Mississippi Solar is receiving an approximate 45% increase in solar requests for strictly off-grid solar systems. Most of these requests are coming from customers who are currently on grid.
Having lived off grid for much of my adult life and with many friends & associates in the solar business currently living off-grid, it is important for customers to understand that living completely off-grid requires a lifestyle change and for now at least is much more expensive than living on grid.
There are advantages to off-grid systems. Remote cabins and lodges for hunting & fishing or homes where utility access is unreasonably expensive are well-suited for an off-grid system.
Please find owner comments from one of our customers, they recently installed a 3 KW off-grid systems.
"We purchased our cabin approximately 2 years ago which had an existing do-it-yourself (diy) off-grid solar system already installed. It quickly became apparent that the existing system was not properly installed and was “pieced” together using various mail-order components yielding little power to operate basic appliances in the cabin. My spouse, Linda and I decided to learn more about solar energy and environmentally friendly options to not only provide power to our cabin but a lifestyle change from what we had grown up accepting as being the norm.
After struggling to operate and utilize our existing solar system for 6 months we contacted Will Hegman with MS Solar to learn more about solar systems and possible options for powering our cabin. The first thing we learned from Will was that the technology which we feared would be too complex for us to understand and operate was much more straight-forward than expected. Secondly, we learned how to manage our energy consumption as well as purchasing energy efficient appliances. Will provided us with guidance on what type of system would be appropriate for our requirements and match with our budget.
Once we determined our energy requirements we then set about selecting a system type and capacity. Our system was installed in a very professional and timely manner. We have been extremely pleased with MS Solar’s quality of workmanship, assistance in planning and on-going support. Our solar system provides for all our primary energy requirements; however, we also had MS Solar install a back-up propane generator for those times when there may be little to no sun for many days. Another key learning of ours was to make certain that the front-end usage planning is one that meets your short and longer term power requirements allowing you to match the system with your need. We can truly say that our investment in solar energy has been one of our best financial investments for our future."
- Linda & Stan Bulger
4.8 kW system was commissioned by Dixie Electric Power Association which is a member of the South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA).
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