Renogy Solar Starter Kit

solar starter kitIf you are like many, the thought of generating your own electricity through solar power excites and intrigues you, but you don’t know how to get started. The good news is with solar starter kits, like this one from Renogy, makes it pretty easy to get your feet wet.

This solar kit starts out at 100 watts, but it can eventually be expanded up to 200 watts. Combine this kit with a battery for storage and a power inverter and for probably less than $400 you can have a pretty nice starter system.

The Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit is a popular solar starter kit. It is designed specifically for customers new to solar. The Starter Kit is great for off-grid applications, such as RVs, trailers, boats, sheds, and cabins – providing many benefits, including, but not limited to, quiet power production and grid independence. This solar kit comes with the tools necessary for a new system: a Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline Solar Panel, a 30A PWM Wanderer Charge Controller, a 20ft 10AWG MC4 Adaptor Kit, an 8ft 10AWG Tray Cable, and a set of Z-brackets.

Who knows, but this may be just what you have been looking for to finally start your solar adventure!

Click here to learn more about this Starter Kit or to purchase it from Amazon.com.

Consider adding a storage battery and power inverter to complement this kit. Here are some possibilities that may work for you. Good luck and stay safe!


35AH 12V DC DEEPCYCLE SLA SOLAR ENERGY STORAGE BATTERY


Power Bright PW1100-12 Power Inverter 1100 Watt 12 Volt DC To 110 Volt AC

 

Solar Power Kits

Grape Solar 400W Off-Grid KitSolar power kits come in all different sizes and configurations, and can be very helpful for providing the major components needed while eliminating much of the guess work. It is common to find kits for both off-grid and grid-tied applications.

For example, the picture to the left and above shows a Grape Solar 400-Watt Off-Grid kit, which includes four 100-watt solar panels, a 2,000-Watt pure sine inverter, a 30 amp charge controller and cabling. At least one 12 volt deep cycle battery is necessary for this kit, but is purchased separately. When assembled and installed, this solar power system will provide approximately 1200-watt hours of electricity per day.  Find more details from Amazon here:

Grape Solar GS-400-KIT 400-Watt Off-Grid Solar Panel Kit

Grape Solar is based in Oregon and they provide a wide range of solar power kits that are reasonably priced and come with good warranties. Here is another Grape Solar power kit that is designed for a grid-tied application.

Grape Solar 1000W Expandable Grid-Tied KitThis kit includes four 250-Watt solar panels, and four microinverters making it easily expandable and ideal for areas with intermittent shading issues.  Since this is a grid-tied application there would not be batteries or a charge controller.

When assembled and installed, this solar power system can generate between 720kWh and 1,680kWh of electricity per year.  Find more details from Amazon here:

Grape Solar GS-1000-KIT 1000-Watt Expandable Monocrystalline PV Grid-Tied Solar Power Kit

This post has talked mainly about kits and mentioned a couple of examples, but keep in mind that there are many reputable companies that can do it all for you and provide you with an installed, turn-key system. Also,  you can go to the opposite extreme and design and piece together everything on your own. However, for many, purchasing a solar power kit that fits their needs may be a happy medium and more to their liking.

Note: Professional installation by a licensed electrician or a knowledgeable solar installer is highly recommended and may be required. Always check local building and zoning codes, along with homeowner associations prior to purchasing or installing a solar system.