Panels for Select Household Appliances?

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I have just started working for a solar panel installation company and I am new to this so I am not really sure. But is it possible to have panels that provide energy for select household appliances? For example having a panel (not really sure about sizes) for you refrigerator, or television, or computer, or a combination of select appliances. I believe if this was possible it would appeal to those who cannot afford entire arrays.
How do you go by doing that though? I’ve helped install entire arrays and they go from the inverter to the meter correct? I am still new to this. I am taking a class soon but I want to get a head start.
I assume they wouldn’t only let the appliances rely on the just the panels in case it is a cloudy day. I wouldn’t want my refrigerator to just stop working.


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4 Responses to “Panels for Select Household Appliances?”

  1. scientistharsh Says:

    It is absolutely possible. I power my entire house using solar power. But a few of my friends are not financially strong to buy a whole array so I recommended them to calculate the watt per hour consumption of all the appliances that they want to power using solar power. Then I asked them to buy solar panels that had the average output a little above the required quantity. Now they power refrigerators and other few smaller kitchen appliances with solar power while other appliances are powered by using the power from the grid.
    It is really useful for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money in solar panels.

  2. Breath on the Wind Says:

    There are two ways to do this. You could as another poster suggested calculate the amount of electricity needed to power certain appliances and the balance would have to be purchased on the grid. In the event of a power failure the balance of the electrical usage would have to be disconnected.

    It would also be possible to provide separate outlets that were only powered by the solar array. Some trailers do this for 12 volt appliances. The drawback is that you would need a separate wiring system for the separate outlets. Backup power from the grid would be doable but a little tricky. The labor and equipment required to do this would in most instances make this option impractical.

    The more electricity that someone uses the more quickly the system will pay for itself. If your heating and car were electric you would be offsetting the cost of alternative fuels for these items as well as your normal house power requirements. Conversely a limited system may have a longer payback period even though the capital investment is less.

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