Diesel generators are incorporated into off grid solar systems as a backup power source when your energy demands are higher than usual or your battery storage is almost depleted from a lack of solar generation.
Depending on your existing solar equipment, the generator will recharge the batteries and provide power to your house directly at the same time.
The Advantages of diesel generators over petrol generators is that the fuel does not deteriorate over time so there is little concern if the generator has sat unused for extended periods. Diesel motors usually have a much longer life. We recommend that one should adopt a periodic maintenance schedule and run the generator even for just 30 minutes so that when the necessity arises the unit will burst into life.
Suitable as for most 3-4 bedroom homes where the household is sensible about power usage. The unit should be used as an emergency backup to run essential appliances in case of an outage, or used with a standalone solar system to recharge the batteries during extended bad weather conditions.
Suitable to meet the needs of most households with 4 or 5 people without forgoing modern comforts such as air conditioning.
For those extra demanding large households with multiple air conditioners, electric cooking appliances, hot water, and multiple people using these appliances at the same time.
If your energy demands are regularly greater than your solar or off grid solution to the point of the generator being used on a nightly basis to make up the difference then it’s more cost effective to add additional solar panels or increase your battery storage capacity. Taking capital cost into consideration plus fuel to run a generator is about $1.60 per kwh compared to just 20 cents per kilowatt hour of the latest solar hardware.
If you’d like to get a free on-site audit by an off grid solar specialist, please contact us today.
We will find the most cost effective means of meeting your energy demands.