Solar power generators are an excellent addition to any emergency kit, but they're also great for every day use around the house or business to cut energy costs.
If you've ever found yourself without power in the middle of a storm, especially with today's unpredictable weather patterns, you may have also wondered whether a generator powered by solar would be worthwhile investment.
There are many benefits of having a solar generator available for powering the necessities and even those things you just want to function when you're experiencing a power outage.
Reasons to have a solar power generator might include:
Solar generators are available in several sizes and wattages. Your purpose for having a solar generator and the number of watts you'll need to keep your home or business up and running will determine how big your generator will need to be and how much it will cost.
The general rule of thumb when considering the cost of a solar generator is to assume the more wattage it produces, the more money it will cost to purchase.
The most expensive part of a solar powered generator is the solar panel system. The power inverter and the deep cycle batteries required to operate a solar generator aren't as expensive, but are still necessary. Warranties on the solar panels is usually around 20 plus years. The warranty on the other parts is typically 1 to 2 years, with a service contract avaiable at an additional cost.
The price range for a solar powered generator varies from a mere $30.00 all the way up to a whopping $50,000.
If you want to recharge your camera or small hand-held device, the small generator at the price point of around $30 will be just right. However, if you are looking to power an entire building or home that has no power at all, you should expect to spend up to $50,000 for a solar generator that can handle the job.
The price range for a small generator would run between $750 and $2,100. This is the most popular size and the most affordable for most people. Small generators can be used to power laptops, clock radios, cordless phones, aquariums, security systems, refrigerator, freezer, lamps, microwave, or coffee maker, to name a few things people might want to stay in operation during a power outage.
Portable solar powered generators can be very small, as in a few inches across. However, the larger units can run as large as 20 feet long and would need special transportation to get it to its destination.
No matter what size generator you have, it must be installed in a location where it gets direct sunlight whenever possible. The greatest disadvantage of solar power generators of course, is that they do require direct sunlight to be able to convert and store the sun's energy for later use.
Cloudy days or extended periods of inclement weather will prevent you from being able to recharge your generator.
Despite the drawbacks, a generator powered by the sun is an excellent supplemental power source or a great alternative power source in the case of an emergency. Just imagine the peace of mind you'll have once you know that your solar generator will be waiting in the wings when and if you have a power outage or interruption. Not only will you be glad you bought the generator, but your family will also be thankful you made the investment!