Free Custom Design & Support

Call us to discuss your system today!  208-263-4290

Learning Center


Backwoods Solar Off-Grid Power & Solar Panels Learning Center

We want our customers to stay educated and knowledgeable about off-grid power systems and solar panels for their homes and businesses.

 

Read about some of our more common questions below and if you have any other questions, feel free to call us 208-263-4290.

 

A Simple Explanation - An overview of a PV system for your home or RV.

 

Living Off the Grid - Off Grid Living - Backwoods Solar

LIVING OFF THE GRID ARTICLES

Upgrading Your Off-Grid Power Systems - Three voltage choice add-ons to upgrade or expand your existing off-grid system with minimal changes to the existing configuration.

Preparing for Winter - A checklist of those things to review before winter arrives!

The Off-Grid Home - How to get started with homemade electricity in a remote home.  Rough ideas of what systems cost and where to put them.

Appliance Selection for your Off-Grid Home - Detailed descriptions of everything from simple lighting, computers and electrical components to large appliances.

DC Fridges - Protect your food with a backup solution.

How Much Power Do You Use? - Explains AC Load calculations, as well as a downloadable worksheet. Solar Radiation Map with percentages to compensation for cloudy days in order to help determine watts needed.

MPPT Charge Controllers Explained - Why this type of charge controller is necessary in some installations.

When to Use DC Appliances & Voltage Converters - Explains when it makes sense to use DC power directly.

Safety & Local Help - Safety and code with links to websites that can help.

Wiring Your Home for Efficiency - Best practices for wiring your home to maximize your renewable energy systems.

Wire Sizing Charts - Charts that help you figure out your wiring needs.

Battery Wiring Diagrams - Diagrams of typical battery configurations for 12V, 24V and 48V systems.




GRID-TIE ARTICLES

Is Your Electric Bill Too High? - Grid-tie systems and how they work to reduce or eliminate your electric bill through net-metering.

Utility Outages & Backup Power - Off-grid power systems and creating a back-up system.

AC-Coupling Explained - Our easy to set-up grid-tie retrofit kits that allow you to add battery back up to your existing grid-tie battery-less system without rewiring the existing set-up.

AC-Coupling Options - Several examples of AC-Coupled Magnum systems.

High Voltage DC Coupled Charging - A different approach to adding batteries for back up power to an existing grid-tie array.

Sizing Your Grid-Tie System - Solar radiation map and formulas for sizing your system.




MICRO HYDRO POWER ARTICLES

Sizing a Micro Hydro System - Discusses the steps to take to determine if your stream is suitable for generating your electricity.

Scott & Tracey's Micro  Hydro Story - Read about Scott and Tracey's experience of installing their micro-hydro system here in North Idaho.




OTHER OFF GRID LIVING ARTICLES


Our Customers' Stories - Current - Archive1

Solar Power for Your RV or Boat

Solar Powered Water Pumping

How to Wire an Inverter in an RV

Environmental Concerns

Self-Reliance and Preparedness

Getting through Utility Outages

Hybrid Wind Power Solutions - Is Wind the Right Choice For You?

Solar Array Wiring - DIY