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  • 6.3 kiloWatt Ground Mount Home Solar Array

    @Scooterspal, the standard economical home solar system uses "grid tied" inverters that sync the 60 cycle 240 volt (single phase) electricity you produce to the grid's 60 cycles. These disconnect all power from your panels when the grid's 60 cycle juice disappears as a safety measure. (Homes don't use 3 phase power. That's only for heavy industrial motor use.)Without a working grid you need batteries and battery charging electronics to buffer the DC power generated by solar panels. Those typically roughly double the cost of a home system. However that's what it takes to have off grid solar, even just for emergencies. A gas or diesel powered generator is more economical for emergency use, unless you have regular, long power outages often. What the power company pays you is com...see more »@Scooterspal, the standard economical home solar system uses "grid tied" inverters that sync the 60 cycle 240 volt (single phase) electricity you produce to the grid's 60 cycles. These disconnect all power from your panels when the grid's 60 cycle juice disappears as a safety measure. (Homes don't use 3 phase power. That's only for heavy industrial motor use.)Without a working grid you need batteries and battery charging electronics to buffer the DC power generated by solar panels. Those typically roughly double the cost of a home system. However that's what it takes to have off grid solar, even just for emergencies. A gas or diesel powered generator is more economical for emergency use, unless you have regular, long power outages often. What the power company pays you is completely dependent on your power distribution company where you live. Call them or go to their web site to learn what they are willing to do for you.

    William, thanks for the link. I'll definitely be spending some time there as I'm working to design a portable 1 KW solar power system.

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