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Although they are most common in remote locations without utility grid service, off-grid solar PV systems can work anywhere. Electricity generated by the panels is stored in a bank of rechargeable batteries as DC, but in order to power household appliances an inverter will be required to convert the stored DC to AC.
These systems operate independently from the grid to provide all of a household’s electricity. That means no electric bills and no blackouts—at least none caused by grid failures. Those who choose to live off-grid often need to make adjustments to when and how they use electricity, so they can live within the limitations of the system’s design. This doesn’t necessarily imply doing without, but rather a shift to a more conscientious use of electricity.
These systems are particularly suitable in remote locations especially those where the property is more than one- quarter mile from the nearest power lines. Often the installation of an off grid PV system proves more cost- effective than extending the power lines.