Off Grid Solutions

Off Grid Solutions


Off Grid delivers a clean and efficient energy solution across a wide range of commercial and domestic applications.


So Why Off-Grid?

It’s important to clarify the terminology. When I hear people say “off-grid,” I often assume that they mean they want their home to be renewably powered with independent systems that makes energy on-site. However, when you pry further—and ask if they actually want to cut the cord to the utility, the answer is usually no.

In the renewable energy industry when we say “off-grid,” we mean that literally. The phrase refers to systems that have no connection with the utility grid, and must make all the electricity necessary for the home, business, or application.

Going off-grid is possible and practical in many cases, and the experience of thousands of early renewable energy pioneersand recent off-gridders confirms that. But many people who toss out the phrase have a fairly romantic idea floating in their minds. They imagine having no utility bill, and energy and life being free and easy. The reality is that most utilities supply electricity at a modest cost, and if you take on their job, you have to play all the roles that the utility plays.

Identifying your motivation for going off-grid can clarify your goals and help you understand if the reality will please you. Your specific goals may affect whether going off-grid makes the most sense, and they also may affect the type of system you design and how you live with it.

Common off-grid motivations include:

  • Environmental concerns—a desire to use less energy and make as much as possible from renewable sources;
  • Independence storage away from the electrical utility for philosophical reasons or to eliminate vulnerability from utility outages
  • Political/social values, such as taking responsibility for your energy impacts;
  • Cost—depending on how far you are from the grid, it may make economic sense to stay disconnected.


The SMA Real solution to being Off-Grid

Energy Storage

Changing energy tariffs, issues with grid stability & re-enforcement, energy usage patterns and a desire to maximise the financial returns from renewable energy installations are all motivators to consider localised energy storage installations.

Digging up the street in the middle of the night or delivery of emergency power after a power cut are examples of where temporary power might be used within the utilities sector. 

Delivering that power requirement within the most cost effective means, reducing carbon emissions and having the benefit of not making the noise associated with conventional diesel generators are a set of ideals that can co-exist. 

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