Off Grid Solar Systems - Kuga Electrical

Say Goodbye to Price Hikes and Hello to Energy Security

If you’re in a remote community or run a business that relies on guaranteed power, having a reliable source of electricity is vital. However, with aging technology and ludicrously high connection costs, connecting to the traditional electricity grid can be a hard pill to swallow.

Off-grid solar systems offer a way for you to opt out and take direct control of your electricity needs with renewable energy.

At KUGA Electrical, we’re Australia’s experts in stand-alone solar systems that help our customers enjoy energy independence and save money.

Book your feasibility report for off-grid solar, or contact our team to chat about your requirements.

What is an Off Grid Solar System?

As the name implies, off grid systems are solar setups that are not connected to the main power grid. This creates a closed energy system for your home or business, where you can generate your own electricity to use however you want.

An off grid power system consists of four main elements:

  1. Solar panels (can be a traditional roof setup or ground mounted solar panels)
  2. Solar battery systems to store energy
  3. Integrated backup power supply (such as a diesel generator, wind turbine or hydro); and
  4. Inverter and/or charger which acts as the interface between the different inputs.

The Benefits of Off-Grid Solar

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Avoid grid power outages

The main power grid isn’t just costly; it’s unreliable! With an off grid setup, you can protect yourself from frequent power outages. Even when the sun is down, solar batteries and backup generators ensure that you’re always switched on.

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No electricity bills

It’s no secret that electricity prices in Australia are on the rise. With off grid solar, you can beat these rising costs and won’t have to stare at any pesky electricity bills ever again. Your power will be 100% generated in-house for you to use freely.

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Protect your equipment

Power quality is also superior with off grid systems, particularly in rural locations. This increased quality extends the useful life of your equipment and appliances.

If you have expensive electrical equipment, this benefit alone can justify the investment in off grid solar.

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Can be cheaper than connecting the property to the grid

Depending on your location, connecting a remote location to the main power grid can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sometimes, it can even run up into the millions.

An off grid system can be much more affordable, especially when you consider the fact it will eventually pay for itself through the free energy it generates for you.

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Certainty over energy costs

When you divorce yourself from the main power grid, you won’t be at the mercy of energy price hikes that impact other businesses. Off grid solar will give you ongoing certainty about the cost of powering your property or business.

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Resilient, easy-to-use and low-maintenance

Modern off grid systems are reliable and easy to maintain, even with the harsh Australian climate. They can be fully automated, monitored and controlled online from a computer.

Off-Grid Solar Case Study: Mining Site

On this project, the customer had a rural mining site where they needed to power the accommodation for workers, site sheds (offices) and a workshop. The grid connection cost was quoted at over $1.5mil, so the customer naturally wanted a cheaper alternative.

We approached the customer with the project design for a pitch work. KUGA provided an off-grid solar system that ground-mounted the solar panels, including an over 1mW containerised battery solution, including the inverter, battery cells, air conditioning, and LED lighting. We then also had a backup diesel generator connected.

The customer achieved ROI within 18 months, and the entire site will run off-grid for over 12 years with very minimal maintenance costs.

Installing Off Grid Solar with KUGA Electrical: Our Process

Every off grid solar system we design is completely customised for each customer. That’s because, in an off grid installation, there are a host of variables that vary by property, location, power usage profile and available budget.

Our CEC-accredited experts can design the right off grid system to meet your power usage requirements and budget. We are able to meet any technical challenges associated with setting up a robust independent power supply to your property or business.

Our process for designing and pricing a reliable off grid system involves:

1. Site Assessment

  • Understand client requirements and budget
  • Completing a comprehensive energy audit
  • Mapping current and expected load profile

2. Battery Storage Design

  • Work out the number of days of autonomy required without drawing on a backup power supply. This will determine the size of the solar battery system.
  • Determining the optimal battery management requirements and cell type, i.e., lithium-ion, deep cycle gel batteries, and lead-acid batteries.
  • Designing the battery storage solution, including electrical infrastructure and cabinet design.
  • Assessing the options for the location of the battery bank, i.e., within an existing building or custom-built unit.

3. Solar Panels Design

  • Assessing options for solar panel installation, i.e., ground-mounted or roof-mounted.
  • Identifying the best solar panels brand for the site.

4. Back-up Power Options

  • Assessing options and costs for backup power, including diesel generator, wind turbine, and hydro, as well as integration with the solar system.

5. Installation Logistics

  • Identifying technical challenges relating to installation at the site. This will determine how much of the system setup is done off-site.

6. Fully Costed Quotation

  • Proposal and quotation for system installation and, if required, 24/7 maintenance and monitoring. Return on investment estimates and details of any applicable government incentives or rebates. Finance options are available on request. 

How to Pay for Your Off Grid Solar System

The most common ways to fund your off-grid solar project are:

  • Outright purchase
  • Finance through a chattel mortgage or a rental agreement
  • Solar PPA

During the project feasibility phase, your initial consultation with our team also goes through the ideal way you would like to fund the solar project. Off-grid projects are also eligible for business solar rebates like STCs and LGCs, and KUGA can give you an upfront discount on installation based on the market value of these certificates.

We are Australia’s Premier Off Grid Solar Specialists

At KUGA Electrical, we believe that reliable power in remote locations is a necessity, not a luxury. We have the skills and expertise to design, install and maintain off-grid solar systems in Australia for businesses, entire communities, government organisations and households.

No matter how complex your off grid power requirements are, we have the capabilities to design an off grid solar system that provides you, your business, or your community with guaranteed power 24/7, 365 days a year.

We can also provide project financing and can advise on solar rebates for off grid power systems in Australia.

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Go Off Grid with KUGA Today

The team at KUGA Electrical has deep experience helping communities and businesses like yours go off grid and enjoy a cheaper, more reliable energy future. We only use high-quality components from the best brands, and we are fully accredited off grid specialists.

Get in touch for expert, obligation-free advice and a quotation.

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