Step 1: Calculating Your Power Load Needs
Load Evaluation Calculator
If you are unsure of how much power you use on a daily basis, you can use the form below to calculate your power needs.
Estimated Appliance Electrical Consumption Table
The figures below are approximate, for the best results you should use the ratings on your own appliances
|Central Air Conditioner||5000||Electric Blanket||200||Hedge Trimmer||450|
|Electric Clothes Dryer||3400||Shaver||15||Weed Eater||500|
|Hair Dryer||1538||Well Pump (1/3-1 HP)||480 - 1200||1/2" Drill||750|
|Dishwasher||1200 - 2400||Laptop||60 - 250||1" Drill||1000|
|Coffee Machine||1500||Plasma TV||339||9" Disc Sander||1200|
|Microwave||1500||LCD TV||213||3" Belt Sander||1000|
|Popcorn Popper||1400||25" Color TV||150||12" Chain Saw||1100|
|Toaster Oven||1200||19" Color TV||70||14" Band Saw||1100|
|Hot Plate||1200||12" Black n White TV||20||7-1/4" Circular Saw||900|
|Iron||1100||Stereo||10 - 30||8-1/4" Circular Saw||1400|
|Toaster||1100||Satellite Dish||30||Refrigerator / Freezer**|
|Microwave||500 - 1500||Radiotelephone - Receive||5||20 cubic ft (AC)||1411 wh/day|
|Room Air Conditioner||1100||Radiotelephone - Send||40 - 150||16 cubit ft (AC)||1200 wh/day|
|Water Heater||479||100W Incandescent Bulb||100||15 cubic ft (Upright)||1240 wh/day|
|Sink Waste Disposal||450||25W CFL Bulb||28||15 cubic ft (Chest)||1080 wh/day|
|Espresso Machine||360||50W DC Incandescent Bulb||50||Cell Phone - Recharge||2 - 4|
|Dehumidifier||350||40W DC Halogen Bulb||40||MP3 Player - Recharge||.25 - .40|
|Blender||300||20W DC CFL Bulb||22||
* Even when appliances like TVs, VCRs and more are turned off, they still draw power
** Refrigerators actually cycle ON/OFF all day long to maintain their temperatures. To estimate the actual run-time at full wattage, divide the hours the fridge is plugged in by 3
Additionally, you can find the daily kwh usage of an appliance, by dividing the Energy Star rating by 365
|Humidifier||300 - 1000||CFL Bulb (40W Equivalent)||11|
|Video Game System||195||CFL Bulb (60W Equivalent)||18|
|Standard TV||188||CFL Bulb (75W Equivalent)||20|
|Monitor||150||CFL Bulb (100W Equivalent)||30|
|Portable Fan||100||Engine Block Heater||150 - 1000|
|Ceiling Fan||100||Portable Heater||1500|
|Can Opener||100||Waterbed Heater||400|
|Curling Iron||90||Stock Tank Heater||100|
|Cable Box||20||Clothes Dryer - Gas Heated||300 - 400|
|Clock Radio||7||Furnace Blower||300 - 1000|
Step 2: Determining Your Solar Resources & Calculating Your Solar Array Size Needs
Is your cabin a great spot for a solar power system? The chances are yes. You can use the table and the map below to determine just how much sun you really get at your home. With this information and a power load sizing sheet, you can determine exactly which of our cabin solar kits is the perfect fit for your power needs.
Buy Manufacturer Direct And Save Even More!
When you purchase through Silicon Solar, you will save as much as 20-30% vs buying your system through a local solar installer because you aren't paying a retail markup by buying manufacturer direct.
A solar installer may charge as much as $10.00 / watt (plus installation costs). But, at Silicon Solar, your system can cost as little as $5.95 - 7.95 / watt.
|System Size||Typical Installer
|150W||$ 1,500||$ 1,050||$ 450|
|450W||$ 4,500||$ 3,145||$ 1,355|
|850W||$ 8,500||$ 5,950||$ 2,550|
Complete System Financing Available
With Silicon Solar Flex-Pay Financing, you can reduce your electric bill every month witha TruPower cabin solar system.
Complete System Engineering & Design
For years, we offered our customer pre-packaged cabin PV systems, however, during that time we discovered that our most satisfied customers with the highest return on their investment were those who used our engineering professionals to design, purchase and install a custom cabin solar system carefully engineered to meet their specific needs.
Today, all of our PV system sales are engineered custom PV systems.
To get started:
- Determine your PV system size needs using the calculator to the right
- Contact our cabin PV professionals using the contact form to the right
- Place your $800 engineering deposit & design fee through your sales rep
- Purchase your recommended cabin PV system
- Let us arrange professional installation with one of our local PV installers
Note: Your design fee will be applied to your system purchae when you complete your order, or returned if you choose not to purchase through Silicon Solar.
What Will Your Cabin PV System Include?
How Much Sun Is Available Where You Live?
What's In A Cabin Solar System?
Cabin solar kits from Silicon Solar are affordable, powerful and hassle-free complete solar power systems that are ideal for a variety of off-grid and remote solar power applications – including cabins, cottages, remote homes, hunting lodges, remote power systems and anywhere that power is needed but the cost of bringing in electric lines is cost-prohibitive.
Our cabin solar kits include:
- High efficiency solar panels
- Professional mounting hardware (made in the USA)
- Battery bank (overcast protection)
- Charge controller
- Off-grid DC-AC inverter (AC kits only)
- Pre-cut panel & system wiring
Check out our featured remote solar power system to the right, or our complete selection of cabin solar kits below.
The best solar panels for your cabin solar kit are high-quality crystalline solar panels. Our crystalline solar panels are available from as small as 50 watts up to 200 watts (or more). Amorphous solar panels (like our own 15 - 40 watt modules or Harbor Freight's 15 watt panels) are among the most low-cost solar panels you can purchase, however, they are also the least efficient. Each of our pre-packaged Solar Cabin Kits include today's best-performing, high-efficiency crystalline solar panels.
There are 3 main types of mounting hardware you can choose from for your solar cabin kit:
- Flush Mounting - Roof The most common solar panel mounting. Works with tilted roofs and uses the slope of the roof to provide the tilt needed for the solar panels.
- Tilt Mounting - Roof / Ground Mount your solar panels on a tilted frame. Can be used on the roof or the ground to provide additional tilt angle for the solar panels
- Top Of Pole Mounting Mount up to 12 solar panels on the top of a schedule 40 steel pipe. Allows for the use of automatic trackers for increased performance.
The type of mounting that you choose will come down to your budget, the specific needs of your location, and your own personal preference. A sales representative can assist you with deciding which type is correct for you.
All of our mounting hardware is made in the USA using the strongest, most technically-advanced materials and manufacturing tools.
Batteries are a critical component in a solar cabin kit. Good batteries (AGM or SLA type) are used to store the power generated by your solar panels. All of your appliances pull the power that they need from your battery bank. You battery bank is also a great backup for cloudy days or during the night (when your solar panels are not producing any power). When sizing your battery bank, you should take into consideration the number of days your location can go without sunlight (how many cloudy days in a row might you get) because if you do not have a large enough set of batteries, you will not have any power.
The charge controller has one simple but important job. The charge controller keeps your batteries from being overcharged when they are full. Overcharging can damage your batteries (or completely ruin them) so, a low-cost charge controller can save thousands of dollars in replacement batteries - an ounce of prevention and all.
DC to AC Inverter
Solar panels produce and batteries store DC power. This is direct-current electricity. However, most appliances and electronic devices use AC (alternating current) electricity. This is why typical household power is delivered as AC electricity. The DC - AC inverter with your solar cabin kit transforms the DC power from your solar panels / batteries into more useable AC electricity. If your cabin's appliances use DC power, then you can choose one of our DC solar cabin kits because you will not need the inverter. The inverter will increase the cost of your cabin solar kit, however, DC appliances typically cost more than their AC counterparts and most modern buildings are setup to use AC power. You will need to determine to cost-benefit analysis of your choices (AC or DC cabin kit).
Your cabin solar kit has a number of places where specific wires and cables are needed. Our cabin solar kits come with most of these wires and cables included, though, if you have longer wiring runs, additional wiring may be required. Typically, you will need the following wiring or cables for your system.
- From solar panels to your charge controller
- From charge controller to your batteries
- Interconnection cables for your batteries
- From your batteries to your power loads (DC kits)
- From your batteries to your inverter (AC kits)
- From your inverter to your power loads (AC kits)
Silicon Solar provide a 30 year power guarantee on the TruPower solar panels. We offer the longest power guarantee on the solar panel in the industry to assure our TruPower solar panels generations of energy, and also to assure you that you get the right return based on your investment. Silicon Solar's TruPower Solar panel 30 year power guarantee provide a level of reliability that is beyond compare.10 YEAR PRODUCT WARRANTY Silicon solar also offers a 10 year component warranty on the TruPower Series Components. By using Silicon Solar for your innovative solar solutions, you can benefit from our warranty! Please contact us or call us for more information about warranty at 1.800.786.0329.