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Off-Grid Power: Is It Time to Ditch the Grid?

Erica Charles · 23 Nov 2018

"Can I go off-grid with solar?" is a question we are asked at least once a week. When the Big 6 hike electricity prices, make that once a day.

It's a particularly enticing proposition, especially if you are 'self-building' your dream home and aiming for PassivHaus standards and Grand Design prizes.

The short answer is "Yes you can go off-grid with solar."

A better answer is "Don't do it unless your grid connection is really expensive." Instead, make the grid work for you by taking full advantage of time-of-use tariffs (off-peak charging).

To illustrate our better answer, we've modelled an off-grid residential property with an annual electricity consumption of 5,000 kWh.

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Topics: Battery storage, Off grid, Solar PV