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3kw solar system
Sizing together the parts of a solar system is a difficult task for someone who has never done it before. That’s why we offer pre-combined solar systems at A1SolarStore: our engineers pick the parts so that they fit together well. We offer 3kw solar systems for sale that can be designed to match your needs: grid-tie, off-grid and hybrid variations.
What can a 3kw solar system run
While 3 kW is a relatively small power capacity for a solar system, it is more than enough for any mobile installation, such as an RV or a boat system. It also can substantially lower the dependance of your house on commercial electricity. A 3kw solar panel system can produce from 10 to 15 kWh per day, depending on your location, system positioning, weather, shading and, of course, panels themselves. Grid-tie installation allows you to sell energy to the utility, making your system pay for itself in 6-8 years on average.
If you are looking to power a house in a remote location where there are no power lines, you can pair a 3kw solar system with battery. Generally, you would prefer to have an energy bank of such a capacity that would give you a complete energy autonomy for 1-2 days. Keep in mind, however, that 3 kW is a relatively modest capacity, thus this solar power system most likely won’t be able to support, for instance, a house with an air conditioning unit on its own.
3kw solar system cost
The final cost of your system depends on a number of factors, such as your system design, type of installation, installer services, your location and, of course, the panels that you choose. Let’s briefly go over them.
When it comes to PV modules, the cheapest ones come from China. The world’s largest brands are all Chinese: Jinko, Trina, JA, LONGi Solar. Their panels show high efficiency rates, but their warranties are pretty average. North American panels are more expensive, but their quality is high. The most expensive and the most advanced PV modules come from brands like LG, Panasonic and Sunpower.
The 3kw solar system prices also vary depending on configuration. Ground-based systems are always cheaper than rooftop installations, though ground installations are more common with systems larger than 3 kW, especially of a commercial and industrial scale. Panels on the ground also require more maintenance because they get dirty quicker, but you can adjust their positioning and angle more easily for better production.
Grid-tie 3000 kw solar system is the cheapest option. All that you’ll need is an inverter and some panels: from 6 to 10 modules. You can pick either a string inverter or pair your modules with microinverters. Microinverters are a slightly more expensive option but they are more efficient, long-lasting and have better monitoring capabilities. If your system will experience shading, you should pair a string inverter with solar optimizers.
A hybrid 3kw solar kit is different in a way that it must have a special type of inverter. Hybrid inverters support energy storage and some models even have a built-in battery and a controller for it. A hybrid system ensures uninterrupted power supply: whenever a power outage happens in the grid, the inverter switches your house to battery support. It’s especially important when you, for instance, work from home.
An off grid 3kw solar system always requires batteries — and batteries are expensive in general. You need an energy storage for night consumption and for days when panels don’t produce enough. Lead-acid batteries were the go-to choice for many years, but lithium-ion batteries are better. They are pricey, but they last longer, they are more efficient and their depth of discharge is higher.
Apply for incentives
The American government puts a lot of hope into solar and helps citizens to switch to solar energy. You can greatly offset your 3 kw solar system cost by applying for different programs, federal or local. The most important one of them is the Federal Solar Tax Credit: in 2022 you can get back 26% of your installation cost through taxes. You can ask your contractor about all the incentives that can be available to you and he may help you with the paperwork.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose the right system size?
Your utility bills contain the energy consumption data for your home. All you need to do is divide the daily figure by the number of peak sun hours in your area. The result will be a gross estimate of a system size needed to offset 100% of your energy needs. Please refer to our article on sizing solar panel systems for more detailed instructions.
How do I know if a system is good for my house?
You can browse through our catalog and pick a system with desired power output and functionality. Our engineer with 20+ years of experience will adapt it based on the information you provide. He will take into account your location, roof pitch, house orientation and other factors. You don’t need to know a single thing about solar – we will support you at every stage.
Which system (grid-tie, off-grid or hybrid) will work for me the best?
It is impossible to give a good recommendation without knowing any details, but we can share the general principles. A grid-tie system is the standard choice: it is the most affordable and lets you take advantage of net metering. You need an off-grid system if the grid is unavailable or full independence is desired. A hybrid system is a mix of the two, performing equally well with and without a grid connection. You can find a more nuanced take on the difference among the three types in our article.
Does a solar system include all that is needed for installation?
Yes, our systems include absolutely all components. You won’t need to buy any extra parts to install it and start generating power.
Will you install the solar panel system for me?
Currently we do not provide installation services. You will need to contact an independent solar installer.
Do you offer a warranty for your solar panel systems?
All components of our systems come with a manufacturer’s warranty. We also stand behind the work of our engineers who configure the systems and guarantee full compatibility.
How can I get my system?
We work with the top freight carriers like XPO, FedEx, ODFL, R&L, etc. We also offer a free pickup option so that our clients could get the equipment cheaper and faster. Note that pickup is dependent on the availability of equipment in our fulfillment centers, and may not be feasible in your location.
Do deliveries of solar panel systems take longer?
We deliver our systems as fast as the rest of our equipment. Typically it takes 5 to 7 days.
Do you have all the displayed systems in stock?
Yes, we offer full transparency and update the availability of items in real time.
What is the benefit of buying a solar panel system compared to buying all the equipment element by element?
Our systems are configured by an engineer with more than 20 years of experience. We will adapt the kit to your conditions and ensure compatibility.
Does a solar panel system come with a plan or a manual?
The equipment manufacturers normally provide user manuals for their products. These can be accessed via our website or the official websites of the respective manufacturers. Aside from that, we do not provide any other materials, but we're ready to consult you along the way.
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