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Can I Use a Portable Solar Panel at Home?

Photon Brothers Portable Solar Panel

As solar technology becomes increasingly affordable, you can now purchase portable solar panels from many big-box stores. Perhaps you’ve seen these for sale while browsing in your local home-improvement center and asked yourself, Can I use a portable solar panel at home?”

Portable solar panels are useful in many scenarios but have limitations compared to roof-mounted panels. To further explain, in this article we’ll explore:

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If you’d like to learn more about solar panel installation from trusted solar experts, contact Photon Brothers at (720) 370‑3344 (Colorado) or (805) 351‑3371 (California). We offer our customers honest and upfront prices, expert solar advice, and peace of mind with our perfect safety record and 25-year production guarantee. In addition to arranging your FREE in-home or virtual estimate, we can answer your questions regarding financing, tax incentives, warranties, and much more.

The Power Limitations of Portable Solar Panels

Portable solar systems come in a variety of different sizes and types. While they offer reliable and convenient power to suit a number of scenarios, their power output is limited compared to roof-mounted arrays. Let’s take a look at the types of portable panels that are available.

Solar-Powered Portable Battery Charger

Consisting of solar cells and a battery, solar-powered portable battery chargers offer a number of practical uses. These devices often come with a built-in flashlight and can charge using a power cable. They can charge cell phones, tablets, and many other USB devices. Some portable battery chargers have a more generous capacity and can charge larger devices, such as laptops.

Portable Solar Panel Kits

When it’s impossible or difficult to get power from the grid, a portable solar panel kit can give you backup power when required. Larger panel kits can provide power for RV and camper batteries and small fridges.

These systems can perform a similar function to a backup generator without depending on fossil fuels. They also work silently. A solar panel kit in the home could provide power to lamps, a refrigerator, and even a TV.

Solar-Powered Generators

Depending on their output, solar-powered generators can keep a wide range of 240V devices and appliances running, including electric heaters, ovens, and lights. They can be exceptionally handy when a power outage hits and come in various sizes and capacities.

Scenarios Ideal For Portable Panels

Portable panels offer convenient power whenever you are off-grid, either through your choice or when the power goes out. They are ideal for a number of scenarios in and outside the home, including:

  • Camping trips and RV traveling
  • Emergencies
  • Boating and sailing
  • Providing power to solar water pumps
  • Sheds and workshops
  • Providing power to mobile phones, tablets, and laptops

The Importance of Roof-Mounted Solar Panels

Where portable solar panels can offer convenience and sustainable power when and where you need it, and for a wide selection of devices and appliances, nothing can beat roof-mounted solar panels in the home. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits.

  • Solar panels offer green and more affordable energy.
  • Roof-mounted panels utilize otherwise unused space.
  • Depending on your home and power demands, you could eliminate the need for grid power.
  • Roof-mounted panels can often be installed within a day, depending on the size of your array.
  • Panels mounted on a pitched roof are often self-cleaned when rainwater runs down them.
  • You could take advantage of net metering programs and tax incentives.

Roof-mounted panels will give you many years of dependable use and could meet your energy needs around the home. Your solar panel specialist will be able to give you all the information you need about these systems and provide you with a cost-effective estimate.

Why You Need Permanent Connections

There are many reasons why a permanent connection to solar panels makes more sense than using portable panels.

Reliable and Safe Electricity

When installed correctly by a certified and insured professional, roof-mounted solar panels offer a safe and reliable power source throughout your home. They provide power for every device and appliance and could save you money on your energy costs.

Backup Battery Systems

Solar panels, whether roof-mounted or portable, can only generate solar energy while the sun shines. If you want to use that power overnight or during a power outage, you’ll need a backup battery system. Batteries store the excess energy your solar panels make so that it can be used when your panels cannot soak up energy.

Net Metering Programs

Did you know that you could make money from your solar panel installation? Net metering allows homeowners to sell back any electricity they generate and don’t use back to the grid. Many states have passed laws on net metering, including California and Colorado.

The compensation you will receive depends on the regulations and legislation in place for your state. Your solar expert will be able to give you up-to-date information on the latest net metering programs, terms, and compensation.

Have questions about solar panels and your potential energy savings? Call Photon Brothers!

Contact Photon Brothers at (720) 370‑3344 (Colorado) or (805) 351‑3371 (California) to find out more about the many benefits of roof-mounted solar panels and any net metering incentives in place. We’re NABCEP certified, have a perfect safety record, and offer a 25-year production guarantee. Plus, we can install a home battery to help safeguard you during power outages and help you enjoy even MORE energy savings!

Photon brothers Matt Raichart

Matt Raichart

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