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Published on November 12th, 2012 | by James Ayre


New Solar Power Kit Created To Power Homes During Grid Failures, Like Sandy-Caused Blackouts

November 12th, 2012 by  

A new 3-kW solar power emergency kit has been created by Mage Solar. It’s designed to function as an entirely standalone solution to the power outages experienced during disasters.


It is aimed primarily at the residential and small business market, and should work quite well for those purposes. It features an emergency kit that contains the Mage Powertec Plus solar modules, a pitched roof mounting solution, and a solar inverter with a charge controller unit that can charge separate battery systems or function as an electricity source for appliances or communication equipment.

“Other components are included as well, as is the charge controller inverter. This UL-listed device is especially designed to quickly respond to any power requirement and continue to provide electricity from the PV-array to the home even when the grid is unavailable,” Kathleen Zipp of Solar Power World writes. “Traditional grid-tied PV systems usually lack this feature, which has oftentimes been a drawback during prolonged power outages. Besides being both grid-interactive and stand-alone capable, the unit also regulates the charging of back-up batteries. The unit will connect to already existing 48 V battery set-ups or can be integrated with new batteries.”

The mounting solution for the modules is a ‘racking system’ that requires only a bare minimum of tools to set up. Being primarily connected with quick snap-on clamps.

“In light of the recent storms and natural disasters we feel that a combined grid-tied and stand-alone PV-system like the Mage Solar PV-Kit gives end-users the greatest flexibility and independence during power outages,” says Joe Thomas, President and CEO of Mage Solar USA. “We are proud to be able to offer a safe and top-grade system solution to customers who want to be sure the end-user has dependable power no matter what.”

Image Credit: Mage Solar

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  • Senior

    One obvious question is will a quick & easy connect system withstand a storm?

    An alternative that I would suggest would be to create community owned systems rather than only relying on individuals. Protection of the system will still have to be addressed.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Disclaimer: I have doubts about this company.

      Now, to the question. If your panels are mounted correctly they should stay on your roof. If your roof stays attached to your house then you should be able to get power from them. Remember, many more people loose power than loose houses in these storms.

      It makes sense to me to use inverters that will let you feed panel to your house system if the grid goes down. If you could run your refer/freezer a few hours a day direct off solar it should keep your food from spoiling for a while. And you could charge up flashlight/radio batteries.

      Owning a battery bank just to take care of you after storms. That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. When we get better batteries then having storage at the neighborhood level and smart grid switching does.

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