The Personal Power Plant can be customized to maximize the natural resources available at your location. For example locations with strong wind potential, average wind speed in excess of 10 mph, a larger turbine or taller tower can be added to increase output. Total system output is dependent on location.
Like real estate, it's all about location, location, location. A site with a 15 mph average wind speed will generate hundreds of kwh's more per month than a site with a 10 mph average wind speed. The PV array's can also be optimized using PV optimizers or micro inverters. Microinverters only recommended for the lower array in warmer climates. High voltage of these modules in extreme cold may exceed manufacturers specs for these inverters.
As anyone in the industry knows, the effects of shading on even a single module of an array can have enormous effects on the output of an entire string of modules. In some cases, the shading on a single panel can reduce the output of the entire string by as much as 75% to 90% or more.
Our testing has proven that by using PV optimizers or micro-inverters, shading reduces output by 10% to 30%. Granted, 30% can be a large loss, but it may only be for a small part of the day, either in early morning or late evening. We believe it is worth the investment in either solution, as a 10% temporary loss is much more palatable than a 75 to 90% loss.
lower array comes with eight (8) 145W or 150W Nexpower modules, depending on availability, and a 2kW wind turbine. This 4.3kW system will output between 550kwh and 600kwh per month on average in a good sun, fair wind location. Fair wind being 10 mph average annual wind speed. Good sun being the U.S. southwest where we have about 6.3 sun hours per day at our latitude, 35 to 37 degrees here in New Mexico.
In a location with wind speeds of 12 to 15 mph or more, the turbine can output several hundred more kwh's per month. Again, the power in the wind is all about location, and sometimes about season. In our area, there is very little wind in the summer, less than 10 mph, but in the fall, winter and spring, we have very consistent strong
winds sometimes blowing at 15 to 30 mph day and night for weeks at a time. This is a tremendous power harvest in our area.
Our largest system consisting of five (5) 300W Poly modules, eight (8) 150W Amorphous modules, and a 4kW turbine, for a combined 6.7kW system can output in excess of 800 kwh per month in good sun, fair wind locations. 800kwh per month is enough electricity to power most homes in America. The 4kW turbine can generate over 1000kwh alone in strong enough winds.
Use our calculator to estimate the output of your system. The output of any system will vary depending on products and location. Identical PV modules will provide different outputs installed in New York or Florida. Likewise, identical turbines will generate varying outputs in Kansas or Minnesota.
Every location has varying degrees of sun and wind, but just about every location around the world has both. The beauty of our product is the ability to maximize both. It is the ideal generator for off grid applications.
Why choose an alternative energy source like the Personal Power Plant??: More power per square foot of area. Most PV ground or roof mounted arrays generate 12 to 15 watts per sq. ft. depending on the efficiency of the modules and inverter. The Personal Power Plant takes up about 150 sq. ft. of area. Our standard 4.4kw three source Power Plant outputs about 29 watts per sq. ft. of area. Our unit with a 4kw wind turbine, a 6.4kw system can output about 42 watts per sq. ft.. The average 235W PV module measures about 39" x 69", roughly 18 to 19 sq. ft.. At that size, to fill 150 sq. ft. it takes about 8 modules, less than 1900 watts. A 4.4kw PV array using the average 235W module will take up about 342 sq. ft. of area. Our product generates more than twice the power in 150 sq. ft. space than a standard PV array.