Boyd Solar specializes in high quality, “Off Grid” power systems to provide energy independence and security. Solar Power Systems are an extremely reliable power source that requires minimal maintenance when designed and installed properly.
Erhard Hermann is a “boots on the ground” realistic and practical Certified Master Electrician that has lived totally on renewable energy since 2001 without using a generator or the grid as a crutch. This experience provides the basis for properly designing “Off Grid” Power Systems.
This website has been designed to provide lots of information on Solar Power Systems by providing information on the various factors involved in designing them properly. Erhard designs the systems with reliability and the best long term investment in mind. The systems are designed so as to have minimal or no generator run time, since that is where most of the problems arise in battery based systems. Properly designed systems will also require a minimum amount of operational involvement.
Ideally, Boyd Solar will be involved in the planning stages of the home to help make it solar friendly. Erhard is also a Certified Hydronic Designer and is therefore able to design heating systems that utilize gas and wood boilers. The early involvement in a project also allows for the efficient and proper layout of the mechanical room and location of the solar array and other items.
There are 4 must read pages on this website if you are seriously considering an "Off Grid" system.
While the information contained on this website may seem overwhelming at times and quite technically detailed, it is not for everyone. In order to properly design a system, there really are 3 factors that dictate the system size.
How many KWH per day are required? (this is the technical terms for the amount of energy per day)
What will be the maximum amount of power usage at any point? i.e. what devices could potentially all use power at the same time?
How many days of autonomy are desired prior to running a generator (provided that a generator is installed)? If no generator is to be used, then the Battery Bank and Solar Array will need to be sized accordingly.
It would be very advantages to read through the whole “Off Grid” section starting with Off Grid Power Systems. While it will take a while, it will provide a really good basis for understanding Off Grid Power systems and what is involved in designing and sizing them properly.