Since their debut on the market, off-grid solar trailers have been touted as “complete power systems” for end users. However, the reality often falls short, lacking the solar capacity and functional battery bank required to sustain a property. In 2020, one of our customers learned this first hand after investing in such a trailer with hopes of it serving as a permanent power solution for their residence—a hope that went unfulfilled. Faced with having to make another substantial investment, the customer sought to salvage usable components from the trailer to support a permanent power solution.
Enter NewGrid, which devised and implemented a permanent power system infrastructure featuring a new equipment shelter, battery bank, and solar array. Many components were repurposed from the solar trailer, and since January 2021, the property has operated off-grid with minimal generator use This case underscores the wisdom we attempt to impart on our customers: stay clear of solar trailers and kits in the off-grid realm, there’s no “one size fits all” solution in this world.