Solar Panel Kit Overview
This article reviews 100-watt solar panel kits, which I’ll refer to as a 1KW Solar Panel Kit or a 1KW Solar Panel System, and I discuss these in more detail below.
Table of Contents
- Solar Panel Kit Overview
- Planning Your Solar System Needs
- Why a 1000 Watt Solar Panel?
- How Much Energy Will a 1,000 Watt Kit Generate?
- What Size Solar Panels Should I Consider?
- Example of 1000-watt Solar Panel Installations
- Popular 1,000 Watt Solar Panel Kits
- Related Posts
Planning Your Solar System Needs
Planning your Solar System needs is important, and if you are still trying to narrow down exactly what you need, I’ve included a good video below.
The video is about 15 minutes long and will help you size your system and it’s components.
Why a 1000 Watt Solar Panel?
You do not need a 1000 watt solar panel kit to start your journey off-grid, but a kit this size is a great start! This size solar panel kit will provide enough power during the day while also charging batteries to be used at night. If a 1,000-watt kit is a big leap, you might also consider a 500 Watt solar panel kit.
How Much Energy Will a 1,000 Watt Kit Generate?
Many solar panel kits are 24-volt systems. While you can use a 1000 watt solar panel system with a 12-volt system, the downside is that you will be drawing more current from your batteries and will lose power when your battery cables heat up.
A 1000 watt solar panel system does not mean you have 1000 watts to use. The 1000 watt rating refers to the amount of power that will be returned to your battery bank from the sunlight.
A 1000 watt solar panel system will deliver 1000 watts to your batteries every hour that the sun is directly over the panels. Depending on your location and time of year, you will get an average of 5 – 12 hours of sunlight daily.
This means your 1000 watt solar panel kit can theoretically deliver 5,000 – 12,000 watts of power to your battery bank. In practice, estimate 50-70% of that amount. The sun is only directly over your panels for about 1 hour each day. The rest of the day it is at an angle, and your panels will not deliver the total 1000 watts.
What Size Solar Panels Should I Consider?
Right now, there are no single 1,000-watt solar panels on the market. There are a few 400 Watt solar panels on the market, and recently single 500-watt solar panels hit the market (2020).
How then would you get your 1000 watt solar panel system? You can do this by combining panels and purchasing efficient solar panels that generate increased output in a smaller footprint.
With a combination of solar panels, you can achieve a 1,000-watt system. You can read more about solar panel sizes below.
There are a few things to keep in mind as you choose your solar panels.
- The amount of space you have for solar panels is important. Less space will require more efficient panels.
- Do you plan to expand your solar system in the future? There is a good chance you will if this is your first system.
- Durability – This is important if you will be remote. Check the warranty and make sure your panels meet durability standards.
How Many Batteries Do I Need for a 1000-watt Solar System?
I suggest you consider at least a 200AH battery bank. This means you can run 12 x 200 watts of power for 1 hour or 200Watts for 12hrs. This also depends on how deeply you deplete your batteries. Most deep cycle batteries can only be drained up to 50% of their rating. This means that you can run 100 watts for 12hrs on a 200AH battery bank.
A new type of deep cycle battery called the LiFePO4 battery can be depleted deeper and still be charged. They are more expensive but more efficient.
A 200AH Battery bank can be achieved with two 100AH batteries or four 50AH batteries. You can also buy one 200AH battery that is a 24V battery.
Example of 1000-watt Solar Panel Installations
Components needed to build a similar System. This is if you want to build your own solar power kit.
- 320 Watt (4) Solar Panels
- Outback Flexmax 80amps charge controller
- 2500watts 120v Inverter
- 4x AGM 105amps hour made into 24volts
- Subpanel and dedicated outlets
The system above runs a 6000 BTU window air conditioner, washing machine and other electronics for 10hrs daily.
Popular 1,000 Watt Solar Panel Kits
Renogy 1200 Watt Solar Panel Kit
The Renogy Kit is a good package but does not include a battery or inverter like many other kits. Reviews are generally positive, and currently, 4 and 5-star reviews comprise 88% of all reviews.
Even without the battery or inverter, Renogy includes more of the small “extra accessories” than the other kits. They also have a combiner box and you really can’t beat their 320W Monocrystalline Solar Panels.
You are going to pay a little more for this kit but you are also going to get more value with the components you do get, and have flexibility in the ability to easily expand this system.
If you check out some of the more expensive systems on the market, you will also find dealers using the Midnite components.
- 4 x Renogy 320W Monocrystalline Solar Panel
- 1 x MidNite Classic MPPT Charge Controller-150
- 1 x Midnite Solar Combiner Box MNPV6
- 2 x MidNite Solar 15A-150 Circuit Breaker
- 1 x MidNite Breaker MNEDC100
- 1 x MidNite MNEDC- Quad Enclosure
- 1 x Renogy 8ft 8AWG Stranded & 2 x 40ft 10AWG Adaptor Kit
- 1 x Renogy 16ft 4AWG Tray Cable & 1 x 8ft 4AWG THHN & 1 x 8ft 4AWG Double Ring
ECO-WORTHY 1KW Complete Solar Panel System Kit with Battery and Inverter
Eco-Worthy makes a good product, but there are some mixed reviews.
That said, this is a pretty complete solar kit with two batteries and an inverter included. None of the other solar kits provide this many components.
The biggest complaint are quality complaints around shipping the products intact, and the inadequate cables and lack of any fuses. Even five-star reviews complain about needing larger cables, so make sure you review your power needs and order the right size.
Although there are numerous complaints about receiving broken components, feedback also indicates that Eco-Worthy is quick to ship any replacements needed.
Reviews are generally positive, and currently, 4 and 5-star reviews comprise 75% of all reviews.
- 6 pcs 195W Solar Panel
- 1 pc 3.5KW Inverter with Remote Controller & 6.5ft Cable
- 1 pc 60A Charge Controller
- 2 pcs 100AH Battery
- 2 pcs 16.4′ 12AWG Solar Cable
- 6 sets Z Mounting Bracket
Goosun 1000-watt Solar Panel Kit
Goosun appears to be new to the Amazon platform. There are no reviews yet, and they don’t do a very good job listing their components. The picture and title don’t match what they state the package includes.
After piecing together the details in the description, the picture does appear to be accurate.
All of the “Best Of” sites and “Reviews” on-line tell you it is a great kit, and then state what Amazon has on it’s website, but it would be great to hear from anyone who has used the Goosun kit since I could not find any reviews on-line.
As a matter of fact, send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll pay you for a review and pictures of this kit in action!
- 6pcs 160W Monocrystalline Solar Panels
- 6-string combiner box
- 60A PWM Charge Controller
- 1pc 12V 100Ah lead-acid Battery
- ?pc Mounting Brackets
This kit has good feedback and is easy to install. The kit is commonly used by boon dockers and boaters, or those looking for backup power during outages.
The flexible panels are easier to mount on the roofs of RV’s and trucks making this kit appealing for these groups.
The only component not included is the batteries.
Most complaints are related to shipping, which is a common theme for components coming from overseas. In this case it is not breakage but that the components are shipped separately.
There is also some feedback about the panels not producing the wattage expected, but this is less than feedback about the panels performing well.
At the time of this article, four and five star reviews accounted for 79% of the total reviews.
- 10pcs 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panels
- 6-string combiner box
- 2,000W Pure Sine Inverter
- 45A PWM Charge Controller
- 2x 5in1 PV Connectors
- 2x 3M cable with PV Connector
- 1x3M cable with alligator clip
The simple answer is yes. There are many things to consider before you purchase your system. What size do you need? What components are needed? How much room do you have for panels? These are just a few questions, but with the evolution of Solar Technology, it is becoming easier to do it yourself with more resources to consult.
The 1,000k kits above cost anywhere from $1,500 – $3,300, and costs vary based on components included – panels, battery, charge controller, inverter, etc. In addition to these parts of the system you will need racking for the batteries, cabling, etc. These can add up, so make sure you plan out and price your system prior to purchasing.
Solar panels will definitely save you money on your electric bills, but this depends on where you are located (peak sun hours) and what type of system you install.