Will this solar generator work at night or if it’s cloudy?
Yes. The large deep-cycle, solar batteries integrated into the unit store energy for days, sometimes weeks, of usage.
How long will the solar generator supply power without sun shining on the solar array?
This depends on how much power you draw from the system, the size of the battery bank and how low you want your batteries to get before the inverter shuts off or tells a generator to automatically start and bring the batteries back up to 100% capacity.
The panels are warranteed for 20 to 25 years, depending on make. You can expect 30-40 years of really decent productivity from them. We use IBE batteries in our MS-200 and MS-300 Series models, hands down the best lead-acid solar battery on the market. They are covered for by a 7-year warranty. With proper care you can expect 15 years of use out of an IBE battery bank.
Do I need a permit or license to own a solar generator?
Because the unit is mobile there are no city or state permits required. This means no fees, no inspectors or bureaucratic lag time. Check with local regulations for any specific law we may not be aware of.
Is there a State solar rebate for these solar generator?
No. There is no rebate with the state. But because the unit is on wheels and not permanently installed, it will not increase your property tax.
How long does it take to set the solar generator up after towing?
About 5 to 10 minutes.
What type of maintenance is involved with these solar generators?
The panels should be cleaned regularly. Especially during summer months when there’s a lot of dust and pollen in the air. Just spray them with a hose and squeegee off the water.
The batteries need regular maintenance. Every three weeks you should let them come up to a full charge. About every three months you should equalize them. This is covered more thoroughly in our “Maintenance” section.
Is there a comprehensive warranty on the entire solar generator?
Yes. On top of all the equipment warranties, all solar generators come with a two-year Product Workmanship Warranty.
How long will a solar generator continue to work?
The solar panels, batteries and components that provide power from the panels are designed to last more than 25 years, but the product life will depend on the use patterns and maintenance.
Do the panels go inside the trailer when traveling?
No. The upper array is adjusted to its lowest setting and the side array is folded down along the vertical edge of the trailer.