Solar panels provide flexibility for remote locations, allowing buildings in such areas to decrease reliance on power from a local grid. The sustainable systems also come with cost-effective benefits, serving as a viable alternative to traditional underground cables and trenching for power lines.
Operations in far-flung areas have two options to consider for solar power: permanent and portable systems.
Permanent Solar PV Installations
Permanent solar panels are typically setup on rooftops of buildings. This ensures maximum space-saving benefits, as well as moderate insulation from outdoor elements. A drawback with this type of installation is mobility. Renewable power must be used within the area, confined by the general location of the battery components and connections to the system.
However, permanently installed solar panels are usually larger and are more capable of supporting heavy power consumption, making the units perfect for large-scale operations in remote areas.
Portable Solar Panels and Outdoor Operations
Portable solar panels are mounted on a cart or tower for portability and exposure to sunlight. Operators can wheel the system around the remote site, providing power via a battery storage component. This setup is extremely useful for bringing power to extremely inaccessible locations, such as mining sites. Furthermore, the portable nature of the system is ideal for temporary projects, since setup and teardown can be completed quickly.
Portable solar panels must be deployed within the boundaries of the work site, which can be difficult in crowded spaces. During bad weather, portable PV systems are easier to protect. Operators simply fold up the panels and wheel the unit in a storage room or area, away from rain or harsh winds.
Permanent solar PV systems are constantly exposed to rough, outdoor weather. As a result, individuals must maintain the units by keeping them clean and removing debris (or snow) after a storm or blizzard.