The Off-Grid Shabin: Solar Power Installation Tips For Your Unique Home

25 November 2019
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The term "shabin" — a combination of the words shed and cabin — was coined by the growing movement of people who are choosing to live in portable sheds, instead of a traditional house. Most purchase sheds, or shabins, that have a fully finished exterior and then work to custom finish the interiors on their own to create small, but comfortable homes.

Sheds used for this purpose are constructed on skids that are made from lumber that is treated to be both insect and weather resistant. Fully portable, the sheds can be easily trucked into most any location and then unloaded using hydraulic, remote-controlled machines called mules. 

This portability allows purchasers of these buildings to place them in very rugged, rural locations, often without access to the power grid. If you are considering the purchase of a portable shed for the purpose of creating your own shabin, this information on solar power will help you have added conveniences, even when no power grid is available.

Have separate facilities for the batteries and inverter 

As solar panels collect the sun's energy, it is stored inside several special batteries that are very heavy. Like car batteries, those used to create a solar power array are filled with battery acid, which can be hazardous to humans and pets.

By building a small enclosure outside the shabin to hold the batteries, along with the inverter and other electrical components, you will be able to save space in your shabin, as well as protect the people and pets who live there from exposure to battery acid. 

Opt to install solar panels on adjustable frames 

While solar power for traditional residential homes often includes placing the panels on top of the roof to get full sun, it may not be possible to do so with a shabin. In addition to possible issues with the weight of solar panels, many shabins are deliberately placed in groves of trees to supply cooling shade during the summer.

Since a shady location will not produce reliable solar power, shabin dwellers should consider installing a metal rack near the exterior of the home. This rack should be made to easily tilt the solar panels as needed to capture the most direct rays of the sun during each season to supply abundant power to the shabin. 

While your power needs for your shabin are likely to be far less than that of a larger, traditional home, it is still very important to design and install a solar power system that will generate power dependably for decades to come. Discussing your needs with a reputable solar power installation company will help to streamline the process and provide your shabin with dependable electrical power.

To learn more, contact a solar panel company.