Solar systems for cottages range from $200 to over $5,000. It depends upon what you want to do and how often you want to do it. A home system will be significantly more expensive—from $15,000 to $75,000.
That depends upon the size of the system, and what your usual loads are. A larger solar system in a home with smaller loads will replace more of the electricity than will a smaller system. In general, though, the cost of the solar system will be higher than the cost of the electricity that it can replace.
Yes, but it will not work very well. You really need to have a clear view of the sun for most of the day in order for a solar system to be effective. Sites with partly limited views of the sun can work, but will require more solar panels.
Yes, if you can in the summer. Extra considerations for wintertime use include the reduced amount of sunshine available and the extra loads imposed by the electrical components (fans and pumps) in the heating system, and the extra lighting required.
It is very possible to run out of battery power in a solar system. Our systems are usually designed to provide 3 to 4 days of power without sunshine, but it is possible to get 5 or 6 days in a row without sunshine. In these cases, we absolutely recommend that a gasoline, diesel or propane generator be incorporated into the system.
Solar systems can be used at any time. The batteries will only be charged by the solar panels on bright sunny days. However, solar panels work better on cold or cool days than they do on hot days.
This depends upon the size and complexity of the system and of the associated electronics. The mounting of the solar panels can vary quite a lot, depending upon whether they are mounted on the ground, on a pole, on a roof, etc. A simple installation can be done in a day while a large, complex system might take 3 to 4 days.
The solar panel should be kept clean. Periodically, the battery in the charger should be fully charged from a computer or wall charger.
If arranged in full sunshine, it will take 3 to 4 days of sunshine to charge the internal battery to about 80%.
This depends upon the charger and the phone. Typically, these chargers charge as fast as a wall jack would, so an hour will fully charge a smart phone, if the phone is in airplane mode.
Yes, but the internal battery in the charger will not charge if you are charging a phone. And, the solar panels will not keep up with a phone that is in use.
Almost anything that you can fit into the cooking tray. Examples include roast vegetables, stir fry, rice, eggs, bacon, sausages, chili, stew, porridge, etc.
Most foods cook in about 20 minutes. Bacon and chicken will take longer. Most fish will cook in 10-15 min. Foods with a high moisture content will take longer to cook.
Not very well. We often move the cooker to the shade when we want to slow the cooking down, or just keep foods hot.