Harness the Power of the Sun With a Solar Generator
Portable generators and whole-home generators provide power for outdoor activities or outages due to storms. These generators operate on propane or natural gas. But there’s another option that uses the sun’s energy to store needed power: solar-powered generators.
Solar panel generators don’t actually generate or produce power the way fossil fuel-powered units do. Instead, solar energy is collected via solar panels and stored in lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries for later use. Like other portable generators, two or more solar generators can be joined, or “chained,” together to increase storage and add power.
Since portable solar generators don’t require gas to operate, they’re an excellent choice for camping or tailgating, as there’s no need to worry about hauling gas cans to and from your activities. You get free energy from the sun along with a clean and quiet operation with zero emissions. Solar generators also have a longer lifespan than other generators since they have no moving parts.
Wondering about the possibility of having a solar generator for homes? Since power is stored in batteries for later use, it’s safe to bring them inside. While their capacity may be limited compared to other larger units, they can work well as a temporary source of energy for TVs and refrigerators. Many units can also be charged from alternating current (AC) household current to be ready for future use.
Lowe’s carries top brands, like NATURE’S GENERATOR and Goal Zero. Shop Lowe’s online or in store to find the best solar generator for your outdoor activities or storm prep.