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2820 Watt Bimodal SunPod (Grid-interactive / Off-Grid)

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  • 2820 Bimodal SunPod
  • Our 2820 watt, 2.8 kW will produce up to 423kW a month (Monthly Output based on 5 sun hours STC). We put together this unique affordable 2820 watt module that will recharge 9600 watts of battery power. Ideal for the do-it-yourself home or business owner looking to save money. This is a powerful yet simple method of a bimodal (works off-grid and on) solar kit is fast, easy and safe. The complete solar unit is delivered by truck then placed at your pre-determined location ready to complete the connections and power up. Whether you are implementing ground mounted solar for residential or business installations, 2820 watt SunPods delivers a more cost-effective solar solution with faster installation times, minimal site preparation, and reduced labor requirements.
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2820 Watt 2.8 kW Ground Mount off-grid / grid interactive (bimodal) Solar System

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Our 2820 watt off-grid / grid tied solar unit starts with a SunPod platform drawing power from 12 - 235 watt solar panels. The panels feed into an AC inverter which connects 8 powerful 200 aH deep cycle batteries. With 9,600 watts of reserve power located in the rear of the unit in a Midnite solar outdoor rated battery box, you can turn your meter backwards and still have power when the grid goes down. These bimodal ground mount units are scalable from 2.8kW to diy kits 3kW (STC-DC rating) per pod. You save thousands because this off-grid / grid tied 2820 watt SunPod with 9,600 watts of battery power is built in a factory controlled environment then delivered ready to complete the connections and power up. You save 90% of the onsite labor costs. Less cost = faster pay-back. Fast and simple to install, less disruption on to your property.

(We love this) Check out the options you have with this unit. When you move, you can take this 2820 watt ground mount solar unit with you or you can choose to sell it along with your home.

What's On the Truck:

  • 1 2820 Off-Grid / Grid Tied Bimodal Solar System (Including Battery Cabinet Assembly) is assembled and tested by experienced factory trained technicians prior to shipment. All required internal cables and connectors come pre-wired (Battery & Cables Supplied but Not Installed) Clearly labeled connection points for AC and DC input and output. AC and DC breakers; full feature LED display for system monitoring and battery information; No maintenance, 9600 watts deep cycle, sealed batteries; Attractive, lockable steel backup system enclosure; Multiple knockouts for conduit attachments
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  • 1 - 2820 Watt Pre-Built, Pre-wired SunPod that Includes:
  • 12 - 230 Watt Solar Panels
  • 1 - SMA (or equal) Inverter
  • 1 Magnum Energy MS4448PAE Sinewave Inverter
  • 1 Magnum Energy ME-ARC 50 Inverter Remote
  • 1 Magnum ME-BMK Battery Monitor
  • 8 UPG UB-GC2 AGM 200 AH Deep Cycle Batteries
  • 1 Battery Enclosure with Locking Door
  • 90 Gauge Galvanized Steel Frame
  • General labor for assembly, test and crating

sunpods This product is only available for delivery to California, Arizona, and New Mexico.


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Mechanical Data


Depends on solar module size. 20’-0” or 22’-2”-feet L x 9’-6” W. W x D x H (Height is dependent on angle of panels. 22 degree slope average.)
Ship Wt Approximately 2,800 lbs
Frame Heavy gauge cold rolled high tensile steel with an extremely durable G-90 galvanized finish. Structure frame components are bolted together with 7/16” (8.2 grade) galvanized steel bolts and nuts.
Panel Rack Solar modules are secured to the rack on the frame with tamper proof fasteners
The 235 watt solar panels are attached onto steel tracks forming a solid monolithic unit panel for added strength and stability. Solar modules are firmly secured to the track with tamper proof fasteners. Outdoor rated box for the inverter and batteries are attached behind the chassis. The solar angle for each unit is set at the factory according to the host site requirements submitted to Blue Pacific Solar by the customer prior to shipping. The solar angle onsite may require further adjustment to conform to site conditions. This can be achieved by adjusting the leg height of the off-grid solar power platform.

Cabinet (Normally located at rear of SunPod chassis)

Cabinet MNBE-C (3 shelf) 33.62 x 15.25 x 57.89 W x D x H
Ship Wt (Cabinet Only) 190 lbs
Grey or White Cabinet Aluminum Powder Coat (Color shipped subject to current available inventory)

*Inverter #1

SMA Sunny Boy 3000 Inverter (*Equal or Better, Subject to Availability)

Input (DC)
Nominal AC output voltage 240 VAC split phase (± 5%)
Max. recommended module power @ STC 3750 watts
Max. DC power (@ cos ϕ = 1) 3200 watts
Max. DC voltage 500 volts
DC nominal voltage 250 volts
MPP voltage range 175 – 400 volts / 200 – 400 volts
Min. DC voltage / start voltage 175 / 228 V - 200 / 228 V
Max. input current / per string (at DC disconnect) 17 A / 17 A; 36 A @ combined terminal
Maximum continuous input current 144 A
Output (AC)
AC nominal power 3000 watts
Max. AC apparent power 3000 VA
Waveform Pure Sine Wave
AC grid frequency; range 60 Hz; 59.3 – 60.5 Hz
Nominal AC voltage / adjustable 208 V / ● 240 V / ●
AC voltage range 183 – 229 V / 211 – 264 V
Max. output current 15 A / 13 A
Max. efficiency 96.0% - 96.5%
CEC efficiency 95.0% - 95.5%
Weight / DC Disconnect weight 84 lbs
Operating temperature range (full power) –25 °C +45 °C (–13 °F +113 °F)
Certificates and permits (more available on request) UL1741, UL1998, IEEE 1547, FCC Part 15 (Class A & B), CSA C22.2 No. 107.1-2001

Inverter #2 (Bimodal)

Magnum Energy MS4448PAE Pure Sine Wave

Input battery voltage range 36.0 - 68.0 VDC
Nominal AC output voltage 120 / 240 VAC split phase (± 5%)
Output frequency and accuracy 60 Hz ± 0.1 Hz
1 msec surge current (amps AC) Line-Neutral: 120, Line-Line: 70
5 sec surge power (real watts) 8500
30 sec surge power (real watts) 6000
5 min surge power (real watts) 5400
30 min surge power (real watts) 4800
Continuous power output at 25° C 4000 VA (L-L)
Maximum continuous input current 144 A
Inverter efficiency (peak) 94%
No load (120 VAC output, typical) 25 watts
Waveform Pure Sine Wave
Charger Continuous output at 25° C 60 ADC
Input current at rated output (AC amps) 17.5 AAC per leg at 120/240 VAC split phase
Power factor Greater Than 0.95

Operating Temperatures

Operating temperature -20° C to +60° C (-4° F to 140° F)
Non-operating temperature -40° C to +70° C (-40° F to 158° F)


Magnum Energy ME-ARC Remote Control

LED Display Display shows inverter and battery status
16 x 2 line (32 characters total), alphanumeric display used for programming the Magnum inverter operation and or fault messages.
Pushbutton Controls Two ON/OFF Pushbuttons allow the inverter to be quickly enabled or disabled.
Menu allow the inverter to be configured to site specific preferences. Menus give simple access to monitoring and troubleshooting backup power system.
Rotary Knob controlls the selection and can scroll through and select various menu items and settings. By pushing you can “SELECT” a menu item or “Save” a setting once it is displayed on the LCD screen.

*AGM Batteries

Battery Specifications (*Battery supplied with backup power unit is subject to availability, equal or better)

Nominal Voltage 6 Volts
20 - Hr. (10.0A) 200 Ah
Approximate Weight 53 lbs Each
Number of Batteries Included 8 total with all connecting cables
Shelf Life 3 Months 91%; 6 Months 82%; 12 Months 64%
Temperature Dependency of Capacity (20 Hr) 104 Deg F 102%; 77 Deg F 100%; 32 Deg F 85%; 5 Deg F 65%

*Solar Panels

12 - 235 Watt Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells (*Equal or Better, Subject to Availability)
Open Circuit Voltage (VOC) 35.76 Volts
Maximum Operating Voltage (Vmp) 29.80 Volts
Short Circuit Current (Isc) 8.84 Amps
Maximum Power Current-IMP (A) 7.89 Amps
Maximum Power at STC (Pmax) 235 Wp
Maximum System Voltage 1000 VDC
Short-circuit current temperature coefficient 0.045%/C
Open-circuit voltage temperature coefficient -0.34%/C
Peak power temperature coefficient -4.47%/C
Power tolerance +/- 3%
Weight 45.2 lbs
Surface Maximum Burden Weight .28 lbs/sq. inch (30m/s, 200kg/sq.m)
Front Glass 0.13 inch tempered glass
Junction Box Type IP65 rated
Dimensions 1640 x 992 x 50mm / 64.6 x 39.1 x 2.0 Inches


Approximate Total Weight 2800 lbs
Warranty Frame 10 years, Solar Panels 25 years, Inverter #1 / 10 years, Inverter #2 / 3 years, Batteries 1 year

2820 WATT OFF-GRID SOLAR POD WITH 9600 WATT BACKUP BATTERIES - At the factory, the 2820 watt SunPod is pre-wired on each SunPods power unit into a single string. Each individual SunPods is delivered with the unit built and wired up to the DC disconnect located on the rear of the chassis. The driver will set the inverter on the pre-built frame on the back of the SunPod. The battery box, with bimodal Magnum inverter, is then placed on the rear of the frame on an minimum 4" elevated pad supplied by the customer for the battery box. The 8 AGM batteries will then be placed and connected (supplied) inside the box. In most cases, the power cables (+ / -) to inverter #1 and inverter #2 would be connected by the customer through customer supplied NEC code compliant conduit. In some cases, customer connects customer furnished NEC rated and sized cables from the SunPods unit paired cables to the fuse box, combiner box or inverter. Customer can utilize the 2820 watt SunPod frame to carry the cable and conduit to the battery box. In most cases, power cables from the battery box requires an interim disconnect at the main.

Product Documents & Manuals

sma Inverter #1 (SMA SB3000 or Equal)
magnum inverter Bimodal Inverter #2 Magnum Energy MS4448PAE Sinewave Inverter
sma 230 Watt Solar Panels (Standard on 2820 Module)
sma ME-RC50 Remote Display Monitor
batteries 200 aH Batteries
ground mount solar STC Glossary Explanation
generatorNEC Suggested Practices

Off-Grid / Grid Tied Bimodal Solar Sizing Starts With a List of Equipment

One of the first questions you have on your mind is "is this system the right size for my home, cabin or business? The answer to that question is entirely controlled by you since you control the amount of power used each day and how long you use it for. Step 1 is to establish you daily energy budget. An energy budget is the number of watt hours you will consume each day. That means you list the equipment you want to run and how long each day you want (or need) to run it. Next, you need to determine how many days of stored energy (autonomy) is required. This variable can range between 1 to 5 days (or more).

The size of an off-grid solar electric system depends on the amount of power that is required (watts), the amount of time it is used (hours) and the amount of energy available from the sun in your area (sun-hours per day). A homeowner has control of the first two variables, while the third depends on location. We know we are preaching to the choir when we say conservation plays an important role in keeping down the cost of any solar system, but it plays a much bigger role in off-grid solar. To start the off-grid design process, we recommend you make a list of your lighting, refrigeration, major and small appliances and well as estimate in each case how long you usually use each one each day (Duty Hours). (Don't forget well pump if you intend to run it off the same set of batteries). Standard freezers and refrigerators can use 3000 watt hours each day. A few better models like Maytag MTB1956 18 cu ft can be found to use under 1500 watt hours a day, and cost around $900. Refrigeration cycle time is usually a function of efficiency, but also it is a function of how full the unit is, how often it is opened, and the outside temperature. Typically we use 10 hours as the duty hours for most refrigeration calculations. To illustrate the point, the daily energy use of a R10 high efficiency SunFrost refrigerator will use 13 amp-hours (170 watts) at 70 degrees, but 23 amp-hours (280 watts) at 90 degrees.

When considering the battery capacity needed, first look to more energy efficient appliances. Then we suggest you consider battery capacity (kWh or Ah) to be a minimum of twice the average daily solar electricity generation. For longest life, sealed maintenance-free batteries (VRLA, gelled electrolyte, AGM, etc.) should not be discharged to greater than 50% of their total capacity rating within a 24 hour period.

Minimum suggested battery capacity (kWh or Ah) is the largest battery bank size that the solar array can recharge from 50% depth-of-discharge (DOD) on an average day in December. When we design an off-grid or bimodal solar system when calculating battery capacity (kWh or Ah), we assume there is no other means of recharging the battery bank other than the solar system.

Here are some average home appliance wattages to help you get started on your list:

Laptop 50 - 65 Watts
Cell Phone 5 Watts
Table lamp 25 Watts
Inkjet Printer 50 - 75 Watts
Clock Radio 10 Watts
13” CRT TV 50 Watts
20” LCD TV 370 Watts
Table Lamp 40 Watts
8.8 cu. Ft. Freezer 80 Watts
Sump Pump 1/2 HP 500 Watts
Microwave 1200 Watts
18.8 cu. ft. Refrigerator 600 Watts
Coffee Maker 1000 Watts
Vacuum Cleaner 1200 Watts
Washing Machine 400 Watts
Well Pump 1 HP 240 V / 9.8 Amp Surge 2352 Watts (NOTE: Inverter on this system is 120V / 240V)
Home Alarm Protection System 15 Watts
Electric Hot Water Heater 3800 Watts
Dishwasher 1200

Typical Loads that might be used with the Backup Power Battery System

  • Sump pumps
  • Microwaves
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Lighting
  • Television or Audio Equipment

Typical loads that should be avoided with the Backup Power System

  • Central AC Units
  • Commercial Electric Space Heaters
  • Electric Hot Water Heaters

The 2820 watt off-grid bimodal system is shipped by ground freight for the batteries and cabinet and our truck for the SunPod. The battery cabinet pallet requires special handling for unloading for the battery box and batteries. In most cases, truck freight companies do NOT require their drivers to unload shipments. An additional "Lift Gate" fee will apply if the driver unloads the merchandise. power backup The shipping carrier will call and schedule delivery of your Backup Power System, at which time, you may request a "Lift Gate" (provided the weight and dimensions of the product fits the criteria for lift gate service) and arrange payment with the carrier for that service. The SunPod is delivered on our flatbed truck or trailer depending on the number of units. Our driver will spot the SunPod in a pre-determined location and place the unit. The inverter on the SunPod as well as the batteries in the battery cabinet will need to be installed by the customer. We will supply the single line wire diagram unless you choose the permit service. All connections will need to be in compliance with the National Electric Code and local permitting code requirements. We recommend you have a conversation with your local permit department as well as your local utility company prior to delivery. Call us when questions arise, we will walk you through the answers.

2820 Watt Solar Ground Mount 2.8 kW off-grid Systems Do-It-Yourself Home Business Solar Panels

2820 watt off-grid / grid tied bimodal ground mount solar that is complete, pre-engineered to NEC electrical code standards. 12 panels, inverter, wiring, racking, batteries, charge controller, frame and mount system along with a 9600 watt battery bank make this the most affordable bimodal solar systems on the market. Innovative ground mount solar array that is pre-designed, engineered, pre-wired and tested before it leaves our factory. Delivered and placed on your property ready to interconnect with the utility company and power up.

Our 2880 SunPods are designed technology neutral. That means we take advantage of equal or better panels and inverters keeping the cost of the ground mount solar affordable. With a 20 year factory warranty and pass through panel and inverter warranty, you can be sure that our UL listed products will give you years of trouble free electrical production.

Our self-ballasted SunPods are factory solar panel angle pre-selected and adjusted between 15 - 30 degrees of slope. The frame is engineered to a wind velocity rated to 90 mph. Optional anchors can be used in higher wind areas. Power adjustable legs keep the ground mount module always pointed at the right angle give you maximum solar harvest of the suns energy. Legs are adjustable up to 36" with pads from 12" - 24" diameter depending on your soil conditions. Thief and tamper resistant fasteners secure the panels to the frames. These 2820 watt off-grid ground mount solar panel systems can be placed on grades up to 10 degrees of slope.

These 2820 watt off-grid SunPods are perfect for residential DIY (Do-it-Yourself) applications, wineries / vineyards, ranches, farms and orchards. Use our ground mount solar systems for irrigation well pumps replacing old diesel generators. Easily expand your ground mount off-grid solar system as needed.

2820 watt off-grid / grid tied (Bimodal) solar system will deliver up to 423W a month (Monthly Output based on 5 hrs STC). 9600 watts of battery power ensures you the kind of backup energy reserve to carry you through the nights.

These days home owners are searching for ways to lower their expenses making our 2820 watt solar kit perfect. Our 2820 watt solar grid tied kits are easy to complete the installation following our step by step instructions. The 2820 watt solar ground mount modules qualify for the 30% federal tax credit. You can find out more by visiting the incentive tab located near the top of the page. The 30% federal tax credit allows you to deduct 30% of not only the total cost of the 2820 watt solar SunPod, but also all other expenditures associated with the purchase. Home owners who purchase the 2820 watt solar unit may carry forward the excess credit to the following tax years. However, you should always consult your personal tax advisor.

Blue Pacific Solar has provided all of the main parts you will need for your 2820 watt solar kit, but here are some additional items that your may need prior to installing your home panel system. Conduit, appropriately sized electrical wire, some fasteners and grounding rod and wire. Building and installing your own 2820 watt solar system is not only the smart choice for controlling your expenses, it may be on the most satisfying DIY projects you will have ever undertaken. Freedom from the grid is an awesome feeling.

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NOTE, IMPORTANT 2820 Watt Grid Tied Ground Mount Solar Kit INSTALLATION: (OK, here is the scary legal disclaimer.) It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that all products are installed and operated in accordance with local and national building codes as specific by the NEC (National Electric Code), UBC (Uniform Building Code) or IBC (International Building Code) and local utility company policy. These codes may vary from city to city and county to county. All off-grid solar installations should be permitted and inspected, where required, by the local inspection authority in the same manner as other equivalent electrical systems. One last thing. It is always a good idea to contract with a local licensed electrician to at least do the final electrical connection of your 2820 Watt Grid Tied Ground Mount Solar Kit from the AC disconnect to your home utility breaker box. Some local permitting authorities require that a licensed electrician do all the wiring from the rack to the utility interconnect. If you need help with the permitting documents for your 2820 watt ground mount SunPod, we are here for you. Solar permit service add on is available at checkout.

Whether you are implementing ground mounted solar for residential use, an off-grid home or for corporate, public or military initiatives, this solar kit 2820 ground mount DIY solar unit delivers a more cost-effective solution with faster installation times, minimal site preparation, and reduced labor requirements.