This article reviews the best available DC and AC solar powered air conditioners available. The increasing costs of energy and recent innovations in solar technology make solar power air conditioners an economical option for those who want to reduce their air conditioning costs by up to 97%.

A solar powered air conditioner is a viable option for people living off-grid or homeowners who want to cut their electricity bills over the summer.  There are a range of options available, including solely DC options, those that run on AC, and hybrid options available which run off both systems.
The DC solar powered air conditioner is best suited for those living off-grid and are generally small. They only function in daylight hours. However, you can purchase a fully operational DC solar powered air conditioner which includes batteries and will function 24 hours a day. However, it will be significantly more expensive than AC or Hybrid solar powered air conditioners.

The hybrid solar powered air conditioner system can be tied into the national grid system and has the benefit of not requiring a separate contract with your energy provider as it does not back feed excess energy back into the grid. It will only take energy from your energy provider when it needs it, and still potentially save you over 90% of your air conditioning bills. Since the hybrid system (similar to the DC only units) requires around 885 watts of electricity, one unit can cool around 750 sq ft in an insulated home. You can begin your conversion to solar energy easily and purchase the minimum three solar panels for your new solar powered air conditioner.

Keep in mind that the perfect solar powered air conditioner for your needs will also depend on how long you want your system to last, and the total area you would like to keep cool. We review the top five options for you to consider below, which offer you AC, DC, and hybrid system options.

Solar Powered Air Conditioner FAQs

1. WHAT IS A SOLAR POWERED AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM?

2. WHAT DOES A SOLAR-POWERED AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM DO?

3. HOW DOES A SOLAR AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM WORK?

4. HOW MANY SOLAR PANELS DO I NEED?

5. DO I NEED BATTERIES?

6. WHERE CAN YOU BUY A SOLAR AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM?

HOW WE REVIEWED

The following products were reviewed based on the following parameters: Features, Pros & Cons, Price, Where to Buy, and Warranty. Top consumer sites were reviewed for recommendations and customer reviews were also taken into account. Individual solar air conditioning unit prices are given, and a price for complete kits when they are provided by manufacturers. Transportation costs can be minimized if solar panels and batteries are purchased locally.

OVERALL PRICE RANGE OF THIS PRODUCT (AND SIMILAR PRODUCTS)

Solar powered air conditioner prices range from $1700 to $5000 for complete kits. Completely off-grid options are more expensive as they entail the purchase of batteries, inverters and solar charge controllers.

WHAT WE REVIEWED

  • SolAir World
  • Event Solar and Wind
  • Lezeti
  • GREE
  • Hotspot Energy

Features

SolAir World offers three different sizes of its completely off-grid solar air conditioning system.  Their 48V Off grid Solar Air conditioner uses batteries for storage so you can have solar air conditioning day or night. They supply a complete system which includes solar panels, solar air conditioning unit, inverter, batteries and solar charge controller.

pros

  • 100% off-grid
  • Anti-corrosion technology
  • No AC current needed

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Batteries required

Price

$

This product can be found online for around $1700. They have distributors in California and Fontana.


Warranty

1 year labor guarantee and 3 years on parts.


Features

This unique product does not need any other power sources and runs on DC power.  It requires an additional battery system to ensure steady constant operation.  It has a variable speed, alterable capacity and you can also control the refrigerant air flow. Solar panels, charge controller and batteries are needed to run this unit. Assuming that you are living in an area where you have at least 5 hours of sunshine, 4  250W solar panels and four 12V 130aH Deep cycle batteries, will provide you with 10 hours of solar air conditioning per day.

pros

  • Possible to self install
  • Low maintenance costs

Cons

  • Vacuum
  • Pump may necessary to service refrigeration unit

Price

$$$

This product can be found on for around $2000, with a complete kit costing up to $5000.


Warranty

Full system installation by Event Horizon Solar offers fixed warranties.


Features

Key Features of this Hybrid System are that it has 780W DC power requirement which can run on AC or DC. It can cool an area of 750m square and is highly efficient. Possible to run on 2 solar panels, with no need for batteries.

pros

  • Runs on AC and DC
  • Hybrid system
  • Plug and play operation
  • Runs on 50Hz and 60HZ
  • No need for  an inverter or batteries
  • Easy to use remote control
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Hybrid system with no batteries
  • Requires expert installation
  • Requires feed into AC system
  • Unsuitable of Night solar air conditioning in off-grid systems

Price

$$

This product can be found for around $2000.


Warranty

1 year labor, 2 year parts.


Features

GREE solar air conditioning unit is a Hybrid system that runs on DC power, and can be directly plugged into solar panels with no need of a separate inverter. Efficient and effective, it can save up to 97% of your energy bill on air conditioning.

pros

  • Easy to control temperature
  • Low noise
  • Efficient
  • No batteries required

Cons

  • Not suitable for off-grid units

Price

$

This product can be found for around $1,800.


Warranty

1 year labor, 3 years parts.


Features

Hybrid system which can provide a full off-grid solar air conditioning solution during the day.  It can be connected to the mains to provide air conditioning when you need it.   For a fully off-grid operation during the day, 3 290W-375W 72 cell solar panels are recommended, or a minimum of five 60 cell panels. No batteries are required as energy is also used from your AC home electrical energy provider. Ozone friendly coolant R104a is used, and provided with the unit. It has a solar heat pump so can also provide heating in the winter.

pros

  • Batteries can be added
  • Ozone friendly refrigerant
  • Also functions as a heater
  • Easy to self-install

Cons

  • Requires professional installation

Price

$

This product can be found for around $1800.


Warranty

1 year on parts and 3 years on compressor.

The Verdict

Before you decide on the best solar air conditioner for your needs, it is essential to determine the living area you wish to keep cool whether you need a solar air conditioner at night. Once you have established your requirements it is essential to decide whether you want a completely off-grid system or an AC/DC system which gives you access to the energy from the national grid.

Solar powered air conditioners, which run on DV during the day, and AC at night are the most economical to purchase and easiest to self install, depending on the refrigerant liquid used.  Completely off-grid solar air conditioning unit systems are more expensive because of the need to purchase batteries to store electricity, at night, if you require the solar air conditioning to function during the night.

A complete solar air conditioning system, for off-grid systems, which includes batteries, panels, and solar charge controllers, and which can be completely installed by the supplier, may be the best option for complete newcomers to solar power. An Event Solar air conditioning unit would be the best choice for you in this case.

Smaller, less expensive solar air conditioning systems which can be self -installed easily with AC and DC options are the best option for those not completely ready to go off-grid and who prefer the back up of AC energy grids. In this case, a GREE solar powered air conditioning system unit is the best option.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This