Which is right for you; Grid-Tied, Hybrid, or Off-Grid Solar?

You have options for going solar! Finding the right Solar PV System that works best for you and your life is paramount. But do you know your choices to go solar?

Let’s look at the three most common types of Solar PV Systems you can choose from:

   Grid-Tied                  Hybrid                     Off-Grid


Grid-Tied

Grid-Tied Solar is the most common and economical type of home solar array, and they are perfect for residential or properties connected to a utility grid. Grid-Tied Solar Arrays connect to the utility grid. By day, your home uses solar power from the sun, and any extra power will spin your electric meter backward. The utility will give you credit for this extra power. Then, at night, your home uses energy from the utility grid, applying the solar credits. This is known as net-metering. If designed right, the system could eliminate your power bills.

Hybrid

Many customers desire to be off-grid or have back-up capabilities. A hybrid system with the flexibility to work on-grid or off-grid is the most economical way to have the best of both worlds.

The flexibility of a hybrid solar array is possible due to a hybrid inverter and an energy storage battery for power on-demand, at night-time, or when off-grid. When you generate more power than is needed during a sunny day, you can charge the batteries, or the utility company gives you a net metering credit. If the solar panels aren’t producing electricity, a Hybrid system can either use the energy stored in the battery or import electricity from the utility company. Hybrid systems are also beneficial as a backup power source in the event of grid outages.

Hybrid solar systems allow you to never be without power when you get energy from the sun, the utility company, or the batteries.

The battery pack will add cost to the system; sometimes double the cost of a grid-tied system. If money is not an issue, then you can power the entire building. This is known as whole-house power. However, to minimize cost, a smaller battery pack and a critical-load sub-panel can be used to power just the essential appliances.

If the property is connected to the power grid, then a Hybrid system is the best option. All the solar kits at SunWatts.com can be upgraded to a hybrid system by choosing the battery option.

Off-Grid

An Off-Grid Solar Array has no connection to the utility grid and is designed for anywhere utility power is unreliable or unavailable; the system and the property are NOT connected to an electric company.

Off-Grid systems are installed at cabins and homes in remote locations not connected to the utility grid. Creating 100% of your power means having sufficient energy storage and investing in an ample solar battery and solar generators. Commonly, an off-grid battery is designed to provide 3 to 5 days of power without solar recharge, during the coldest, shortest days of the year, That can make for a very big, more expensive battery for a larger property.

Each of these Solar PV Systems are excellent options for the right lifestyle and desired level of grid connection. Making the right choice the first time saves you time, money, and stress. If you are still not sure which type of system is right for you, a solar consultation and design by solar professionals will provide you with low-cost options that best fit your home. A Solar Consultation and Design is included at no charge when you purchase a solar kit 5kW or higher. The solar design helps you make an informed, unbiased decision to find the best system at the lowest cost.

You have options for going solar. Whether you go On-Grid, Off-Grid, or Hybrid Solar, going solar can help you reduce your energy costs, improve your property value, and reduce your carbon footprint. Take steps to find the right type of Solar PV System that works best for you and your home before you buy it. 

May 7th 2020

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