GRID-TIED SOLAR PANEL SYSTEMS
Grid-Tied Solar System Options
Grid-Tied Solar Systems
A grid-tied system is the easiest way to go solar. By working with your utility company, you’ll be able to install solar panels without worrying about what to do with the surplus energy they produce. Excess power is sent into the electrical grid, and in this way your solar array both helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduces your electric bill, too. Because excess electricity is sent to your power company, it solves the question of energy storage. As well, grid-tied solar systems allow homes to stay on grid so they always have plenty of power no matter if the sun is shining. Grid tie solar kits and solar systems are a feasible entry point into solar power for many homeowners.
Hybrid Solar System
Hybrid solar systems are more expensive than grid-tied systems without battery backup, but hybrid solar systems provide peace of mind during power outages. Even if you have solar panels, during a blackout these will not be able to provide backup power to your home, because they need to be turned off while the utility company troubleshoots the problem. But if your solar panels have the option to feed into battery storage, then the solar panels can continue to power your home without concern about the electricity flowing into the grid. If you aren’t ready to add battery storage while installing your grid-tied system, it can be added later. Hybrid solar systems offer ultimate flexibility.