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What Solar Power System is Right For You?

Jessica PirroAugust 3, 20201520

What Solar Power System is Right For You?

When it comes to getting a solar panel installation there are going to be different options that you will have to choose from when it comes to solar power systems. Because your solar panel installations aren’t going to be a one size fits all for your solar power projects. The size and type of the solar panel installation that you get are going to depend on a few different factors. Today homeowners are going to be able to choose from a few different solar power systems.

All of the solar panel installations are going to come with solar panels, solar inverters, and wiring. However, there are different variations of how your solar panel installation can be installed. There are three main ways that you can set up your solar panel installation. You will have the option of choosing from a grid-tied solar power system, a grid-tied solar power system with backup solar batteries, and off-grid solar power systems. Each of the solar panel installations will have its benefits.

Most homeowners are going to have a grid-tied solar power system because that is the best option when it comes to the cost of solar. However, even if you do have a grid-tied solar panel installation, you can still install solar batteries. With the cost of solar batteries continuing to fall, residential solar panel installations with solar batteries are becoming a more appealing and cost-effective option.

A Grid-Tied Solar Power System

Most solar panel installations in the United States are grid-tied solar power systems. To understand how a grid-tied solar power system is going to work, the first thing you will need to do is understand what exactly the grid is. To understand the grid, you are going to need to understand utilities. The utilities are supposed to help homeowners achieve three goals; to produce/generate, to transmit, and to distribute their services. The utility grid will attain the transmission and distribution goals, and the grid’s infrastructure will allow the power to be transmitted from its point of generation to your home. In the event a blackout does occur, it is typically going to be because the grid has been interrupted. When a homeowner starts to consider getting a solar panel installation, a lot of them are going to do so because they want to achieve as much energy independence as possible. When you achieve independence from the grid, homeowners can lower the cost of their energy usage and can exercise control over their use of energy. But when you install an off-grid solar power system, when your grid does experience a blackout, a solar panel installation is more than likely still going to produce power.

Most solar panel installations in the United States are going to be grid-tied solar panel installations. Just as the name insinuates, a grid-tied solar panel installation will generate solar power to power your home. All of the excess solar power that the solar panel installation generates is then sent to the grid, for an energy credit, and when your solar panel installation isn’t generating solar power, you can pull power from the grid. Meaning that the grid-tied solar panel installation is not going to need to match all of your electrical needs with solar power because you can pull electricity from the utility grid when your solar panels aren’t producing enough solar power to offset all of your energy needs.

Grid-tied solar panel installations will have a lot of advantages. The first advantage is going to be that this solar panel installation is going to be the least expensive. When you connect the solar panel installation to the grid, you will have the option to utilize net metering. Net metering is going to allow homeowners to sell the excess solar power back to the grid, to get credit to use on your electricity bill. You should keep in mind that net metering will not lower the upfront cost of solar panels, over the lifespan of your solar panel installation, you will see significant savings.

Grid-Tied Solar Panel Installations with Solar Batteries

The next kind of solar panel installation is going to be a grid-tied solar power system with solar batteries. This kind of solar panel installation is going to be unique because it has both the benefits of grid-tied solar panel installation and an off-grid solar panel installation with solar batteries.

When the sun isn’t shining your solar power system will not produce enough solar power to solely power your home, a solar panel installation with solar batteries for your home use and it will allow you to pull the excess solar power from the solar batteries, instead of pulling electricity from the grid. If you live in an area that doesn’t offer net metering, this solar panel installation will benefit you, because you will not have the option to pull free solar power from the solar batteries in opposition to buying electricity from the grid.

A standard grid-tied solar panel installation is going to stop generating solar power when the grid is down. But, a solar panel installation paired with solar batteries, stores backup solar power, homeowners will be able to use the stored solar power that their solar panels generate. If you live in an area where blackouts commonly occur, regardless if it is due to fires or hurricanes, solar batteries will increase the overall cost of solar, but it might be worth it.

The reason that getting a grid-tied solar power system might be worth it is that solar panel installations are contingent on the sunlight and even a solar panel installation paired with solar batteries may store enough solar power for all of your electrical needs. Homeowners may still be able to participate in net metering if your area offers it.

Off-Grid Solar Power System 

It is not a requirement for your solar power system to stay connected to the grid to continue working. This is going to be where off-grid solar panel installations excel

An off-grid solar power system is going to combine solar batteries and solar panels to remove the need for the solar panel installation to be tied to the grid for it to continue working. An off-grid solar power system will typically need to be larger than a grid-tied solar panel installation, in both solar panels and storage capacity. This is going to be due to the need to produce and store more solar power.

Off-grid solar power systems will need more equipment, and due to that, the cost of solar power will be more expensive. Homeowners will have access to plenty of solar incentives and rebates. This solar power system is going to be the most expensive and is also going to offer the homeowners the most independence.

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