You probably already know that there are two main categories of solar power systems from which to pick if you’re thinking about purchasing one for your home or business: grid-connected systems and off-grid systems.
Grid-linked systems, as the name suggests, are solar power systems that are wired into the primary electrical grid and as a result, have both advantages and disadvantages. This is the choice for you if you’re interested in taking advantage of the different financial incentive programs that are still available. If you qualify for one of these solar rebate programs, in addition to having lower electricity costs, you’ll also benefit financially from your system.
Others who desire total independence from the primary power grid are drawn to off-grid power systems. For a number of reasons, including the location’s remoteness, this may be the preferred choice. Due to the exorbitant expense of grid connection in really distant locations, a lot of people or households decide to go with an off-grid solar power option because they can. Others opt for off-grid solar because they want to entirely cut their ties to the main power grid and lessen their responsibility for climate change and global warming.
Off-grid solar power systems may initially have higher start-up costs due to the need for more panels and a number of high-capacity, deep-cycle batteries that are used to store extra power during peak daytime solar yield hours for usage when solar energy is not accessible later in the night.
Off-grid solar does have some drawbacks, chief among which is the system’s total reliance on the user. When using more energy than your system has produced throughout the day with a grid-connected system, you can simply start drawing power from the grid, however, with an off-grid system, you are out of alternatives if you happen to use more energy than your system is capable of producing. This means that investing in an off-grid system requires more thought; you should speak with an electrician to determine which system best suits your needs; and during periods of low power yields or cloudy weather, increased energy efficiency measures and power rationing may be required.
However, for many rural or distant residential and commercial properties, an off-grid solar power system is a great investment. The savings can be significant, not to mention the advantages for the environment. Start your research to determine whether an off-grid solar power system is appropriate for you.