You may have heard about the benefits of going solar. Some of you are curious and are now considering solar but you’re not sure what type of solar system works best for you. Is it off-grid? Maybe tied to the grid? If you are not sure and want to know what all of this means, we’ve got you covered!
The grid-tied is the most common solar system and is connected to the electrical power grid. This means you won't require solar batteries to get solarized and is a great way to reduce your electric bill. Through ‘net-metering’ your hydro company acts as your electricity bank: You make deposits in summer months and withdrawals in winter months. However, one drawback is if the grid goes down due to power outages, so does your home power system.
The off-grid solar system is not connected to the grid and is fully independent. In simpler terms, your energy needs will come from the sun. However, this requires enough panels for all of your power needs, as well as solar batteries for when the sun doesn’t shine. This system is independent of the grid and will not be affected by power outages. For remote locations or out-buildings, this is also a great option to avoid costly fees to hook up to the grid.
The largest trend across North America right now is adding a battery storage system to solar, even with your grid-tied system. It’s a great idea, but before you do that, consult with Brightworks Energy to discuss ways to reduce the size of your battery bank needed and still enjoy their benefits.
Which one is right for you?
This depends on your power needs, location and what type of connection you'd want for your home. Going solar can be overwhelming. It's ideal to consult with the experts to get your investment right the first time.