As the cost of energy continues to rise, many homes and businesses are making the switch to solar energy. Using solar panels comes with multiple advantages from cost savings, to reduce your carbon footprint. Today’s solar system options are becoming more and more affordable and are lasting longer and longer. Understanding the different types of solar panel systems can help you select the right system for your specific budget and energy needs.
Grid-Connected Solar Power System
Solar panels work by using photovoltaic cells to capture energy from the sun and converts it into electricity for your home or business. A grid-connected system is still connected to the utility power grid. This type of system allows you to get power from either your home electric system or the utility grid. Switching between your power sources and the utility power source is seamless and makes it easy to balance the system production and home power requirements. Another advantage is that if your system produces excess power, you can potentially sell that power back to the utility management. If you happen to experience multiple cloudy days and your system doesn’t produce enough power for your home, you can still draw from the utility system as a backup. Since grid-connected systems require very little components, they are the cheapest option for residential solar power systems.
Off-Grid Solar Power System
Off-grid systems are completely disconnected from the traditional utility grid. This makes it ideal for those wishing to live completely off the grid using only their own resources. Since you are not connected to the grid, it is essential to have batteries to help balance times of excess production and excess demand. It is also a good idea to have an additional source of power, like a generator, in cases of long periods of excess demand. Since your system is not connected to the traditional utility grid you will not be able to sell excess power back, however, you will eliminate your monthly bill for powering your home. The upfront cost of an off-grid system can be expensive, but produce a large amount of savings in the long run.
Hybrid Solar Power System
Hybrid systems are the best of both worlds. It’s a grid-connected system that also includes battery storage. You can still use power from the traditional grid if need be. If the grid goes down or the sun is hidden you can use power from your battery storage, and you can sell back excess power. However, because the system requires batteries for storage the cost can be more expensive.
Why invest in solar panel energy?
No matter which solar system you decide is best for you, there are still multiple advantages. The energy saving you receive helps reduce your carbon footprint, has zero environmental emissions, and is more sustainable. In the long run, a solar power system can help save you money. You can also receive tax credits from the IRS. Ultimately you will increase the value of your home while reducing your dependence on foreign energy resources.
Downs Heating and Air Conditioning can install solar panels to power your heating and air conditioner, water heaters, and pool and spa heating. To learn more about solar panel energy contact us.