Transitioning to solar power can be a daunting task. Wading through the wide range of options, terminology, and technologies can seem insurmountable – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, we’ll cover one of the most important decision you will face: off-grid, hybrid, or grid-tied systems.
Each system has its own pros and cons, and your decision will depend on your unique needs. Maybe you’re looking for energy independence, or maybe you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint, or maybe you have another motivation for pursuing renewable energy options. Understanding your needs will help you solve the question of whether an off-grid or grid-tied system is right for you.
Before we dive into the pros and cons of each system, it is important to define our terms. Especially in a specialized field like solar power. You could write a book on each of these systems, and leave things unsaid. But here’s the nutshell version of what we’re talking about:
While each of these systems has its own pros and cons, they all offer the benefits of renewable energy (just to varying degrees).
Choosing the right solar system for your home will depend on your goals and needs, so ultimate decision will be unique to you. But we’ll try to keep a range of goals in mind as we talk about each system.
Deciding between a grid-tied or off-grid system will come down to your needs and goals. If you are looking for a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint, then consider a grid-tied system. But off-grid is a great choice if you’re looking to supply power to a remote location or gain total energy independence.
There is also the option of running a hybrid system. In a hybrid, you have all the components of an off-grid system including a bank of deep-cycle batteries. This allows you to fully rely on your solar system when everything is functioning properly. But in the effect of a failure, you have back-up access to the traditional power grid.
At Mountain Power Solutions, we specialize in designing, installing, and maintaining off-grid solar systems. But we love all types of solar power. If you are considering your options, we’d love to talk with you about how we can help you reach energy independence. Or even just help point you in the right direction to achieve your solar goals. Contact us today to see how we can help!