More and more people are becoming aware of solar panels after seeing an increasing amount on the roofs of homes and businesses.
However, a term that may be new to you is “hybrid solar system.” Hybrid solar systems allow you to source energy from the grid if your panels don’t generate enough electricity to power your home. While it’s possible to go completely off the electrical grid, you typically need a solar battery to store backup power for use on low energy generation days.
What is a hybrid solar system?
Solar panels are placed on homes and businesses to absorb solar energy from the sun. As photons hit a solar cell, electrons are knocked loose from their atoms, which then flow to an inverter through a conduit.
However, a hybrid solar system provides additional benefits because it gives you access to the grid. Having access to the grid, a solar battery, and your panels means you’re not at the mercy of just one energy source.
Plus, hybrid solar panel systems aren’t as costly as you might imagine. They save you more money in the long run since you can earn credits through net metering (as long as your utility company offers a net metering program).
How hybrid solar panels are different?
An off-grid system and a hybrid solar system work on the same basic principles by first converting solar energy into DC power through the photovoltaic (PV) effect. DC power is then either stored in a battery or runs to a solar inverter. A solar inverter converts DC power into AC power, which is what powers your home and appliances. Most solar panel owners generate more DC power than they need to power their home which is where batteries come in handy.
There are two main methods of handling your excess energy. One option is to invest in a battery, or feed excess energy to the grid for credits. Both options cut down your long-term utility costs. However, depending on your personal needs, one may be more beneficial than the other. The difference between hybrid solar panels and an off-grid system is the electrical grid backup. If you choose an off-grid system, your electrical needs completely rely on solar energy giving you full energy independence. There is no risk of fluctuating costs or losing power from grid outages. But let’s hope your panels can generate enough power during the day for what you need.
Going off-grid greatly reduces your carbon footprint, too, but it’s not fail proof. In fact, there is no backup during cloudy days (or months, for that matter) or when your system needs servicing.
Can I install my hybrid solar system myself ?
The short answer is yes. Is it easy? No. In fact, it would be a huge undertaking to research and purchase the appropriate parts to install on your own. So while you can do a DIY install, the more important question is whether it’s a good idea. And that answer is no. You’re better off relying on professionals to handle your hybrid solar system installation. Plus, when it comes to determining the right size of system and dealing with permits and inspections, an experienced professional will make sure that process is done right.
Are you ready to invest in a renewable energy source that will save you money? SOLARPARTS is here to help you acquire a hybrid solar system that will benefit you for decades to come.
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