Did your neighbor go solar and now solar has sparked your interest? Here is what you need to know when considering what type of solar panel system is right for your home.
The most common and cost-effective type of solar system is a grid-tie solar system. You may be thinking, well how does a grid-tie system work? It uses energy from solar panels when the sun is shining and from the grid when the sun is down. The excess energy is then exported back to the grid for credits on your electricity bill. This is called Net Metering.
In the same way, a very important factor about grid-tie systems is that they will not work during a power outage. So, to keep your system running during an outage you will need to install a system with energy storage.
Nonetheless, if your primary goal to go solar is saving money, then a grid-tie solar system is your best option.
What are the benefits of a grid-tie solar system?
- Produces your own energy
- Lock-in energy rates
- Predictable energy bills
But, if your concern is having power during a storm or power outage, then you should consider a solar hybrid system. It offers limitless power and is a perfect fit for homeowners who want to create energy freedom. When the power goes out, your hybrid system can provide seamless backup to power your essential appliances. Like keeping your lights on or running your refrigerator.
What are the benefits of installing a Solar Hybrid System?
Sol-Ark’s Solar Hybrid System
Our solar hybrid system is affordable, efficient, flexible. It has on-grid and off-grid capabilities, allowing you to continue running on solar power even if the grid goes dark.
- Solar Hybrid Systems are both grid-tie and storage ready
- Solar hybrid systems make sense if you’re not eligible for net metering and have peak electricity rates.
- Provides protection from power outages
Both types of systems (grid-tie or solar hybrid) have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the system that fits your energy needs, and as the cost of solar continues to fall, systems with energy storage are becoming more cost-effective and appealing.
Choosing the right solar installation for your property
Once you have figured out what type of system is right for your home, then it’s time to look into what type of installation is best. Solar panels can be placed basically anywhere. From a roof, ground mount, a pergola, a carport. Homeowners in Texas can benefit from a solar panel installation on their property. The most common type of residential solar system installation is a rooftop installation.
The consistent rule-of-thumb is: The more south facing the surface, the more energy the system will produce.
3 key factors:
1- South-facing orientation
2- Minimal Shading
3- Minimal Obstructions and surface area
Consider the amount of shading from nearby obstructions which may impact your system. Although, the more clear space the better, we can also work around your vent pipes, chimneys, and skylights. However, not every roof is ideal for solar.
Luckily, if you have the right space, there are plenty of other solar system designs/solar installations that you can use for your solar panels. Solar pergolas, solar carports, rooftops, and ground mount systems are a great solution for homes that don’t have ideal roofs or homeowners that are worried about curb appeal.
No matter which solar solution you choose, installing solar panel systems will help save you money, become energy independent and protect what matters most.
If you’re ready to become energy independent, drop us a line!