Types of Solar
- These systems work in conjunction with the utility grid and will directly power all household loads onsite.
- Any excess power generated will be returned to the grid and offset power consumed through a process called Net Metering, reducing the owner’s electrical bills.
- Grid-tied systems can be sized according to the desired proportion of utility power to be offset or the client’s set budget.
- By law, these systems must shut down when a grid outage occurs to protect linemen from the electricity a solar-electric system is producing while line repair takes place.
Grid-Tied + Battery Backup
These systems work in conjunction with the utility grid and are capable of providing power when the grid goes down through a battery bank. Grid-Tied Battery Backup systems are usually designed to only provide power for mandatory loads. These loads are placed in a subpanel that will be powered by the battery bank in the event of an outage. These are also capable of net metering.
These systems are typically utilized in areas where there is currently no existing local power grid or areas where the expense of connecting a utility feed to the location is not cost effective. Off-Grid applications are typically designed for individuals who intend to use far less energy on a daily basis than the average American home. Off-Grid living generally takes a large system or a very “small” lifestyle
Marine / RV
Marine and RV systems are considered Off-Grid systems. Renewable energy sources (such as solar) charge the batteries which, in turn, power the DC power loads in the boat or RV. Many clients add an inverter to their boat or RV so that they can power electronics that would normally require a standard 110V outlet.