Is Off-Grid or On-Grid Solar Better?

Are you considering installing a solar system but not sure which setup is better for your home? Both off-grid and on-grid system options carry positives and negatives but truthfully, it comes down to the electrical needs of your home. Solar Bear of Tampa takes a look at both systems and what factors may influence your decision.

As we mentioned above, electrical usage is the most critical variable that can affect your decision. During an initial energy audit consultation, our team will examine recent electricity bills, weather and climate patterns in your area in addition to your family’s energy needs.

Achieving a solar-powered home is possible with both on and off-grid systems. They will both reap financial incentives however, on-grid systems have a major financial benefit. With an on-grid or grid-tied system, any surplus electricity produced is not stored but rather sent to the power grid in exchange for utility credits towards your bills through a process called net metering. Off-grid systems use battery storage (that must be purchased) to store excess energy. This option is energy-independent but users must be conscious of electrical usage because there is no way to draw extra electricity from the grid.

On-grid systems use photovoltaic (PV) panels to convert sunlight into usable electricity for homeowner needs. They are either installed on the roof or as a ground mount system in an area that receives ample sun exposure. They also require an inverter in order to communicate with the grid. Most of these systems don’t require battery storage, making installation easier and more cost-effective. It’s important to note that because there is no battery storage, grid-tied solar systems will provide no backup power should an outage occur. Oppositely, an off-grid system will utilize battery storage and remain operational should an outage occur.

This comparison is by no means exhaustive. If you want to learn more about the most efficient solar panel system for your needs, schedule a free estimate with Solar Bear of Tampa. With the help of our professional team, making these improvements could be easier than you think. Call us at (727) 471-7442 today!