Off-Grid vs Hybrid Solar Energy Systems

New year, new home? If you are moving or building a new home, you may be considering adding a solar energy system but with several options, which one is right for you? Yes, all systems will provide financial incentives and sustainability benefits but choosing the right option for you can minimize energy costs and allow for a fantastic long-term return on investment. Solar Bear of Tampa is quite the solar matchmaker so let’s dig a bit deeper to find your perfect match.

The two most popular types of solar energy systems include hybrid and grid-tied. Since everyone is going hybrid these days, let’s start here. A hybrid solar system is a grid-tied option that also offers battery storage. This system consists of an inverter that transmits any direct current (DC) produced to and from battery storage. Additionally, all alternating current (AC) energy can travel between the grid and your home, if necessary. This option is truly the best of both worlds because it allows you full control over any power produced but also keeps you tied to the electrical grid should there be an emergency outage. With this customizable setup, you have the option to add to or expand your solar setup. Though there are higher upfront installation costs, it does allow the homeowner to optimize their power usage with battery storage. Homeowners will need a sizable area for the required parts so a small or urban environment will not work.

If you are looking for the ultimate energy independence experience, then an off-grid solar energy system may be right for you. As the name implies, this system is not tied to an electrical grid and relies solely on solar panels to generate any power needed. No grid connection means no fluctuating energy costs or inconvenient power outages. But, it also means that you only have so much power to expend with no additional backup. Adding solar batteries is necessary for this option because homeowners will need access to stored energy during non-light hours or inclement weather. This system is a perfect option for those wanting to reduce their carbon footprint because it is the most eco-friendly and sustainable setup. However, if you intend to power an entire home, you will likely need more panels and larger batteries to sustain your home’s energy needs. This may involve higher initial costs during installation but will even out by monitoring energy usage.

Two solar energy systems diverged – which one will you take? Speak with our team of experts at Solar Bear of Tampa to learn more about our solar energy systems. Call us at (727) 741-7442 or schedule your free estimate online today!