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An Off-Grid Solar System: What You Need To Know
Solar systems in general can offer many benefits for your home or business in Salt Lake City. However, when you are looking to install your system, what kind should you choose? A grid-tied solar system or an off-grid system? Both have their advantages and disadvantages — choosing one begins with being educated about what each system can provide you.
What Is An Off-Grid Solar System?
When you install a solar system you can either have it tied to the system which allows you to utilize both solar power and the city’s power source and earn credits toward how much extra energy your home generates. These credits are used or billed when you must draw energy from the city, meaning you won’t be charged for withdrawing power from the city if you have credits to cover the cost.
An off-grid system means that your home is not tied to the city’s power source and you will get all of your electricity from your solar system. This system is built to provide you all the power you need and will keep your lights on even during power outages experienced by the city.
What Are the Benefits of An Off-Grid Solar System?
Installing a solar system provides many advantages. However, when you are deciding what type of system to install, how do you choose? Though you will experience similar benefits with each system, they are different and offer slightly different benefits.
Avoid Power Outages
When you install a solar system whether it be tied or off-grid, you can keep your lights on no matter if there are power outages occurring in your area. A grid-tied system, however, may not provide you this advantage if you have run out of power from your solar system and are drawing on the city’s power. An off-grid system will keep your lights on regardless. These systems are built to accommodate the power needs of your home.
Reduce Your Energy Costs
Solar energy is significantly less expensive — even with the additional cost of installing a system. Though both types of solar systems will provide you savings in energy costs, a grid-tied system could still cause you to have an energy bill depending on how much energy you consume and if you have any Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). An off-grid system may require a higher initial investment as your system will be bigger to power your home in its entirety, but it could be less expensive in the long run as you are completely self-sufficient.
When you have a professional solar company install your system, you don’t have to worry about installation because they know how to get the job done. However, an off grid system can be easier to install as city power lines, pole location, and other elements don’t have to be taken into account when your off-grid system is being installed.
Alternatives For Rural Areas
Rural areas can be more prone to blackouts and difficulty getting power. However, an off-grid system makes it easy to have a reliable power source no matter where you are located. Considerations for location and the amount of sun you get during the day still have to be taken into consideration. An off-grid system makes it easier for those in secluded areas to get the power they need regardless of nearby power offerings.
Keep the Environment Clean
By going completely off the grid, you are able to cut your carbon footprint even more so than with a tied-grid system. With zero dependence on fossil fuels and other means of energy consumption, you are joining a growing number of homeowners and businesses in Utah and around the world that are making a difference to help protect our planet.
The Disadvantages of An Off-Grid System
As we discuss the advantage of an off-grid system it is only fair to discuss the disadvantages. Finding the right system for your home is found when you fully understand the pros and cons of both systems.
Your System is Your Only Power Source
Since your system is the only power source, you must be self-sufficient. With a tied-grid system, if you run out of power, you can draw power from the grid. However, an off-grid system doesn’t have this alternative. To combat this possibility, off-grid systems are built with batteries that store energy to keep your system going even during seasons of higher energy consumption.
Do Not Enjoy Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)
One of the cons highlighted by many people as an advantage of solar energy is the possibility to enjoy Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). These are generated by tied-grid systems and are awarded to you by the energy company. This can help you save money when you have to draw from the grid. Though you do not enjoy this return when you have an off-grid system, you still enjoy the savings of switching to solar power.
Can Be More Expensive — Initially
Installing solar is a pricey endeavor. It is an investment much like installing a new roof — it is costly, but the returns on investment make it well worth it. Additionally, an off-grid system can be more costly as the system must support your home. However, the savings on energy costs can offset these costs significantly in the long-run.
Ready to Install an Off-Grid Solar System?
Are you ready to install a solar system for your home? Contact Gardner Energy to get a free quote and learn more about the possibilities for your home or business.