The 3 Main Residential Solar Systems For All Households
Going solar is a great decision, but it’s not to be taken lightly. It’s a choice that leaves a definite impact on your finances, energy awareness, and lifestyle. While solar power systems are sure to give you savings in the long run, the initial installation and system costs for residential solar systems can range anywhere between $15,000 to $100,000 on average.
You can’t put a price on clean energy, but the money you did put into your solar system is sure to make you more aware of your energy consumption. Without you noticing it, you’ll start taking note of activities that eat up the most energy, which appliances are just plain electricity guzzlers, which energy-draining activities you can do without, and so on.
However, the fact remains that the benefits of installing your own solar panel systems far outweigh the initial daunting drawbacks. As a renewable source of clean energy, you don’t have to worry about it running out or putting a strain on the environment just to keep running. There’s a lot to pay for the installation, but monthly maintenance and upkeep cost virtually nothing.
The components of an average solar panel system can last up to 25 years without need of replacement or major repairs. And if the price does seem a little intimidating at first, just remember that residential solar systems are cheaper and more accessible now. Research shows it takes about 6 or 7 years before the system completely pays for itself. Not bad, right?
If you aren’t sure what system best suits your household’s needs, solar panel companies can help you with that. Give our expert technicians a call and we’ll be more than happy to assess your home and your energy needs. Once they’ve figured out how much power you need and which system works best for you, they can get the installation process started immediately! There are 3 primary types of home solar electric systems available in the market right now.
Off grid Power System
As the name suggests, this type of solar system isn’t connected to the grid at all. That means you are your own sole source of energy. For this system to be successful – and not wasteful – you’ll need to purchase backup batteries and a backup generator. The batteries are smaller, quicker reserves of energy which you can charge and recharge as you see fit. They’re perfect for when you’ve got a sudden upsurge in electricity usage or when there’s not enough sun going for your panels to power your house. An electric generator must also be purchased along with your Off Grid Power System. In the rare chance that your backup batteries still aren’t enough to meet your energy needs, the generator’s sure to pick up the slack and save you from certain power outage.
Grid Inter-Tied Residential Solar Systems
The Grid Inter-Tied Residential Solar System is the cheapest, most flexible, and most practical system of all three. Because this system is connected both to your residential solar systems and to the power grid, it gives you the option to use either your solar power or the electricity from the grid. This is best for people still starting out and aren’t really sure how much energy their household needs. If their solar system is pumping too little energy, they can get juice from the grid. If there’s too much solar energy, they can pump the excess back to the grid and get paid via feed-in tariffs. The switch between systems is seamless: no stutters, no cool-down period, no waiting time, and so on. This system is the cheapest since it doesn’t require a lot of components as compared to the other two, which means it also requires less maintenance.
Grid Inter-tied Residential Solar Systems with Battery Backup
The difference between this system and the last one is the battery backup at the end of the name. The Grid Inter-Tied Residential Solar System gives you another option in handling the excess power your system pumps out – you can either sell it to the grid or store it in batteries for later use. This is great for those sudden activities (i.e., social gatherings, parties) that need extra power to keep it going. The only disadvantage to this kind of system is the constant charging and storing of batteries can impact the efficiency of your system over time.
Here at Solar Panels Adelaide, we care for our customers. You and your family’s needs are important to us. We want you to get the best system possible so you can save more and spend less. Why not give us a call today? We have years of experience dealing with solar installation and solar products, and we’re more than happy to give you advice, help you calculate, and even start the installation process for you.