Solar Electric Systems
The three most common types of solar-electric systems that GreenBrilliance designs are grid-tied, grid-tied with battery backup, and off-grid (stand-alone). Each has distinct applications and component needs.
Grid Intertied Solar-Electric Systems
Also known as on-grid, grid-tied, or utility interactive (UI), grid-tied solar-electric systems generate solar electricity and route it to the electric utility grid, offsetting a home’s or business’ electrical consumption and, in some instances, even turning the electric meter backwards.
Grid-Intertied Solar-Electric Systems with Battery Backup
Without a battery bank or generator backup for your grid intertied system, when a blackout occurs, your household will be in the dark, too. To keep some or all of your electric needs (or “loads”) like lights, a refrigerator, a well pump, or computer running even when utility power outages occur, many homeowners choose to install a grid-intertied system with battery backup.
Off-Grid Solar-Electric Systems
Although they are most common in remote locations without utility grid service, off-grid solar-electric systems can work anywhere. These systems operate independently from the grid to provide all of a household’s electricity. That means no electric bills and no blackouts—at least none caused by grid failures
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