Choosing the Right Solar PV System Set-up for your Home
Being in the market for nine years, Buskowitz Energy has witnessed how solar technology has improved and progressed in the Philippines. Going back to when solar power was still new in the country, people were not ready to accept this kind of technology. There were misconceptions, and people were not interested in the use of solar energy. But here we are, after almost a decade, solar power is now creating an impact on the lives of many. People are becoming more interested and more eager to use Solar PV systems not just for their homes, but also for businesses. With the unpredictable rate of our local distribution utilities, people have now appreciated the benefits of going solar.
Today, Buskowitz Energy will help you understand the three types of solar panel set-ups–which are On-Grid, Hybrid, and Off-Grid–to guide you as you choose the best system for your home.
- On-Grid Set -up
On-Grid system can also be called a Grid-Tied system. This is the most common type of solar power system. Basically, this setup needs to be connected to your local Distribution Utility (DU). An on-grid system doesn’t include batteries, meaning, you can’t use it if there’s a power interruption. Likewise, the set-up can’t run at night as well. Why? Because solar PV doesn’t work at night, as it harnesses the power of the sun. Having a battery as a backup, will allow you to use the stored energy harvested by your solar panels during the daytime, but more on this later.
With an on-grid system, there is still no need to worry about your consumption at night. All DUs offer a net metering system. This program allows you to sell your excess energy to your local DU. At the same time, allowing you to offset your excess energy production to your nighttime consumption.
Of all types, this is the least expensive. We recommend this for your home if you are living in an area where there’s almost no blackout or power outs rarely happen.
- Off-Grid System
The Off-Grid system is designed for a home that has no source of electricity. Having an Off-grid set-up means you will be completely dependent on your solar PV system and battery to power your appliances. However, we don’t recommend this type of system in areas that have an available utility distribution, as this system is the most expensive to set-up of the three.
- Hybrid Set-up
A Hybrid system allows you to have the best of both worlds. You are connected to your local DU, at the same time you have batteries connected to the system that serves as a backup when a power interruption occurs.
A hybrid system is twice as expensive as a grid-tied system. That is because you are adding more panels to your system, plus batteries. We recommend the Hybrid system unless you experience blackouts frequently in your area.
Now that you are more familiar with the types of solar PV systems, you will be more confident to choose the right set-up for your home. It’s great to have a home powered by solar energy. More than saving from your electricity bills, switching to a solar PV system can save our Mother Earth from climate change.
Talk to our solar expert now and switch to solar!