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Decide What Kind of System You Need

Renewable Energy Systems come in many shapes and sizes. Some are powered by solar panels; others by wind or water, or a combination of these. Some are grid-connected; others are independent of utility power lines.

Which is right for you?

What is your primary reason for adding solar: saving money on electricity OR being independent of the utility company?

  • Gridtie systems are great for lowering your electrical bill, but require a connection to the utility company.

  • Off-grid systems allow you to live and work with electricity in areas where utility power is either unavailable or too expensive to bring in. Off-grid is more about independence, but by living within your means, financially and energy-wise, you do save money.

  • Gridtie systems with battery backup allow the best of both of the above, but are more expensive to to start with.

Follow the links below to learn about the components of each kind of system, their benefits and limitations.

Grid-Tied or Off-Grid?

Which system type is best for you? Find the answer in our handy guide for choosing your system.

What Are The Main Types Of Solar Systems?

The main types of solar systems
Watch the video to learn about the differences between grid-tied, grid-tied with battery backup, and off-grid solar systems.

Off-Grid Systems

Robust power systems for remote homes and cabins. Off-Grid power is ideal for remote areas, undeveloped land, and anyone without access to utility power.
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Off grid solar power system

Grid-Tied Systems

Grid-tied Solar Systems generate electricity for your home or business and route the excess power into the electric utility grid for compensation from the utility company.
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Grid tie solar power systems
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Size Your System