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.