What is a Grid Tied Solar Power System
The most common type of solar energy system, a grid tied system produces the fastest return on investment. The system connects to your local electric utility grid through the service panel in your home or business. This method of connection is popular because it offers the dual advantages of providing free solar energy while enabling you to maintain the same consistency in power you now receive from your local utility.
How it Works
The power produced by a grid-tied solar energy system fluctuates depending on the weather. If the power is depleted at night or in cloudy conditions, you’ll receive traditional electricity through your local power company. Conversely, when the sun is at its brightest, the solar power can feed all of your circuits with some still left over.
Why Choose A Grid Tied System
There a couple of benefits of choosing a grid-tied solar power system versus traditional power or an off-grid system.
With a grid-tied system, the excess energy produced during daylight is returned to the grid and you get a “credit” for that electricity. This is called “net metering”. This surplus power will go out of your house through your meter, actually making your meter spin backwards.
With a grid-tied solar system, you never have to worry about reliability being an issue. Since the grid acts as a backup, you’ll always be connected to power. It gives you the best of both worlds.
Grid tied solar power systems are more affordable since they require little to no maintenance and no additional costs for batteries and storage. Additionally, Federal and state governments, along with many local utility companies offer tax credits, low-interest loans and other incentives for installing solar power.
One thing that won’t change is if there is a blackout, the PV system shuts down and no solar power will be produced until your local power company restores power to the grid. This is required by law to prevent the flow of power that could endanger utility workers. When the blackout ends and power is available from the grid, your solar system will sense this and start working again.
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