Residential Solar Solutions
Various solar- and backup energy solutions are availale, to solve residential energy requirements. The correct solution to meet your unique requirements (and budget) may not even include solar panels, or it might not need a battery.
The 3 Primary Types of Residential Solar Solutions
To get a better understanding of the 3 primary types of residential solar systems, watch our How to Select your Solar System video on our YouTube channel, Solar Intelligence.
- Uninterruptible Power Supply. A UPS is a simple backup solution that uses the utility grid power to charge a battery, and this stored energy in the battery is then used to offer backup power when the utility grid fails.
This solution does not require solar panels to function, but once the battery is depleted, only the utility grid can re-charge the battery.
The solution does not offer any savings on electricity cost, but it offers energy storage for backup power when the utility grid fails.
- Pure Grid-Tied System. A pure grid-tied system is the cheapest and simplest of the solar systems, which also renders the best investment value, but this system does not offer any backup power. The only function of this system is to be a generator of electricity.
- Hybrid Solar System. A hybrid system incorporates the benefits of both a UPS and a Pure Grid-tied System, i.e. it includes both Storage and Generation.
A hybrid system can either be a constructed hybrid system (e.g. Victron/Fronius or SMA) or it can be a single hybrid inverter that manages both the Storage and Generation.
(If you need more information on that benefits of the different systems, watch this video on our YouTube channel, Solar Intelligence.
If you need more information on the costing of the different systems, watch this video on our YouTube channel, Solar Intelligence)