Hybrid Solar Power Systems

About Hybrid Solar Power Systems

Hybrid solar power systems combines the best from grid-tied and off-grid solar power systems. These systems can either be described as off-grid solar with utility backup power, or grid-tied solar with extra battery storage.

If you own a grid-tied solar power system and drive a vehicle that runs on electricity, you already kind of have a hybrid setup. The electrical vehicle is really just a battery with wheels.

Consequently, you can temporarily store whatever excess electricity your solar panels in batteries, and put it on the utility grid when you are paid the most for every kWh. Smart solar holds a lot of promise. The concept will become increasingly important as we transition towards the smart grid in the coming years.

Smart solar holds a lot of promise

The introduction of hybrid solar power systems has opened up for many interesting innovations. New inverters let homeowners take advantage of changes in the utility electricity rates throughout the day.

Solar panels happen to output the most electrical power at noon – not long before the price of electricity peaks. Your home and electrical vehicle can be programmed to consume power during off-peak hours (or from your solar panels).

Advantages of Hybrid Solar Power Systems

Less expensive than off-gird solar Power systems

Hybrid solar power systems are less expensive than off-grid solar power systems. You don`t really need a backup generator, and the capacity of your battery bank can be downsized. Off-peak electricity from the utility company is cheaper than diesel.

Equipment for Hybrid Solar Power Systems

Typical hybrid solar power systems are based on the following additional components:

  • Charge Controller
  • Battery Bank
  • DC Disconnect (additional)
  • Battery-Based Grid-Tie
  • Inverter
  • Power Meter

Battery-Based Grid-Tie Inverter

Hybrid solar power systems utilize batter-based grid-tie inverters. These devices combine can draw electrical power to and from battery banks, as well as synchronize with the utility grid

The bottom line is this: Right now, for the vast majority of homeowners, tapping the utility grid for electricity and energy storage is significantly cheaper and more practical than using battery banks and/or backup generators.

Hybrid Solar

Definition: Hybrid systems provide power to your grid and batteries both so incase if the grid is off it will switch to your batteries and will operate your system accordingly.

Benefits A mixtures of on-grid & off-grid allows you to maintain your electricity balance on both ways.