Are you thinking about installing a solar energy system at your home or business but aren’t sure whether to go off-grid or on-grid? To make the best decision, we need to understand the key differences between off-grid and on-grid solar systems.
On-grid solar systems generate electricity only when the utility power grid is operational and directly connected to it. When you overproduce, on-grid systems send the excess power to the utility grid. These are the least expensive and easiest to install systems. Such systems will pay for themselves by offsetting the bills in 3-8 years. On-grid systems can be installed with or without net metering.
In the case of an on-grid system with net metering, the solar power fed to the grid is netted at the same tariff as the grid power sold to the consumer when calculating the monthly bill. In the absence of net metering, the rate at which solar power fed is credited may differ from the standard utility tariff. The most significant disadvantage of an on-grid system is that it does not provide power during a power outage.
Off-grid systems enable you to store and save solar energy in batteries for use when the power grid fails. It is designed to be completely self-sufficient. The best thing about off-grid solar plants is that they provide power for critical loads when the grid is down.
There are still several remote areas in India that have no electricity at all. Many households are still dealing with the crisis of power outages. Furthermore, there are areas where the power supply is inconsistent or insufficient. Off-grid Solar Systems are a boon to people who live in such areas because they do not require a utility grid to function. Even so, it can provide consistent and adequate electricity almost every day of the year.
The Importance of Off-Grid Solar Power Systems
An off-grid solar power plant is a system that includes a battery bank. It can store the energy generated by the system for later use. When there is no sunlight, the solar battery will provide continuous power.
This solar system works by converting sunlight into electricity, which is then used to power your connected load. Excess electricity will be automatically stored in solar batteries. That is, even in the absence of sunlight, there will be no power shortage (at night or in a cloudy atmosphere).