If you’re considering switching to a solar energy system, there are typically two options to choose from: a grid-tied solar system and an off-grid solar system. There is also a third option, which is a variation of the standard grid-tied system: a grid-tied solar system with a battery backup.
The main difference between a standard grid-tied solar system and one with a battery backup is that you’ll have the convenience of backup power during an outage.
A grid-tied system with a battery backup is a more complex option, due to the solar system providing both regular energy to power your home and storing energy for use in the event of a power outage.
This system isn’t quite as cost-effective as a grid-tied system without a battery backup. But it is still a reliable renewable energy solution that allows you to access power from the grid as needed.
All grid-tied solar systems typically use net metering, which allows the energy your solar system generates to help offset the electricity you access from your local power grid.