With the cost of power becoming more and more expensive, solar power is becoming the best option for a lot of homes. There's a huge range of options for your home from full off-grid systems or grid-tied systems to help provide a cheaper, more environmentally friendly power solution for your home. Consider speaking to the experienced professionals at SLC Solar Panel Pros if you are looking at adding solar power to your home and we can help guide you through the process, answering all your questions and walking you through the options available to see what suits your power needs most.
The two main types of solar power systems available for your home and commercial property, are grid-tied and off-grid systems. Off-grid solar power systems provide a full power solution to your home without the need to take power out of the city's grid, using large solar panels and battery banks to ensure you are completely self-sustaining and have constant power available. Grid-tied systems, however, provide a power boost to supplement power received from the grid, reducing the amount of money spent on supplied energy. These systems are generally simpler and more affordable than the off-grid alternative, helping you cut costs without a large initial investment.
As the systems for grid-tied solar power are more simplistic, they can save you a lot in upfront and maintenance costs. Off-grid systems rely on large batteries to store the power for later use, but as the power grid is essentially working as your battery back-up in a grid-tied system, it saves you the purchase cost and maintenance costs of batteries, leaving you with fewer things to worry about. Obviously, you don't get the benefit of having free power available to you at all times, but if your system runs at a high efficiency you may find that your panels are generating more power than you consume, which can be fed back into the grid, most power companies will buy this power off you.
Planning ahead before installing your solar panels is very important to ensure you get the best from your system. Factors like sun exposure and safety from any trees that could lose branches onto the panels are important to consider before placing the panels permanently. The team at SLC Solar Panel Pros have had years of experience making sure panels are placed in the best location, allowing the systems to run as efficiently as possible. Our team has specialist tools and calculators to work out your system requirements and the characteristics of your home environment to make sure that the system you've chosen is right for the job.
In most cases, the power meter that is already installed in your home won't be set up for net metering. Net metering is the process power companies use to monitor the power going in and out of the system, so if your system is putting power into the grid they are able to record and keep track of it, paying you for the power they receive. In some cases, these new power meters are free – depending on the power supplier. To check if you're meter is appropriate or you need to have a new one installed, either contact your power supplier or speak with our customer service team to have one of our technicians inspect it.