Modern solar systems have come a long way in a short time.
Not only have advances in technology and growing popularity made modern solar panels more affordable, but in many areas there may be government subsidies available, and an even more interesting recent development is the possibility of having a grid-connected solar system.
A low cost energy system that can actually pay for itself!
Setting up a solar grid connect power system can be less expensive than off-grid solar systems because you won’t need to purchase batteries and a solar power controller. For a grid-connected system, you only need to purchase solar panels and connect them to a special inverter designed for use with grid-connected solar systems.
This not only provides your home with free energy from the Sun, but any energy you generate that is surplus to your needs can be fed back to the grid. This means the electric meter in your home will spin backwards! Effectively you are selling electricity to the power company instead of them selling to you.
Help the environment and your bank balance
All mains power systems are bad for the environment in some way. By selling energy back to the grid, you join thousands of other modern solar enthusiasts to help ease the burden on mains generators. This reduces their consumption and also helps reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. At the same time, you are saving money on your own energy consumption, as well as potentially earning from whatever you sell back to the grid.
Modern solar systems can be affordable and attractive
In the past, most solar systems were built with big chunky monocrystalline panels. These older panels were expensive to buy, and because they were heavy and cumbersome they could also be more costly to install.
But today, due to developments in nanotechnology, it is possible to buy solar shingles, which are similar in appearance to regular roof shingles. Solar shingles make it possible to turn your entire roof into a solar energy collection system without the appearance of bulky solar panels.
They are very easy to work with, which also helps to bring down the cost of installation. And of course using solar shingles to construct your roof can add value to your property.
Consider a battery backup system
One potential problem with a purely grid-connected solar system is that it lacks one of the key benefits of off-grid solar systems, namely immunity from blackouts. This is because you will be selling the energy you collect rather than storing it. However, you do still have a choice to buy batteries and add them to your system as a backup power source.