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Save and Even Earn Money with Grid Tie Solar Power

If you are looking to use solar energy to power your home, the first thing you need to decide is whether to use a solar grid tie system or an off grid solar system. For the majority of homes, a grid tied solar system is probably the best option. Why?

These systems are usually much cheaper to purchase (due to the fact that they do not require an additional battery) and they are also the only type of solar system that can actually make you money in the long run, although their ability to earn you money depends entirely on the options made available to you by your local power company. 

These systems are able to earn you money through a process called net metering, and more on that will be covered a little later on. However, first we will look at exactly what a solar grid tie system is and then we will move on to discuss the benefits of this type of solar system, including net metering. 

What is a Solar Grid Tie System?

A grid tied solar system is the term used to refer to any solar unit that is directly connected to the local utility grid. This means that any energy created by the photovoltaic solar panels is fed directly into the local electricity supply. A grid tied solar system generates electricity through the use of its photovoltaic solar panels, and this electricity is then sent to the home where it is either immediately used if necessary. 

grid tie solarIf the home is not using electricity, or if the system is generating excess energy, then the energy is then fed onto the local electricity grid. This means that while your solar system is currently generating electricity, this electricity will be used to power any and hopefully all electricity needs that your home or office has at that time. 

However, this also means that a grid tied solar system is also unable to store any excess energy created due to the lack of a battery. Therefore, whenever your grid tie solar system is not generating electricity (such as times when the sun is hidden by clouds, when the sky is overcast, or at night) then any electricity needs that your home may have must come directly from the local electricity grid. 

Nonetheless, this does not mean that a grid tie solar system cannot help you to achieve your goal of zero net emissions. As long as you can generate more electricity than you use, then you will still be able to use only the solar energy that you generate.

How Does a Solar Grid Tie System Work?

A grid tied solar system is a photovoltaic solar unit that works through the use of silicon solar panels that generate electricity when exposed to sunlight. The electricity generated within these solar panels is then transferred to the solar inverter. 

grid tie solarA solar inverter is a device that converts the direct current (DC) electricity created by the solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity which can be used to power your home and any electronic devices within in. After being converted into alternating current, the electricity then goes to your home’s electricity panel, whereby it is then transferred to any parts of the house currently using electricity. 

Any excess electricity then travels past the home or office’s electricity meter before passing on to the power lines and into the local electricity grid. 

When the energy created by the grid tie solar system passes by the electrical meter, it actually causes the meter to roll back, whereas any energy coming from the grid into the building’s electrical system causes it to roll forward resulting in energy charges.

What is Net Metering and How Can You Benefit From It?

Net metering is a program offered by many electricity companies around the world which will pay the home or business owner for any excess electricity that they create. However, this does not always mean that you will earn actual money through this process, as many electricity companies will only reward you in the way of credits on your energy bill, although, some do still pay real money for the excess energy. 

grid tie solarThis means that even if your home is completely carbon zero, you still may not earn any tangible cash for the excess energy you create, but at least you can feel comfortable knowing that others will be able to use your excess solar energy so you are still making a difference in helping to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions. 

Before installing any grid tied solar system, you should be sure to check with your local utility company to see what, if any, type of net metering program they have to offer you. 

Who knows? Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones and live in an area where you can earn real money for your excess electricity. If this is the case, all you have to do is sit back and wait for the checks to start rolling in due to the excess of free electricity that your home or business is creating. 

Either way, the entire system should pay for itself in only a few years due to the fact that you will be saving so much money on your electricity bills. Even if you cannot afford a large enough system to generate enough electricity to power your home, any size of solar system will still go a long way towards helping you to reach energy independence while also helping to reduce the amount of pollution as well.

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