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Off-grid vs On-grid Solar System

Oct 3

It can be difficult to install a solar power plant. This is especially true for customers who have to make decisions about choosing the right panels, how much power they will consume, which system to use, what grid connection, and other details. All solar power systems operate on the photovoltaic effect. However, the way that solar energy is used will depend on the individual. An off-grid system can be used to generate solar energy without the need for a grid connection. An alternative option is to use an off-grid solar system to produce more energy than you consume. This can be done via net metering.


Does that sound complicated? It's not. An off-grid system does not connect to the grid. A connected on-grid system is connected to the utility grid. The equipment required for installation, the method of installation, and energy bills will all be determined by the customer's choice.


There is a difference between an Off Grid Solar System and an On Grid Solar System.

On-grid Solar Power System


On-grid systems are also known as grid-tied solar systems. This means they are connected to the utility grid. This is the most common solar system used for commercial and residential purposes. It does not require additional batteries to store power. This is a benefit. It is expensive to have a large battery backup to supply electricity when the solar panel system stops producing it. This will add to the initial cost. When the utility's system isn't producing enough energy or is malfunctioning, the on-grid system uses the electricity generated by the utility. This will ensure that your energy requirements are met without the need for large quantities of batteries.

In the event of an outage, however, the on-grid system will cease to operate. On-grid systems will also stop producing if there is a power cut at the utility. This is for the safety and security of grid workers who are trying to solve the problem. This makes the on-grid system not suitable for areas that suffer frequent power failures.


Why choose on-grid systems instead?

  1. Installation is simple and affordable


  1. Residential users and businesses have the opportunity to generate passive income from excess energy generated by the systems.


A report by Economic Times states that private, commercial, and industrial buildings may be eligible for 'Accelerated depreciation Benefit', which can be used to set up solar rooftop systems. The current rate is 80 percent in one year.


Off-grid System


Off-grid is a system that works independently from any utility. The consumer is not connected to any utility's electricity system. This system uses solar power to store its generated energy.


Off-grid systems are self-sustaining, but require higher expenditures as the consumer must buy a battery pack or solar panels, grid box and inverter, charge controller, mounting structures, and balance of other systems. The panels store and generate power during the day and can be used at night.


It is ideal for those areas that are subject to frequent power outages. Off-grid solar systems in remote and rural areas can provide reliable and sustainable electricity generation.