Grid Tied Residential Solar Power System

A supplementary home solar power system.

Win win win! You win - the environment wins - even the power company wins.

grid tied solar system

A Grid Tied Residential Solar Power System works hand in hand with a conventional system using the existing power grid as its back-up. Choose any size solar grid tie system that works within your budget and available space.

You don't have to choose between the conventional grid and solar power, grid tied systems offer the best of both worlds. The only choice you have to make is - how big?

Simple plug-and-play, grid tie systems are offered in pre-packaged kits that contain all the essential components - designed to work with each other. You won't have to search for the perfect inverter to go with your 4.263 KW system.

Then just install it - and let the savings begin!

The only time you'll notice a difference in your power delivery is when the neighborhood is experiencing a power outage - and you're not.

You can get as much as half your money back too. Many Countries, States and Municipalities are encouraging the use of solar power by offering subsudies, grants and tax credits to homeowners who install a solar grid tie system.

US Residents Check here to see if you qualify for rebates.

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It may be necessary for you to hire an electrician in order to be eligible for tax incentives or rebates.

If you plan to make application to any program for financial incentives, carefully read the terms and conditions of the program before making any purchase or installation decisions.

Savvy power companies are happy to help you connect your solar system to the grid. It reduces your power demands and can supplement their system.

By keeping power demands down, power companies don't have to resort to rolling brownouts or blackouts and they don't have to build more - very expensive and environmentally questionable - power plants. Your little solar power plant is actually doing them a favor.

Because you remain tied to the utility grid - power from the lines is still able to flow into your home at night and when your system is not keeping up with your household energy demands. It works the other way too!

Components of a Grid Tied Residential Solar Power System

  • Solar Panels - The size and number of the panels will determine how much energy your system can potentially make.
  • Inverter - An inverter converts the DC energy that the pv panels make into AC power that is compatible with the grid.
  • Mounting Racks
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Wiring and Cabling Diagrams

power meter

When your solar grid tie system is producing more energy than your home requires the excess is sent into the grid for use by your neighbors.

Your meter will actually run backwards as your system deposits energy into the grid... energy that the power company buys from you!

Energy demand on any power grid is highest during the mid-day and evening hours, particularly in the summer when air conditioners draw huge amounts of power - That's right about the time the solar panels are in full swing.

Recommendations for a Grid Tied Residential Solar Power System

  • Choose a system that will allow you to add to it. - As prices of solar panels decline you may want to add to your system. Make sure you'll be able to increase the size of your system.
  • Deal with a reputable company. - Choose a well established company with a good reputation. A warranty is only as good as the company that holds it.
  • Add a Solar Water Heater - 30% of your home energy bill is claimed by heating water. A solar power water heater is much less expensive than PV solar, pays for itself rapidly and removing that 30% from your power equation means that you photovoltaic energy goes much further.
  • Passive Solar - Further reduce your energy needs by establishing as much passive solar power (the free stuff) as your location allows.
  • Make Energy Efficient Changes - Here are some painless energy conservation tips and techniques that'll reduce your energy costs whether or not you opt to install a photovoltaic system.

Advantages of a Grid Tied Residential Solar Power System

  • Fits your budget - Pay whatever you can afford for your system, the grid is always there to deliver power when the panels are dark. You can select any size that fits your current budget and if your circumstances change you can add to them later.
  • Fits your roof - Limited space on the roof? You may not be able to put an off grid system up there but
  • No battery bank to maintain - Batteries are picky and they like to be coddled and maintained and no matter how well you treat them they will need to be replaced, at significant expense to you. A solar grid tie system uses the existing grid for backup removing the need for a battery bank from the equation. In a way, the grid is your battery bank.
  • The Grid Fills in the Gaps - Using the existing grid gives you the freedom to tailor your system to any size you want without the concern of running out of power. When the panels stop producing, the grid seamlessly picks up where they leave off.
  • No Sizing Calculations - One of the trickiest aspects of off grid solar systems is the sizing issue. Figuring out how big the system needs to be in order to deliver all the energy you need in every weather condition and every season. It can take a year to gather all the information and stats you need to do the job adequately.

    None of that is necessary when the system is tied to the grid
  • Energy Buy Back - When your system produces power that you don't immediately need, that energy will be directed into the power grid for use by the power company and they'll pay you for it. When you go on vacation, your house is earning money.

Disadvantages of a Grid Tied Residential Solar Power System

  • Reliance on the Grid - Although your solar system provides energy while the sun is shining a grid tie system is still reliant on grid energy, at night and when the sun is obstructed by cloud cover. That means that you'll still be vulnerable to power outages during those times.
  • Capital Outlay - No matter how you slice it, there's the initial start-up cost, which can be considerable. However, cost of solar energy is on a steady decline and a grid tied residential solar power system will pay for itself and in time generate free power to your house. The grid is never going to be offering free power.

If you want blackout protection or can't tie into a grid, no problem. An Independent Residential Solar Power System will provide all of your power needs.

Northern Tool and Equipment offers a grid tied residential solar power system in a variety of sizes from 2.18KW to 8.64KW - AND they are so confident that their prices are the lowest prices on the internet that they back it up with a 110% money back guarantee.

Grid Tie Solar Systems

4.80KW - 20 Panel Home Solar Power Kit - $17,999.99

PowerG Grid-Tie Solar System — 4.80kW, 20-Panel Array, 
Model# Power 4.8

PowerG Grid-Tie Solar System — 4.80kW, 20-Panel Array, Model# Power 4.8

A grid tied residential solar power system is a great way to establish alternative energy in your home without the substantial cost of an off grid system.

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