If you're considering installing solar panels, you might think you have to choose between a system that's tied to the grid and one that isn't. If you're not sure which one is your best option, you'll be relieved to know that there's a third option known as a hybrid system. Using sophisticated inverters such as SMA solar inverters, hybrid systems are much like traditional grid-tie systems, except they're able to store energy in batteries for use when necessary. Here are a few reasons to consider installing a hybrid solar inverter for use in your home's solar system.

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Save Money

One of the advantages of any solar system is state and local governments let you send excess energy back to the grid in return for money or credit, often referred to as a feed-in tariff or FiT. The problem is this return isn't always reliable as many governments have reduced the amount of money available. Since you can't use your solar power at night without a battery, you wind up paying more for the power you're using in the evenings than the money you can conceivably make on the energy you're feeding back to the grid. SMA hybrid inverters let you store excess solar power in your on-site battery so you can use it at night and during cloudy days, saving you more money.


A Source of Backup Power

If you live in a part of the country that's vulnerable to blackouts due to inclement weather or wildfires, you probably appreciate the importance of having access to a backup source of power. Because you can keep a solar battery charged at home at all times, hybrid systems are perfect for those who are worried about blackouts. Also, by having your own solar battery, you won't have to deal with the noise and waste of a gas-powered generator.


A Smaller Carbon Footprint

If you have or want a solar system for your home, you're probably already familiar with the environmental benefits of solar energy. A hybrid system lets you take full advantage of your solar panels so you can reduce greenhouse gases even further. A solar battery gives you access to the solar power you're generating at any time, day or night. The more you can use your battery (or solar panels directly), the less energy you'll be pulling from the grid, reducing your carbon footprint.


You're Still Connected to the Grid

Not only is your battery a good backup power source, but the grid can perform the same function. With a hybrid system, you get the best of both worlds. Should you run out of power in your battery, the grid is there for you when you need it. If you have excess power you're not using, and your battery is full, you can still sell that power back to the grid and receive FiTs in return. You don't have to choose a battery or the grid with a hybrid system because you have access to both.

If you're ready to install your own SMA hybrid solar inverter, contact the professionals at The PowerStore, Inc. Give us a call with any questions you might have at (888) 595-0580. We'd love to help you install the solar power system of your dreams.