Hybrid solar systems combine the best of grid-tied and off-grid solar systems. It is basically grid-tied solar system with extra battery storage to store excess power to offset peak load or night time use.
A hybrid system ensures less reliance on the grid since a solar battery is used as a backup when solar power or grid power is not available.
- Batteries allow you to consume almost all the energy you generate. Rather than sending power back to the grid for minimal return, you can store the power and have it available to use whenever you need.
- Smart inverters let you take advantage of changes in the utility electricity rates throughout the day. You can temporarily store the excess electricity from your solar panels in the batteries, and transmit to the utility grid when you are paid the most for every kWh. .
- A grid-tied system does not function during power outages but a hybrid system can keep operating.