Solar power has been providing our electric for going on fourteen years now. Does it mean we have never had a power outage? Absolutely not! I should explain myself here. Our system is only as good as our equipment. I mentioned in a previous post, Independent Grid-Tied System, that we had been having problems with our generator. We are now having problems with the new motor. It is not as good as the one that originally came with the generator kit. I am thinking we will need to buy the exact same model as we had.
When you are completely off-the-grid, and the winter months are pretty much sunless here in the northeast US, you really need a generator. Our system is pretty small by most people’s standards, but usually works for us. As we get older though, I’d like to have life a little easier. That is where a grid-tied system comes in to play for us. Solar electricity has become pretty easy to add to your home. There are many government incentives and grants available depending on your state.
What I like about this idea is that your home can be like any other house. Just like what you were used to before you moved off-the-grid. I also like the idea of the solar rebates offered. Our house here will be off-the-grid probably forever, but we don’t have to be. We are considering moving to a bigger piece of land, in a more private area, yet connected to the local power grid. Setting up a grid-tied solar system with a battery bank, insures that we should have power no matter what. If the utility power experiences an outage, then our battery bank will keep us from losing our power. The best of both worlds, I say!
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