A hybrid solar system generates power in the same way as a traditional grid-feed solar system. The twist is that it can also store solar energy in a battery for later use. In addition, many hybrid systems can operate as a backup power supply during a blackout.
A hybrid system enables you to store the solar energy generated within a battery, which gives you the ability to use it when you’re home during the evening (when the cost of electricity is typically at peak rate). Since the peak electricity rate in some countries is four to five times the solar feed-in rate, this system can greatly reduce your energy costs.
When you choose a hybrid solar system, you gain the stored-power benefits of an off-grid system with the cost-saving features of a grid-connected system. Your hybrid system will provide you with:
- Storage for 24/7 solar-power
Your system stores solar-generated power for later use, even after daylight hours or during a power blackout.
- Independence from electricity companies
Although your hybrid system is still connected to the grid, you are not dependent on the grid for your power supply. By properly managing your power consumption, you can avoid paying energy bills altogether.
- Ability to make money from the public grid
Hybrid solar systems can export your home’s excess solar energy into the public grid. You can receive payment for the energy you contribute, allowing you to make money and/or eliminate your power bills altogether.
- Ability to draw/redraw power from the public grid
While your hybrid system allows you to operate completely independently of the public grid, you also get peace of mind knowing that you can draw power from the public grid if need be.
If you like the idea of living “off the grid” with the safety-net of grid-connected power, then a hybrid solar system is perfect for you. What’s more, you’ll enjoy significantly reduced energy costs.