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Grid tied solar: Using Solar Power without Cutting Off Your Electricity

September 29th, 2009 | admin

With the upcoming increase in electricity rates and the green movement pushing alternative energy sources, the solar power industry has become a booming business. Many people are considering solar power as a way to break free of the conventions and whims of their electric company and be self sufficient when it comes to powering their home.

However, you don’t have to go completely off the grid to power your home with solar energy. In fact, most people who install a solar power system will stay tied to their electric company’s grid as a precautionary back up system. You see, when people go “off grid,” it means they cut all ties to their power company. They are no longer plugged into the power grid and rely solely on the power they generate through their solar panels. While the feeling of being self-sufficient is a great feeling to have, the people who do decide to go off grid completely are missing out on some exciting benefits that come with staying tied to your power company’s grid system.

Even though you install a solar power system on your house, it’s advantageous to stay connected to the grid for many reasons. One reason is simply the feeling of comfort you get from knowing that on the days where you may not generate enough power for your home, you still have the ability to draw power from your electric company. This keeps the power going no matter what it’s like outside. In times of stormy weather or days with less daylight, when your solar panels may not power up completely, you still can have electricity.

Staying tied to the grid can also give you the benefit of simply reducing your electric bill. If you can’t afford a total solar power system, there is the option of adding panels a little at a time as your budget allows. Even just a little bit of solar power to generate electricity for your appliances can make a significant dent in your electric bill. Some people only use solar power to generate electricity for the things they know pull the most power such as the central air conditioning unit.

Another advantage of staying tied to your power company’s grid system is the ability to generate electricity for the grid. If you are tied to the grid, and you generate excess electricity, that power doesn’t go to waste. It will feed back into the grid and your meter will roll backwards. This helps provide energy for your neighbors and also gives you some extra income at the end of the year. That’s right! The power company will pay you for any power your solar energy system provides to the grid. Each power company has their own rules and regulations on this, so check with them first on what their policy is concerning grid tied power. Watch the video below to learn more about the grid tie converter.

As we all know an increase in your electric bill is coming if it hasn’t already hit you. Electricity rates are jumping by at least 20 percent across the country, and you’ll see it hit hard in your electric bill once the rates have been established. Solar power tied to the grid can help offset these rate increases. Even if you only install a smaller solar power system, you can compensate for these rate increases with the amount of energy you produce with your solar panels.

And of course, another great benefit of solar power is being able to generate clean renewable power that is good for the environment. Even just a little solar power in your home can have a significant impact on the reduction of harmful toxins that are released into the atmosphere. Every little bit helps and by reducing the amount of power you use, you can do your part in the green movement.

Now that you know all of the benefits of grid tied solar power, you’re probably wondering how to get started. First, you need to decide just how much solar power you want to generate. Can you afford to power your entire house? Or do you want to just do a little at a time? Take a look at your last electric bill to get an idea of how many watts you use on a monthly basis. Then call your local utility company up to see what kind of programs or regulations they have about solar systems. Do they have a credit system? If so, then you may consider trying to install a complete solar power system on your home if it’s within your budget.

If you’re budget is low, under $1,000, then you will need to start out small. There are many do-it-yourself kits that you purchase online for about $200 that will allow you to set up your system by yourself. They usually come with one solar panel at a time, so you can gradually increase the amount of power you are generating as your budget allows. These can be frustrating thought if you don’t know what you’re doing. Make sure you do your research and if you are a technical person who can follow directions, you should be fine.

A good idea is to take the money that you are saving on your electric bill and start a fund for your next panel. Pretty soon, you’ll have enough to install several panels and increase your savings significantly.

you can check out that explain in more detail how to install these simple kits and even tie them together for more wattage output. Click on the video below to watch the first video of this series.

Solar power is the way of the future. With energy prices rising and the economy still underwater, becoming self sufficient and cutting your monthly bills is a necessity, and solar energy can give you the power to do just that. With just a little research, and a couple of phone calls to your local power company, you can begin providing your home with clean, renewable solar energy.