Let’s Talk About Hybrid Inverters…

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Off grid solar production was once a niche market. Now, the new hybrid inverters allow more customers to have the capacity to feed energy from their renewable energy system into the grid, while also having the flexibility to operate when the power is down.

A common question from our customers about hybrid inverters Relates to why they should even be concerned with using the grid at all. The huge benefit gained from a utility connection is that it leaves us with more options about where to source and how to store our energy.

First, while solar energy only produces energy during the day, The grid is generally working 24 hours a day. The hybrid systems are compatible with both new lithium technology batteries and also legacy lead acid batteries. When using a hybrid connection, the battery bank can be sized much smaller than fully off-grid alternatives.

Some popular applications for the hybrid system are as a backup for short term power outages. Of course, we also hear from customers awaiting the zombie apocalypse. Having your solar system ready helps with this too! Traditional solar systems are not functioning when the grid is down. Most of our Southern California residents have experience at least short term blackouts. This could be an inconvenience to most of our Southern California residents have experience at least short term blackouts. This could be an inconvenience such as having your refrigerated goods spoil. For other customers who have family members on life-saving medical devices, the repercussions are much more serious. Hybrid systems that operate when the power is down can help a whole range of our customers.

Another more practical application for hybrid systems relates to energy balancing. This allows the customer to produce energy when the sun is shining, store it, and sell it back to the utility when their feedback tariff is at its highest. Conversely, customers can buy energy during the night off-peak hours, as necessary.

We generally create what’s called a critical load panel. This is a subpanel composed of all the circuits we deem necessary during a power outage. When we install your system we wi we generally create what’s called a critical load panel. This is a sub panel composed of all the circuits we deem necessary during a power outage. When we install your system, we will relocate the breakers from the main service panel into the critical load panel. When the hybrid inverter senses the grid is down, all loads on the critical load panel will still be operational. They will be powered by combination of solar energy and stored battery energy.

One option for customers who don’t want to invest in a fully operational hybrid inverter system with batteries and critical load panel, is to only install the hybrid compatible inverter. In the first years of operation the hybrid inverter will merely act as a traditional inverter. When the timing is right, the system can be upgraded to include the battery module and for rewiring a critical open.

This is a great time to be in the market for a traditional solar system or hybrid system. Prices are at an all time low and manufacturers offering hybrid systems is increasing each quarter. Feel free to call one of our sales reps from more detailed information about how we can fit a system to your needs.

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