Grid-Tied Solar Systems Explained

Solar panels on the roof of a building.

There are several different types of solar systems you can install, but the most cost-effective solar solution is installing a grid-tied solar system. What is a grid-tied solar system? A grid-tied solar system is simply a solar system that is connected to the utility power grid.

Connecting to the grid has many benefits. The primary benefit is it helps you save money. It allows you to utilize net metering, along with having lower solar equipment and installation costs compared to off-grid or hybrid systems.

Your solar panels will often generate more electricity than what you are capable of consuming. With net metering, homeowners can put this excess electricity onto the utility grid instead of storing it themselves with batteries. You are essentially using the grid as your battery in this case, without the need for maintenance or costly replacements experienced with battery systems. In many cases, depending on your utility, you can “bank” the excess you produce and use it during lower producing months.