Modern hybrid systems combine solar and battery storage in one and are now available in many different forms and configurations. Due to the decreasing cost of battery storage, systems that are already connected to the electricity grid can start taking advantage of battery storage as well. This means being able to store solar energy that is generated during the day and using it at night. When the stored energy is depleted, the grid is there as a back up, allowing consumers to have the best of both worlds. Hybrid systems are also able to charge the batteries using cheap off-peak electricity (usually after midnight to 6am).
Equipment for Hybrid Solar Systems:
+ Solar panels
+ Battery bank
+ The meter and electricity grid
How Does It Work?
A hybrid solar system remains connected to the grid and uses solar batteries to store excess solar power for when it is needed, such as in the evening or on a rainy day.In a hybrid solar system, solar power is first fed into the home, and then excess solar power is used to charge the batteries during the daytime generating period. Power from the batteries is then used at night when the solar system has turned off.