Solar Options Hybrid Systems

Many grid-connected customers are now opting for a hybrid system – a conventional solar installation with a battery back-up capability. A small storage capacity can allow you to save excess power to use when the sun doesn’t shine.

It is also possible to give you an uninterrupted power supply when there is a grid blackout. The stored power is available and the system allows the inverter and panels to continue operating independently from the grid.

Whether it be simply to combat black-outs in our increasingly unstable supply environment, to save money by utilising your generated power, and/or to be as self sufficient as possible. We can design a suitable system for your needs.

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Photovoltaic panels

Solar Options uses the best grade A, tier 1 mono crystalline Photovoltaic panels available.

Solar photovoltaic panels generate Direct Current (DC) electricity when exposed to light, but for most applications, the electricity needs to be converted to Alternating Current (AC). It can then be used to power AC appliances or interface with the electricity grid. This requires an inverter.

To operate at optimum efficiency, the panels have to be connected in certain configurations to match the input voltage requirements of the inverter. The panels need to be attached to the roof of the building or ground mounted with purpose built railing equipment.

Storage and batteries

The age of Solar Storage or Solar Battery Systems, is finally upon us.

While our off-grid rural customers have long been aware of the challenges and expense of storage batteries, there have now been developments that make batteries more viable for grid-connected consumers. The new generation of lead carbon and lithium batteries are changing the formulas dramatically. They provide more usable power, more recharges and last much longer than conventional lead-acid batteries. Like most new technology, batteries are steadily becoming less expensive.

Inverters

The inverter charges the Direct Current power from the batteries to the Alternative Current power, which can then be used to run household appliances. The size of the inverter depends on the power usage of the customer. Inverters also protect the battery bank by shutting down if batteries do not have enough charge. If a back up generator is used the inverter can be set to automatically start the generator to boost the charge in the batteries.

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