In an ideal world (one without load shedding that is) the decision by homeowners to go green and save money would be an easy one – install grid tie only and zero your consumption.
But, in South Africa today most consumers are knee jerking and insisting on a hybrid system (with batteries) as they cannot do without power for more than 2.5 hours. Personally I think that they are then pricing themselves out of the market.
Batteries are a consumable and only last for the rated number of cycles given by the manufacturer. Batteries also add cost to a system.
What occurs now is that the consumer asks for a hybrid quote and then faints at the price.
Two main options are normally explored by consumers:
- Grid Tie Only or
It is vital that you examine your reasons for wanting to use Solar Power or equipment:
- If your main priority is not to reduce your electricity consumption but to survive load shedding using technology that is seamless and quiet then use a large solar power inverter with the number of batteries you require to continue your lifestyle. You can always add Solar Panels to it later or use that as a selling point for your