Hybrid vs Off-Grid?
With a hybrid battery solution, you remain connected to the grid. You use your solar panels during the day, draw down from your battery system overnight and have the grid as your backup if your panels and batteries don’t provides sufficient power to cover your consumption. 95% of customers in metropolitan areas will opt for this solution because hybrid systems are so much cheaper than off-grid systems.
As the name suggests, with off-grid systems, you are not connected to the grid. You use your solar panels during the day, draw down on your (larger) battery system when required and usually have a diesel or petrol generator as your backup.
You can choose to go completely off–grid (usually a minimum of $45,000), but this is generally only advisable if:
- you’re building a new home in a regional area and it’s going to cost you as much or more to install the poles and wires to your home as it is to install an off-grid system
- you get regular blackouts and/or brownouts
- you want to be 100% self-sufficient as far as your energy needs are concerned