Having a rooftop solar system
with batteries can be a great advantage in emergency situations. During natural disasters the grid is often down. PV modules will provide you with energy as long as the sun shines, whatever the weather
. Not only can solar panels power your house at these harsh times, they’ll also protect your roof from winds, rain and hail.
If you decide to go solar, you should also consider how much energy-independent you want to become. With a basic grid-tie system
you draw the energy from the utility only in case of deficiency. Off-grid and hybrid systems
negate that necessity allowing to store the excess energy for later. Hybrids also give you an option to draw the power from the utility during off-peak hours or put it on the grid when the rates are the highest. If you prefer to live on your far away ranch, consider an off-grid panel system
. While extending the grid costs a fortune, solar panels are a cheap alternative to becoming powered-up and energy-independent. If you want to know more about different panel systems check out our grid-tie, off-grid and hybrid panel system comparison guide