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MYTH BUSTER ALERT: YOU DON’T NEED BATTERIES TO GO SOLAR

The old way of doing solar and the 2020 way of doing solar

 

The never-ending question about batteries

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Long, long ago, when solar was in its earlier days, most of the solar panel systems operated with batteries for purposes of storage. Through the years, solar has evolved. More recent technologies were developed. The Grid Tie Solar was born.

 

Grid Tie

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The grid tie is the most popular and most commonly installed solar panel system in the Philippines, but it is also the most commonly misunderstood. The name speaks for itself. Grid Tie means the solar system is “tied” to the grid. It works together, tied to each other, like partners. In a grid tie solar system, the solar panel system is interconnected with the electrical grid (Meralco).

 

What happens when you have a grid tie system

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During the daytime when the sun is shining, the first priority power of the house will be solar. The house will get its power from the solar panels. If the power that the solar provides is still not enough, then that is the only time that power will be taken from the electrical grid. When there is no sun (such as night time), then the system uses electricity from the grid.

 

Reversing the situation

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When solar cannot provide enough power from the panels for the entire house, then the system gets the power from the grid. Now let’s say the situation was reversed. What if the solar produces so much power, more power than the house can consume? What happens to all the excess power? In such cases, if the home is registered for the Net Metering program of the utility company, then all that excess power can be “exported” or fed to the grid. What that means is all the excess power is “sold” to the utility company. With a grid tie system and with net metering, a house is likely to offset its nighttime power consumption with its daytime export. The result is a drastically reduced electric bill.

 

Going back to the myth

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The answer is a simple, straightforward, hard NO. Going solar does not mean you need to get batteries. You only need batteries if you want to “store” energy, or if there is a need to do energy storage. This is typically a necessity in areas where there is no grid power, or areas commonly referred to as power-starved areas. In such cases, then the Grid Tie option is not possible (because there is no grid to tie to), and therefore the battery solutions are more ideal.

 

Turning on the sun

At Solaric, we appeal to Filipino sensibilities of approachability, service and value. Before we give a quotation, we learn how you use energy. We determine the best ways to maximize your return on a hard-earned investment. We present different strategies to ensure that you achieve your solar goals. We want to ensure reduced expenses and increased savings so that you make that one-time wise business and environmental investment. We always do our best to deliver fast, efficient, and thorough customer service. We are in the business of not just selling solar panels – but also enabling solar-powered lifestyles. With this, we want to provide endless satisfaction by delivering Solaric Service Satisfaction, ranging from permanent reduction of electric bills to the ultimate ZERO bill.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Backed by decades of experience, Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. We want every Filipino to enjoy the benefits of clean and renewable power. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

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