WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SOLAR SYSTEM DURING A BROWNOUT?

  • 03/27/2020
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  • By Sean Si
Solar on a home's rooftop

With the impending summer months, the demand for power will be at an all-time high, especially now that people are ordered to stay at home during the enhanced community quarantine. What happens to your solar system during brownouts?

 

Grid tie solar is not a backup

Grid tie solar rooftop

A grid tie system is interconnected to the utility grid. It does not have batteries, which means your solar system does not provide any backup power even if the sun is up and shining during a “brownout”. During brownouts or power outages, the grid tie inverter shuts down automatically and immediately when it detects that there is no power from the grid. This is mandated and required by law to protect the utility linemen that may be working on a knocked down line in your area to restore power during an outage. Once everything is back to normal and the power comes back on, the inverter will automatically turn on and operate again normally.

 

Batteries

Solar batteries

There are clients who want energy security during dire times. For such clients, there is also an option to install and integrate batteries into your solar system. These systems with batteries are usually recommended for power-starved areas or areas with unreliable and unstable grid power. Solaric can design, customize, and build an off-grid system or hybrid system for you. This is a battery-based solution in which you can store power in your batteries and use it when needed.

 

Hybrids

Solar batteries

The hybrid system is a combination of a grid tie and an off-grid system. With a hybrid system, your critical loads on your “emergency panel” will automatically run from solar and batteries. This happens not only during power outages but all day every day. This is when you need the balance of energy savings and security provided by batteries.

For purposes of crisis management, Solaric typically recommends the emergency panel or critical loads to run what is referred to as “LFRC”. What is LFRC? Lights, Fans, Refrigerator, Computer. That is what we tag as essential in times of disaster.

 

Generators

Townhouses with solar panels

For homes that installed solar with pre-existing generators, make sure that your contractor tapped the solar on the line side or upstream of the manual or automatic transfer switch, because you do not want the generator and the solar to work at the same time without specialized controls.

On the other hand, if you are installing a generator after you already installed your Solaric system, make sure the solar is shut down and isolated before operating your generator. If you have questions or if you are uncertain, please feel free to reach out to our Solaric Customer Service and Solaric Engineers to assist you on this technical matter.

 

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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We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

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