Hybrid Solar Inverter.

Solar hybrid inverter generate electricity in the same way as a usual solar gridtied system but use batteries to store energy for future uses. This energy storage capability allows most hybrid systems to function as a backup power supply, similar to a UPS system, during a blackout.

For new solar users see our article on how Hybrid solar system works here.
The term hybrid traditionally refers to two generation sources, such as wind and solar, but more recently the term hybrid solar refers to a combination of solar and battery storage which, in contrast to off-grid systems, is connected to the power grid.

Why should solar energy be stored in a battery?

Many electricity companies and private network operators have reduced the solar power feedin tariff (money and credit received for the grid supply of solar power). This means that traditional grid-fed solar systems have become less attractive, as most people work during the day and do not use solar energy as it is generated at home.
A solar hybrid system stores your excess solar energy and can also supply blackout power. This is perfect for homeowners, although a common grid-feed solar system is still the most economical choice for most businesses that operate during daylight hours.
The ability to store and use your solar energy is called self-use or self-consumption if desired. It works in the same way as an off-grid power system, but the battery capacity required is much less, usually only enough to cover peak consumption (8 hours or less) than a typical off-grid system (3 - 5 days).

Solar Hybrid System Advantages.

  • Store low cost (off-peak) or solar electricity. 
  • Allows the use of solar energy (self-use or load shifting) during peak times. 
  • Power for grid outage or blackout–UPS function. 
  • Enables advanced management of energy (e.g. Shaving peak). 
  • Enables independence of energy. Reduces grid electricity consumption (reduced demand). 

Solar Hybrid System Disadvantages.

  • Higher costs than solar grid feed. Mainly due to the high battery costs. 
  • Installation more complex requires more space and higher installation costs.
  • Life of battery 7 - 15 years.
  • You can limit the number of devices you can run simultaneously (depending on the type of hybrid inverter and its capability).

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