What are the different types of solar?

Solar, also known as photovoltaic (PV) cells, is not a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, there are four:

Direct PV is simply a solar panel connected to a DC device. Think a solar-powered attic fan that is not connected to your building wiring or the utility grid. The fan operates only when the sun shines. 

Off-grid PV with batteries is used to power millions of homes and electrical devices around the world that do not have utility power. The batteries, designed to be charged and discharged for many years, store energy to provide autonomous power at night and on cloudy days. 

On-grid PV with batteries operates similar to off-grid with batteries except the battery-stored energy provides emergency power during grid power outages. 

On-grid PV system without batteries is the most popular (and practical) urban and suburban solar solution because of its lower initial cost and trouble-free operation. It also offsets costly and polluting grid energy.

Which solar works best for my needs?

The easiest way to find out is to answer these simple questions below. If your residence is a good fit, great! You can count on SVE to help you select the best option to suit your particular needs. As part of our philosophy of “educating, not selling” we will help:

  • Assess your options, budget & timeline

  • Perform a comprehensive solar site energy survey with you

  • Show you cost analysis comparisons over time

  • Guide you in designing the best customized solution

  • Make the solar installation process easy

  • Answer questions every step of the way

  • Celebrate your greener, smarter, less expensive and more independent choice

If your residence is not a good candidate for solar, don’t worry. We will help you come up with the best possible energy solution for your current circumstances.

Find out more

For more information on solar and how Southern View Energy is different from other solar installers, watch our video here or go to Solar 101. We’d also love to chat about your solar needs and questions. Call 678.833.5191, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below.

Is solar right for me?

Answer these simple questions and find out. It may change your life for the better.

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