What is a Grid Tied Solar System?

At Harvest Sun Solar, we want to do more than just install solar systems for Martha’s Vineyard residents; we also want to educate them. The grid tied solar system is one of the most popular options for solar power, but many people don’t understand what that is or how it works. We’re here to help explain exactly what a solar power grid tie system is and how it can benefit you. 


A grid tied solar system is, as the name implies, a system that is connected to your existing grid. It still turns solar energy into power for your home, but offers a number of extra advantages by being hooked into your local system. 

How Does a Solar Power Grid Tie Work?

In a grid tied solar system, you’ll have your solar panels tied directly into your existing grid, which acts as a part of the overall system. Your panels will focus on powering your home first; then, any extra energy is fed back into the grid. Your utility company will pay close attention to how much energy your system is putting back into your grid. Then, they’ll pay you for however much extra energy you put back into the system. 

What Are the Benefits of a Grid Tie System?

Not everyone chooses to have a grid tied solar system; using an off-grid system is certainly a viable possibility. However, there are a number of advantages to having a grid tie system, including:   
  • Earn Back Money: Of course, one of the most obvious benefits of a grid tied system is that you’ll make some extra money from your panels. Generally speaking, your solar panels will make far more energy than you’ll use in a day. By sending it back to the grid, you can make sure that energy doesn’t go to waste and make a little extra money. 
  • Access to Backup Power: While solar panels do use renewable energy, there may still be times when you find yourself without power. By being tied to the grid, you have access to any extra power it may have, which means you have to worry less about not having the electricity you need. 
  • Low Maintenance: Grid tied systems are incredibly low maintenance. Once installed, you don’t have to worry much about trying to keep them in good condition; you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the benefits. 
In addition, you get all of the general advantages of solar power, including protection against rising utility prices, tax credit, and, of course, investing in green energy.    At Harvest Sun Solar, we’re ready to help Martha’s Vineyard residents install their grid tied solar system. Just give us a call today for more information.   For information on battery backups, please see our Solar Battery Backup Near Martha’s Vineyard, MA page.

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