Pv Grid Tied Backup

Backup Power for Grid-Tied, Photovoltaic (PV) Panels in Solar Systems, Solar Energy PV Panels, Photovoltaics, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Alternative Energies, Solar, Wind, Geothermal, DFW, Dallas Fort Worth North Texas North Central Texas Photovoltaics: PV Solar Systems

BackupPower for Grid-Tied Solar SystemsRenewable,Alternative Energy for Green Homesand Businesses

Home Contact Consult Solar Electricity Solar Hot Water Solar Pool Heating Water

News of Renewable & Alternative Energy 972 251-1532 817 443-2553

Join our email list here.

Renewable Energy Directory Economics Electricity EnergyEfficientGlossarySolar Electric Solar Thermal Solar Pool HeatTexas Energy Water WindConsulting HistoryInsolation Introduction News

Do you need this?

Whether you actually need backup power for a grid-tied system is a personal decision each family makes.

If power outages in your area are infrequent or of short duration, you probably do not need backup. You may still want backup, though.

However, if you live in an area of frequent or long outages, it is certainly worth considering.

You basically have three choices for backup power:

1. Battery bank 2. Fossil fuel generator 3. Wind turbine–only viable for some

Some grid-tied systems add batteries to store electricity for utility outages. Battery back-ups add considerable cost to your system and also make it more complicated to install and maintain.

Other grid-tied systems include a fossil fuel generator for backup power during times of utility outage. Generators are cost effective and produce alternating current so that current need not be converted before you can use it.

Probably no one wants a fossil-fuel generator with a renewable energy system. However, some argue that the generator is at least as environmentally friendly, if not more so, than batteries. Regardless, that is a decision you must make.

If you have the space, the correct location, and the wind velocity, a wind generator can be used in tandem with any solar system. At this time, a rural location and/or large properties are usually more suitable for generation of electricity by wind than the normal urban lot.


Generators are cost effective and generally considered at least as environmentally friendly as batteries. Using batteries as backup power makes the system unnecessarily complex, less efficient, and substantially more expensive.

If long outages are common, you might need a generator anyway. If you are on the grid and have a generator, batteries are superfluous and expensive additions.

Wind turbines can be operated in tandem with grid-tied solar systems under certain conditions.

Back to Solar Power Directory

For further information about Renewable Energy or this area of Texas contact

Terry Jensen 972 251-1532 or 817 443-2553 Email

Renewable Energy & Green ServicesConsulting

Join our email list here.

Green & Renewable Energy 972 251-1532 or 817 433-2553

Sunrise SolarCertified Solar Installers972 251-1532817 545-0140

Renewable Energy HomeDFW Green BuildingDFW Green Remodeling Energy Consulting

Home Contact Consult Solar

You might also like More from author