What Is a Residential Solar System?
Residential solar systems, also known as grid tie or grid-tied solar systems, connect to the utility grid, meaning electricity can flow freely from your system to the grid and from the grid to your home. Since grid access means you have access to all the electricity you need during times of low solar production, there's less of a need for a large energy storage system. For this reason, residential systems typically cost significantly less than off-grid systems.
Most states offer net metering programs that allow you to trade excess energy generated during peak hours for credits toward your electric bill. If you can enroll in one of these programs, you may consider using this to offset your bill rather than investing in solar batteries.
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What Goes Into a Residential Solar System?
Here are the components you'll find in our residential solar system kits:
Solartap bundles components from the best names in solar — including Q CELLS, REC Solar, Panasonic, and more — to curate residential solar systems guaranteed to perform and last.
To convert your solar panels' direct current into a usable alternating current, you'll also need an inverter system. We partner with trusted brands like Enphase and Sol-Ark to deliver the best microinverters and hybrid inverters on the market.
Your panels need to stay put, even in harsh weather conditions, which is where racking equipment comes in. While most residential solar panels are racked onto the owner's roof, we provide equipment for both ground- and roof-mounting your panels so that you can choose the setup that works best for your property.
Solar energy can't travel through thin air — you need wires to direct the current generated by your solar panels to your inverters, and then to your batteries and appliances. Our kits come equipped with all the wiring components you need to get your system connected and operational.
With a grid-tied solar system, batteries aren't a necessity, but they're recommended if you want backup energy for the occasional power outage or to save money on electricity during a longer-than-average bout of overcast weather. Our Enphase and BigBattery energy storage systems will keep you powered on through outages and periods of low solar production.