The different types of solar panels and which one is best for you

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Between solar panels, recycling, and maybe even becoming a vegan, being an earth warrior can be exhausting. Yoder Plumbing just wants to say, “We see you, little earth warrior,” and we appreciate your efforts.

That’s why we are dedicated to helping you. As the world shifts towards sustainable solutions, solar panels have become the obvious choice for generating electricity.

This would be easy if there were only one kind of solar panel. But with so many different types on the market, it can be overwhelming to know which one is best for your specific needs.

In this blog post, we’ll break down the various types of solar panels available and their pros and cons. That way, you can make the choice that is best for you. So sit back, relax, and let us do the heavy lifting. 

Hybrid Solar Panels: Combining Multiple Technologies

Typically, a homeowner has two options to consider: on-grid and off-grid solar energy systems. Both of these systems have their own pros and cons, depending on where you live.

Connecting your solar panels to the electricity grid while also using a battery bank to store any energy you generate in excess creates a hybrid solar energy system.

Some of the pros of this are:

A constant flow of electricity: let’s call hybrid systems “old reliable” because they are very unlikely to fail. This is because the batteries connected to the system store energy. This means that during a power outage, the battery will provide you with backup energy.

Low maintenance: your solar system is supposed to take care of you, not the other way around. That is why having a hybrid is so convenient. It’s crazy low maintenance. So you get to brag to your friends about saving the planet while saving money in the process.

We know what you are thinking right now. This is it! Hybrid is the solution to all your problems. And while it is amazing, there are some cons:

High installation costs: while the maintenance is low, the initial investment for a hybrid solar energy system can be quite pricey.

Less battery: the batteries connected to the system are often exposed to the elements, giving them a shorter lifespan. This is less of a challenge if you let Yoder Electric choose the best location for your system.

Off Grid Solar

If you are still unsure about a hybrid solar system, then you are in luck! We said we would give you options, and that is what we provided.

Homeowners who install off-grid solar panels can reduce their reliance on the utility company while also saving the planet.

Here are just a few of the benefits:

Energy independence: obviously, saving the planet is the first plus for this kind of system. But besides that, the greatest benefit is the independence you gain. That independence brings us to the next pro.

Say goodbye to power issues: power outages are a thing of the past as you become a self-reliant powerhouse. As long as you have sun, you have energy; that is the deal with an off-grid system.

Here’s where we burst your bubble. Yes, there are cons to this system too.

Limited energy storage: you’ll quickly realize that your solar batteries can only contain so much energy. This can be a bummer if you live in a place with very little sunlight.

High initial investment: look, the reality is that solar energy costs money. And if your dream is to be free of utility companies, you are going to have to shell out a couple hundred dollars. Trust us, it is worth it in the long run.

Yoder Electric

This blog post may have gone over your head. If you don’t feel like we made your life easier, just give us a call.

Not only will we help you make the right choice, but we will also take care of installation and maintenance too. It’s time to up your sustainability game.

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