Solar System Types

How to set up your solar energy system
and it's various photovoltaic components
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Solar system types.Different types of solar power systems require different photovoltaic equipment along with varying orders of the pv components.

There are 4 different solar system types that we will be explaining and illustrating on this page:

  1. Portable Solar System
  2. Grid-Intertied Solar System
  3. Grid-Intertied Solar System with Battery Backup
  4. Off-Grid Solar System

Each of these types of solar systems contains specific photovoltaic components that make up it's structure. You can learn more about what each of these energy systems does by going to the Photovoltaic Components section of this website.

To create any of the solar power systems listed below yourself, you must buy the necessary solar components and put them in the order specified.

Please note that in every example below, the size of your solar panel array and battery bank depends on the specific arrangement you choose in the Wiring Solar Panels section of our website.


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Types of Solar Energy Systems

Portable Solar System

The portable solar power system shown below would typically be used in the outdoors, in campers, rvs, trailers or even in your backyard. Of all the solar system types this is the smallest.

Since you would normally use only one panel with a portable system, it obviously won't power your entire house, but these types of solar systems will allow you to power individual appliances like tvs, laptops, refrigerators and radios using the power of the sun. If you want to, you can add more panels to this system for more power. You can learn more about how to connect solar panels together by clicking here to go to the Wiring Solar Panels section of our website.

To put this solar power system together, you would have to build (or buy) a solar panel, purchase the individual photovoltaic components needed and hook everything up as shown below.

Portable types of solar energy systems.

Click here to learn more about Portable Solar Systems.



Grid-Tied Solar Energy System

Grid tied solar systems are used if you are still going to be getting some of your electricity from your power company. Of all the solar energy systems, this is the one that is most economical.

In fact with these types of solar power systems, if you make more electricity than you use (and your house meter starts turning in reserve), you can get credited for the surplus power by your power company.

Please consult your power company or the appropriate regulatory agency in your area for the details, rules and regulations regarding connecting to your AC breaker panel and feeding power back into the grid.

To put this solar energy system together, you would have to build (or buy) solar panel(s), purchase the individual photovoltaic components needed and hook everything up as shown below.

Grid tied solar power systems.

Click here to learn more about Grid Tied Solar Systems.


Grid-Tied Solar System + Battery Bank as Backup

The Grid Tied with Battery solar power system would be used if you wanted to be able to use solar power, while relying on your power company for some of your electricity, however you also wanted a battery bank as a back up so you can store power in it and thus buy as little electricity from the electric company as possible. Of all the solar system types this is the one that is most practical.

These types of solar power systems are also ideal for emergency use, use during maintenance of your system or on a day with little or no sun light (or at night).

Please consult your power company or the appropriate regulatory agency in your area for the details, rules and regulations regarding connecting to your AC breaker panel and feeding power back into the grid.

To put this solar power system together, you would have to build (or buy) solar panel(s), purchase the individual photovoltaic components needed and hook everything up as shown below.

Grid tied solar system with battery
Types of solar systems

Click here to learn more about Grid Tied with Battery Solar Systems.


Off-Grid Solar Energy Systems

The off grid solar power system shown below would be used if you wanted to go completely off the utility grid. This means you would make all your own power and not rely on your local power company for any electricity at all. Of all the solar system types this one is the most independent.

These types of solar energy systems often use a generator to insure that the battery bank can always be charged even when it's not sunny.

To put this solar system together, you would have to build (or buy) solar panel(s), purchase the individual photovoltaic components needed and hook everything up as shown below.

Off grid solar system
Kinds of solar systems.

Click here to learn more about Off Grid Solar Power.


Regardless of which one of the solar energy systems you choose to implement, you're going to need to set it up and make sure it's all working correctly. We get into this subject next.

Now that you are familiar with the solar system types, click here to go to the next section of this website: Solar Power Installation


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