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What kind of solar energy system do you need?

System Types

There are three primary types of solar energy systems.


  • The most common type of solar electric system
  • Constantly monitoring power usage with a net-meter
  • Set up to send power out to the grid as well as take power from the grid
  • Ideal for residential and commercial applications

Grid-tied with Battery Backup

  • Similar to having a generator attached to your solar array
  • Able to sustain your household for a period of time without drawing energy from the grid
  • Operational if the grid goes down
  • Likely to be more costly due to the added battery hardware



  • Ideal for those who do not have access to a utility provider
  • Carefully configured to provide the power you need from batteries
  • More expensive for the installation, may be less expensive than connecting to a grid
  • Ideal for remote locations


Find your local Lighthouse Solar office to talk to a solar expert about the perfect solar electric system solution for your property.