Can I Go off the Grid with Solar Panels in Long Island?
You’ve seen the impressive environmental and financial benefits of installing solar panels in Long Island. Now you’re thinking about one of the most important questions that any homeowner can ask.
Even with smart solar solutions, your home will remain connected to the grid. Most homes in Long Island won’t have the solar capacity to provide enough power year-round. Installing a battery backup to power a family home for an extended period isn’t feasible with today’s technology.
Instead, with net metering, you can build up a credit bank on your electric bill, which will then offset any power that you do receive from the grid during the times of the year when your solar production is reduced.
There are exceptions….
Small holiday homes, beach homes with two or three rooms, or even a cabin upstate could be completely off the grid. A rooftop solar array and battery backup system are actually ideal for smaller homes that are only used at certain times of the year, or where the energy demands are much less than the average home in Long Island.