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Exploring the Types of Rooftop Solar Systems

In 2024, discussions on climate change and sustainable forms of energy are increasing day by day. The Prime Minister unveiled a groundbreaking scheme named Pradhan Mantri Suryoday Yojana which is aimed at increasing the installation of rooftop solar systems throughout the country. This scheme marks a big progress in the utilization of renewable energy resources and will decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. This blog will explore the different types of rooftop solar systems that homeowners and businesses can install and apply for in this new scheme.

There are three types of rooftop solar systems: on-grid (grid-tied) solar systems, off-grid solar systems, and hybrid solar systems.

Grid-Tied Solar Systems

Grid-tied solar systems are the most common type of rooftop solar system. These systems are tied to the local utility grid, enabling seamless transfer of power between the grid and the system. For example, when solar panels are inefficient (during the night or on cloudy days), they can drive power through the grid, and the surplus electricity generated from the solar panels can also be diverted back into the grid. Under the net metering schemes, they also earn credits or compensation from the utility company.

Off-Grid Solar Systems

Off-grid solar systems are also a type of rooftop solar system. These systems work separately from the utility grid, and they are normally used in remote areas with limited access or no excess to the grid. These systems use batteries to store the surplus energy produced during the day, which they use when there is low light. Non-grid systems frequently include backup generators or alternative backup power resources to provide uninterrupted electricity, especially in times of long stretches of bad weather.

Hybrid Solar Systems

Hybrid solar systems incorporate the advantages of both on-grid and off-grid systems by allowing for grid connection as well as off-grid operation. These systems integrate battery storage to store excess energy for future usage, thereby limiting the reliance on grids during peak demand hours or in areas with an unreliable grid supply. Hybrid systems can act as backup power generators when the grid is down; therefore, there are no blackouts.


In 2024, the Pradhan Mantri Suryoday Yojana, launched by the Prime Minister, will give a great boost to rooftop solar installations across the country. Making use of on-grid, off-grid, and hybrid systems, rooftop solar systems have many different types that can be used to meet the various needs of homeowners and businesses. By adopting rooftop solar technology, people and establishments can not only cut down on their carbon emissions but also be part of creating a sustainable and resilient energy system for the next generation.

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