Types of Solar Power Plants: Choose Which Suits You the Best

June 13, 2019by absrenewpower


Type of solar power plants
Power plant using renewable solar energy

Everyone these days is familiar with the benefits of going solar and its significance as the most abundant source of energy, let’s understand the major types of Solar PV Systems.

There are three main types of Solar PV systems; On-Grid, Off-Grid, and Hybrid. Let us have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type of system.

1. Off-Grid Systems

As the name suggests, this system is independent of utility grids (discomms) and stores all the unused additional power in battery banks. It is commonly installed in areas that have frequent power outage or low sunlight. The battery banks provide backup power during such hours.

Off-Grid Systems


  • Independent from the power provided by the utility company
  • Cheaper alternative than extending grid in remote areas
  • A solution to regular power cuts
  • Purchase battery as per your requirement


  • It is more expensive than On-Grid systems as batteries are expensive to replace.
  • Batteries have limited life and require maintenance
  • Requires more components than On-Grid systems

2. On-Grid Systems

This is the most popular Solar PV system mainly installed in residential, industrial and business areas that have regular power supply from the utility grid. Excess energy is sent to the utility grid for which you either get credited to your electricity bill or paid depending on the state laws.

On-Grid Systems


  • Cheapest Solar PV system, since it requires the lowest no of components for setup
  • Lowest maintenance costs
  • Exchange excess energy with the utility grid
  • Reduce the burden of high tariff electricity bills, year on year tariff increase (avg. 2%)
  • Can be upgraded to a Hybrid Solar PV system
  • Higher efficiency than Off-Grid systems since it is grid dependent


  • Does not have a backup for electricity outage
  • Since it is dependent on the utility grid there is no power during an outage


3. Hybrid Systems

As the name suggests, this type of system is a combination of both on-grid and off-grid systems where the system is connected to the grid and also has a battery backup. It is installed in areas that cannot depend on their electricity providers and require a backup during inconsistent power cuts.

Hybrid Systems


  • Eliminates the possibility of having no power
  • Extra energy is exchanged with the utility company
  • Battery setup is based on requirements


  • More expensive than on-grid Solar PV Systems.
  • Batteries will require maintenance as they have a limited life


Why ABS Renew Power?

At ABS Renew Power, our vision is to provide the best solar solutions and deliver it with the utmost satisfaction to our customers. With extensive experience in the industry, we have completed multiple projects in residential, institutional and commercial areas. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization, we assure you of the best system and service quality. Join us in going solar with ABS.