An off-grid solar system, also known as a standalone solar power system, is a solar energy system that is completely separated from the electricity grid. Apart from solar panels, off-grid solar systems usually incorporate additional means of energy generation in the form of a diesel generator and also sometimes a wind generator. Before the advent of grid connected solar power systems, standalone solar systems were commonly referred to as solar hybrid systems, due to them having multiple sources of energy supply. A battery bank is almost always included in an off-grid solar system, in order to store and use excess solar energy for loads that are needed when there is insufficient sunlight. For further information see our Off-grid Solar page.