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  • Writer's pictureJaime Ventura Energy Consultant


Updated: Jul 14, 2023


Solar hybrid vs UPS

The operation of data centers is critical to the success of many companies. A power failure means: loss of important data, interruptions in customer service and damage to reputation. Therefore, it is crucial to have a reliable power system to keep critical processes running. In the past, UPS systems have been the most popular option to ensure continuous power. However, they have a significant disadvantage: they are completely dependent on the mains to charge their batteries.

With the rising cost of grid electric power and concerns regarding CO2 emissions, solar hybrid systems are gaining popularity bringing a Solar Hybrid vs UPS battle about quality and power reliability. These systems combine power from the electrical grid, with solar power generated by solar panels and long-life, reliable LiFePo4 battery banks. Solar energy is used to charge backup batteries and provide additional power during demand peaks and is also used to be “sold” to the grid. This not only reduces the cost of energy from the grid, but also reduces the carbon footprint.

A recent study by the Solar Industry Association (SEIA) found that hybrid solar systems have a faster ROI than UPS for critical applications like data centers. On average, solar hybrid systems have a 4-year ROI, while UPS have an 8-year ROI.

In terms of reliability as measured by MTBF (mean time between failures), solar hybrid systems can also outperform UPS. According to research by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), solar hybrid systems have an MTBF of about 10~15 years, while UPS have an average MTBF of about 5~7 years.

In summary, solar hybrid systems are a current and promising trend for critical processes. With the Integration Coefficient IC approach, it is possible to integrate custom systems that are more cost and energy efficient. As electricity costs continue to rise at a rate of 3% per year and solar technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, we are seeing more and more organizations adopting solar hybrid systems.

In summary, current data confirms that solar hybrid systems are a better option than UPS for critical processes in terms of cost and reliability.

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