Solar batteries are a relatively new addition to the solar energy market, but they’re an increasingly popular way to store excess energy. While they are a big investment, solar batteries are becoming more and more affordable as technology advances and market competition increases. Still, many homeowners must ask themselves if it’s really worth it to invest in solar batteries, and the answer is generally yes.
Use Solar Energy Anytime
One of the biggest obstacles homeowners encounter is the disparity between their energy use and the amount of energy produced throughout the day. Solar energy production increases and peaks at midday then decreases and stops at night. A typical home’s energy use is highest in the morning and evening but never completely stops.
Homeowners generally combat this by sending excess power into the grid and using credit to pay for electricity at night, but solar batteries can perform the same function. During the day, excess power charges the batteries for use when the solar system isn’t working. This will primarily be at night but stored excess energy can also be used on cloudy or stormy days.
Energy Independence in Power Outages
While solar batteries and grid connection provide a nearly identical function at night, power outages are a very different problem. When a power outage occurs, grid-connected solar power systems stop working despite still being able to produce electricity. This is a safety measure to keep the system from charging the grid at a time when the utility company expects it to be off and will be working to end the outage.
With solar batteries, your home can continue to use electricity even when the grid is without power. Multiple batteries can power your home for days if need be. In addition, your solar panels will continue to charge your solar batteries separately from the grid connection, providing you with undisrupted power even if everyone around you is experiencing an outage. This kind of energy independence is extremely valuable, especially since so many things can cause outages:
- Severe weather
- Vehicle accidents near power lines
- Damage from construction
- Equipment failure
- Fallen trees
- Planned outages
- Rolling blackouts
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Home solar power systems are a great way to reduce your home’s carbon footprint and save money. However, sending excess power to the grid and using the grid when needed means your home is still pulling electricity from a source with a large carbon footprint. Using solar batteries in addition to a grid connection allows your home to rely on the batteries to even out your energy production and consumption without using the grid unless it’s absolutely necessary, further reducing your home’s carbon footprint.
If these benefits are important to you, solar batteries are a worthy investment. We recommend that you use them in addition to grid connection rather than in its stead. Solar Fix is proud to offer the solar industry’s most advanced solar battery, the Tesla Powerwall.
Contact Solar Fix today to learn more about solar batteries and get an estimate for installation.