What is a solar battery and how it works
Reasons to install a solar battery with your system
How does it protect your home from power outages
Solar batteries on-grid VS off-grid
We have been mentioning solar batteries for a minute now, but let us take a closer look.
We are going to break it all down for you in this blog.
Is having a $0 electric bill, power consistency during the power outages and natural disasters, and energy independence things you are looking for? Then, a solar battery is your friend!
A solar battery is a device that you can add to your solar power system to store the excess electricity generated by your solar panels. Meaning just like any other battery, a solar battery stores energy to use at a later time, for example when your solar panels don't generate enough electricity, including nights, cloudy days, and during power outages.
The point of a solar battery is to help solar owners use more of the solar energy the panels are generating throughout the day. If you do not have battery storage, any excess electricity from solar power goes to the grid through the net metering process, which means you are generating power and providing it to other people without taking full advantage of the electricity your panels create first.
Despite solar batteries being costly, they are worth the purchase!
Solar batteries is dependent on the panels and inverter within the solar system, because as long as the panels are collecting energy and the inverter is converting the energy to usable power, then the battery will take the excess energy and store it.
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Before fully deciding on adding a solar battery to your system, it is best to know the different types of batteries that are available to learn which suits your home/office needs better.
The two most common types of solar panel batteries Lead acid batteries and Lithium ion batteries. They are both great choices and will elevate your system and increase its efficiency.
Nevertheless, let us learn more about them!
LEAD ACID BATTERIES:
Lead acid batteries are extremely common as they are the most cost effective energy storage option available in the market with high reliable quality. Lead acid batteries has been around for years, and can be disposed of and recycled making them environmentally friendly.
The issue when it comes to lead acid batteries, which can act as a drawback, is the fact that they require regular maintenance to operate correctly and stay highly efficient.
Lead acid batteries are more suitable for off-grid solar systems, or for emergency backup storage in case of a power outage.
LITHIUM ION BATTERIES:
Lithium ion batteries are the more pricey energy storage option available, but they last a lot longer than lead acid batteries, making them more cost effective on the long run. Not only that, but lithium ion batteries stand out due to the fact that they require almost no regular maintenance and can hold more energy in a smaller space than a lead acid battery can.
The drawback when it comes to lithium ion batteries is that because of their chemistry they have a higher chance of catching fire due to something called thermal runaway; however, if the battery was properly installed then the chance of your lithium ion battery catching fire is close to zero. This is why you need to make sure you work with a solar installer than are knowledgeable in their field.
Lithium ion batteries are the best choice for residential solar installations because they can hold more power in a limited space, and allow you use all of the clean and green energy stored within it.
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Considering adding a solar storage battery to your system can be a big decision. We cannot deny the fact the cost of adding a solar storage battery to your system is not cheap and adds to the price tag of your initial solar investment; however, it is a great investment for your home’s protect, especially during power outages and natural disasters it will keep your home powered.
Homeowners install a solar battery within their system for four main reasons. Let us break them down.
You can keep your lights on during a blackout!
When you install a solar battery, you do not have to rely as much on your utility. This is great news, especially if you live in an area that experiences frequent blackouts. A solar battery will keep your lights on and your phones charged - even when your neighbors’ power is out.
Not only that, but now with the upcoming hurricane season it is best to be prepared and protect your home and family.
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If your main reason to install a solar panel system is to protect the environment and help reverse climate change then a solar battery is for you!
When installing a battery to your system, you get to use all the clean energy being generated by the panels instead of having to pull non-renewable energy from the grid. Having a battery means, your home is running on clean, green energy almost at all times.
One of the main reasons solar owners consider adding a solar battery is to save on electricity costs by reducing your electric bill by more than 40% monthly. If the size of your solar battery was large enough and you went off the grid and disconnected from the utility company, then your electric bill can drop down to zero!
Solar panels are a great way for anyone with generators to cut down their noise pollution. Unlike generators, solar panels and battery storage systems do not create noise pollution that will bother you and your neighbors.
These are just some of the reasons why you should consider a solar battery! Let our qualified solar specialists help you figure out your battery needs during the consultation we offer you!
Who does not want to save money?
If you are considering investing in a solar battery storage, then there are incentives and rebates available that can help lower your costs. If a homeowner installs both a solar PV system and a solar battery, the savings and tax incentive policies do extend to cover the battery! A solar battery is covered under the solar federal tax credit, as well as many other statewide solar rebates and state incentives.
The battery technology affects how long a solar battery lasts. The functional life of a solar battery typically lasts five to fifteen years. If your solar panel system has a 25-year lifespan, installing a solar battery today probably means you will have to replace it at least once.
Temperature. That is why the primary factor that will impact how long your batteries will last is proper storage in a reasonably cool location. The battery’s temperature profoundly affects the lifespan of a solar battery backup, so it is crucial to ensure that the enclosure is maintained correctly, there is proper cooling to reduce heat, and protection from freezing temperatures.
It depends on a variety of variables, including how much energy your household consumes in a given day, the capacity and power rating of your solar battery, what loads your battery will help support, and whether or not you are connected to the electrical grid. A battery should be sized to run your home for multiple days, even if your solar panels are not producing energy.