If you are a home owner with a solar system installed, you probably understand the benefits that come with using solar energy. From reduced energy costs to government subsidies, there are numerous benefits to solar energy. However, you might be wondering if you can make your solar energy system even better by purchasing and installing a solar battery unit. In this article, we explain to you the pros and cons of having a solar battery and the factors that you should consider when making a decision on whether to buy one or not.
What Are Solar Batteries?
Solar batteries are energy storage units that help a homeowner bridge the gap between the time energy is generated and the time energy is consumed. Solar batteries have been around for a while and have evolved with the changing demands of homeowners. Initially, they were bulky and therefore were mostly installed outdoors. Today, there are not only varying technologies to choose from but most come in sleek and compact packages that seamlessly blend into the home décor. Regardless of the technology, solar batteries work by converting the direct current (DC) energy produced by your solar panels to Alternating Current (AC) and storing it for future use.
What Types of Solar Batteries Exist?
As mentioned, there are varying types of solar batteries. The industry gold standard is the Lithium Ion battery which is the same technology that is found in hybrid and electric automobiles. Other solar battery technologies include flow batteries that use a liquid electrolyte and salt-water battery technology. All these options come with pros and cons to them and the decision to go for one over the other is typically based on costs, homeowner power usage patterns among other factors. When considering which way to go, it helps to talk to an expert and get your home energy needs and patterns evaluated.
Advantages of Having a Solar Battery
Solar batteries are great for storing excess energy generated by your solar system and they allow you to tap into it when you need more energy or when production is low such as after dark. Home owners who use a combination of grid and solar energy are also able to take advantage of differential rates at different times of the day to keep their energy bills down. Taping into the stored energy during peak grid hours means lower energy bills. Lastly, in the event of a power blackout, especially at night, homeowners with solar batteries can fall back to their stored energy thus minimizing disruptions from power outages.
Need a Solar Battery Installed? Talk To Us Today
At GenRenew, we have years of experience in providing energy solutions to homeowners. We combine this expertise with a customer-centric approach to ensure that you get solar solutions that are perfectly tailored to meet your needs. We typically will conduct an assessment of your home and your energy usage patterns in order to ensure that we meet all your needs. At GenRenew, we understand that each home is different. For all solar solutions including installation and maintenance of solar batteries, give us a call today for an assessment and a quote.