Solar batteries help collect electricity from your solar panels during the day and store it for use overnight or on cloudy days. While solar batteries are a substantial investment, they’re becoming more and more popular with homeowners due to their numerous benefits. Today, we’ll discuss some positives associated with solar batteries so you can weigh these factors when deciding whether to install them with your solar panels.
Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells that generate electricity when exposed to sunlight. In most cases, a home solar system is connected directly to the home’s electrical panels, and excess electricity generated by solar panels is sent back to the grid. From there, it can be used by other homes in the area. There is no difference between this electricity and electricity bought from your utility company. Instead of just sending excess solar electricity back to the grid (which you may or may not benefit from depending on you area’s net metering policies), you can instead store that energy by connecting a solar battery to your panel system. This stored solar electricity will then be available to use later in the day or at night when your solar panels aren’t producing enough electricity to meet your home’s energy needs.
Solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. However, they produce energy during the day and then nothing at night. Energy storage fixes this issue by allowing excess solar power to be saved for later use. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy with a Solar Battery.
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Become More Energy Independent
Glyde Solar gives you greater freedom of choice. With a solar battery, you can use more power when convenient for you, not just when your utility decides to provide it. A solar battery also gives you peace of mind, so you and your family aren’t left in the dark during a blackout or brown-out.
A battery-solar hybrid system is a perfect solution for homes that require electricity during power outages in our digital age. By adding a battery to your solar panels, you can ensure continuous power without feedback to the grid. Giving you more peace of mind when it comes to your electricity and any potential outages.
The first step to being energy independent is harnessing your most important source of power: the sun. With our Home Solar + Storage system, you’ll receive a solar panel array and a battery storage unit that work together to provide electricity for your home 24/7. Our panels are easy to install, making them the ideal solution for families who may not have much experience in home energy.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
You need a battery if you love your solar panels and want to benefit from them even when the sun isn’t shining. A solar battery will store solar energy when the sun is out, then use it at night or when clouds block the sun. Solar Batteries allow you to stop relying on fossil fuels from grid-tied power.
When you use the power grid, you’ll be relying on dirty energy sources like coal and gas. However, with solar panels, you can buffer the power grid by using the clean power you generate yourself—made on-site with a piece of equipment called an inverter. Always ready to deliver, it allows you to be prepared too.
Solar panels paired with batteries and software to supplement your home’s electricity needs are a prime example of how going green can benefit the Earth. Check out our solar panels and our solar storage packages with Glyde Solar.
Backup Power without the Noise of a Generator
Conventional gas generators are noisy and require extensive maintenance, but these solar batteries are virtually silent and require no service or care. Now you can run all your household power tools and appliances with a generator fueled by the sun. You can sit back and relax while your solar panels continue to charge your battery.
Save on your Electricity Bill
Depending on your local utility, solar batteries and/or net metering can help you save money. Both allow your home to produce electricity. Solar batteries store the electricity, so it’s available whether the sun is shining. Where-as net-metering lets you return any excess energy to the power grid, and potentially be paid for it (if it’s allowed in your area) – after which the surplus power leaves your property for your utility provider to use.
Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity that can be used in your home, helping you reduce your energy costs. If your utility has net metering, then installing a solar battery may not make much sense economically. On the other hand, if your utility doesn’t have net metering, it could make economic sense to install a solar + storage system to capture excess energy generated during the day to use at night.
When solar systems store up electricity during the day, they can provide power to your home in the evening, when prices are highest. With a lithium battery, the stored energy can also be used to manage peak demand charges. And unlike lead batteries, lithium batteries keep their charge when you’re not using them.
Are Solar Batteries Right for You?
As demand for renewable energy sources increases, so does the need for energy storage solutions. More solar panels are being installed every year, yet many homeowners still don’t have off-grid capabilities. However, a new improvement in solar batteries can help them maximize the amount of clean energy their homes consume.
While most homeowners in net metering states don’t invest in batteries, those building off-grid solar systems often do. Most off-grid customers choose lithium-ion batteries over any other technology simply because they have incredibly long lifespans, don’t degrade as lead-acid batteries do, and can be discharged as much as 80% and still be fully charged.
While Solar Batteries are expensive, the cost is steadily decreasing and is predicted to decline even further. Hopefully, more price drops will make batteries like these affordable and accessible to more people significantly as net metering access slowly falls year over year.