What Happens When the Lights Go Out

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The uncertainty of power outages is frightening. Due to increased demand, the grid continues to take on critical loads, coupled with increasingly unpredictable weather, making power outages more common every day. Many people are looking to solar power for reliable energy to power their home, but will solar panels work in a power outage?

The truth is, solar might be the resource that rescues the grid, but only if homeowners know how to use it. Take the guesswork out of your solar energy. Here’s a guide about using solar panels during an outage.

How to Use Solar Panels During Power Outages

How to Use Solar Panels During Power OutagesThe only surefire way to use your solar panels and still have power is to add a solar panel battery to your solar system. While solar panels are wonderful at converting sunlight into clean, renewable energy for your home, you’ll need a solar panel battery during a power outage.

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A power outage could keep your home in the dark for hours, or even days. There is a growing need for more reliable power, especially for Americans who rely on electricity to power their medical devices. Unless your community is able to offset the consumption with other renewable sources, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for rolling blackouts, especially in places like California, named the “Blackout Queen.

Let’s face it, if you’re a homeowner, you’re looking for solutions to stop any interruption in power. Switching your home’s reliance on the utility company’s grid to clean, alternative energy like solar power is becoming a popular way of avoiding power outages. Let’s look into some of the questions you might have about using your solar panels when the lights go out.

Do you still have power in a blackout if you have solar panels?

When you go solar, you’ll still be connected to your utility company’s grid. The good news is this enables you to be enrolled in a program called net metering which, in some states, allows you to make money off your solar panel system by selling back unused solar energy to your utility company.

However, it also means that without a solar panel battery, solar panels cannot be used during a blackout. Utility companies require that your solar system stops producing power in the event that the grid goes down to protect their repair crews.

This precaution will ensure the safety of linemen working on the power lines. If your solar panels are still producing energy during an outage, it could feed back to the utility workers, causing a dangerous situation. However, all hope is not lost if you have a solar panel battery during a blackout.

Why You Need a Solar Panel Battery

Solar panels alone aren’t enough when the grid goes down, and honestly, it’s difficult to know what to do when the power goes out. However, when pitted up against the fossil fuel guzzling grid, solar panels with a nifty solar panel battery is the more reliable, longer-lasting solution to power resiliency. Since power outages are here to stay, it’s best to do what you can to protect your home. A solar battery with your solar panels will get you closer to energy independence. Keep reading for more information on solar panel batteries.

What’s a solar battery?

A solar battery, like the Enphase Encharge, stores excess solar energy your panels produce during peak daylight hours, allowing you to use this energy during the night, or during power outages. Your battery system will automatically switch over seamlessly to power your home whenever there is a power outage in your neighborhood. Often with minor outages, you won’t even notice you’re running on backup power!

A solar panel battery is the key to enhancing the performance of your solar system and vital during a power outage. It’s an extraordinary addition that will store the power your solar panels produce until you’re ready to use it.

With a resilient battery backup, you can improve the longevity, reliability and quality of your solar energy production. When the lights go out in your neighborhood, you’ll want solar panels and a strong battery on your side.

Solar Battery Benefits

benefits of a solar battery in a power outage

With solar panels plus a battery backup, you’ve got yourself a winning combination for the protection of your home’s energy during a blackout. Whether you’re wondering how to use solar panels during power outages or just want to know some of the great ways solar can add to your home, here are some solar benefits:

Protect Your Home from Power Outages

Solar energy is the solution you’ve possibly never considered for a very common problem. A battery backup system comes handy when unpredictable weather or an untrustworthy electricity grid has your home bracing for the worst. It’s a step in a more energy independent direction and a great way to keep your essential appliances up and running. A solar battery will store your excess energy and kick on when everything goes out. 

Technology At Its Best When You Need It

enphase iq battery 10When the grid fails, your battery storage system kicks in. The automated backup is nearly seamless for a reason. There is a wide variety of smart technology that keeps solar batteries running at their best. With key features, like the Enphase Encharge’s Storm Guard for instance, that prioritizes energy storage when storms are detected, your battery keeps your home’s power in your hands. That means your solar panel battery is actually connected to the National Weather Service and will alert your battery to prioritize power backup when an approaching storm is detected.

Solar batteries, like those sold by ADT Solar, offer the most advanced technology implemented for solar energy. You’ll also have the power of monitoring your home’s energy in real time, including your battery charge and how much energy your home is using, right from any mobile device!

Read more about the advantages of the Enphase Encharge solar battery.

A Lower Utility Bill Means Savings Year-Round

Solar takes the guesswork out of utility billing. You don’t have to worry about your energy consumption when your solar system is delivering clean, renewable energy in excess for your home. Depending on which state you reside in, residents can expect upwards of thousands in savings a year.

Net Metering

When you go solar, your solar panels will still be connected to the grid. A grid connection helps power your home when your panels aren’t producing energy, like at night. Being connected to the grid also allows residents of some states to enroll in a program offered by your utility company called net metering. It can save you tons of money on your energy bills by rolling back your excess solar energy to the grid. This partnership between your household and your electric company can do some great things for your budget.

Federal Solar Tax Credit

Another awesome thing about going solar is the energy savings available on a federal level — you just need to know where to look. The federal government is currently offering a huge incentive when installing residential solar systems. Also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), the 30% solar federal tax credit allows you to deduct up to 30% of the cost you spent on your solar power system.*

For more information about this huge savings opportunity, here’s a guide to answer all of your questions.

Yes, You Can Use Solar When the Lights Go Out!

enphase battery on homeIt’s finally time to gain back some energy independence! Solar panels and a powerful solar battery (like the Enphase Encharge) are the best way to protect your home from a power outage. Solar batteries simply have a technological advantage over traditional generators. Homeowners will never need to replace their fuel on hand or worry about the dangers of worn machinery. Your solar panel system is always advancing to support the demands of your home and keep the electricity going. The sun is a consistent, clean energy source that can keep your refrigerator, AC, or all of the important electronics you need powered when you need them all the most.

At ADT Solar, our team of solar panel installation experts will bring your home out of the Dark Ages by installing our state-of-the-art solar energy system, including batteries, on your home. Our Solar Energy Specialists are eager to provide you with information about the most cost-effective solutions for your home. Contact ADT Solar today to learn how to use solar panels during power outages and stay powered through it all.

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*Tax and credits or incentives including those provided by federal, state, or local governments may change or end. This can impact the amount of money you might save. Consult a tax professional to understand any tax liability or eligibility for any tax credits that may result from the purchase of your solar system.
**If you have taxable income and own the system, you may qualify for the federal investment tax credit (ITC). It is your responsibility to determine your eligibility and to apply. Consult a qualified tax professional for assistance and details.

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