Home Solar Battery Facts
When it comes to solar batteries, there’s a lot to know. Solar batteries for your home, solar batteries for your car, even solar batteries to power your phone… where to start? In this page, we’re going to break down everything you need to know about solar panel batteries.
Solar panel batteries are part of a whole home solar system. Solar power systems like this help you avoid blackouts from routine maintenance as well as major disasters.
In fact, this is the number one reason homeowners make the decision to install a home solar battery backup system: peace of mind. Knowing that your home is protected from outages helps you rest easy, no matter what life throws at you. Think of it as insurance for your home’s energy.
Ready to learn more about owning a solar battery? Let’s get started.
Here’s what this page will cover:
- Why solar panel batteries
- What are the benefits of solar panel batteries
- What it means to be energy independent
- How solar batteries work
- Which solar batteries to buy
- Solar battery installation
- How solar batteries can save you money
Why Solar Panel Batteries?
When you choose to go solar, you’ll be producing your own clean solar energy for your home. During peak hours of sunlight, when your solar panels capture too much energy for your home to use, the rest of the energy goes to waste. This is a problem, especially for those using more energy at night. What’s the solution?
You guessed it: a solar panel battery.
Not only does having a battery storage system help your home keep running at night, but it also helps your home keep running during a grid outage.
Solar batteries are a great investment and in the past decade, the cost of solar batteries has decreased by 90%, making it an affordable option for many people. In addition, solar batteries are currently eligible for the 26% federal tax credit as well as other state incentives.
So if you’re looking for energy independence, your home needs a solar battery.
What are the benefits of solar battery storage?
Not convinced yet? Here are the top reasons you’ll want a solar battery backup for your home:
- Store energy produced during peak daylight.
- Avoid rising costs during peak energy use hours.
- Power your home throughout the night.
- Avoid power outages due to routine maintenance.
- Stay powered through natural disaster blackouts.
- Be in control of your home energy use.
- Experience energy independence.
- Big savings on your energy bill.
What it means to be energy independent
You may be wondering what energy independence is all about. Basically, energy independence means being tied to your utility company’s grid for power.
Being tied to the grid can be great for things like Net Metering. With Net Metering, utility companies will credit your account for any extra energy your panels produce, which would go towards future electricity bills.
However, there is still one major downside of being completely dependent on the grid.
When there’s a power outage, your house goes lights out just like everyone else’s on your block. No matter how much energy your panels produce for you, you’ll be unable to use it. Especially for people living in areas with severe weather, this is a problem.
And this is where solar batteries offer energy independence.
Note: while you can’t be completely dependent of the grid unless you’re going off-grid (meaning you’re supplying all of your own power), you can be more energy independent with solar panels and a solar battery backup.
How Solar Batteries Work
It works like this: your solar system will produce electricity whenever the sun is shining. That electricity will be used by your house to power any appliances or your HVAC system. There will also be times when your solar panel system will produce more electricity than your home needs.
If you have a home solar battery backup system, that excess energy will be stored in the battery for later use. So when the sun goes down later in the day, instead of having to pull from the electricity grid, you can still use clean solar power stored by your solar battery. You will be able to enjoy free, green power any time of day thanks to your solar storage system.
Which Solar Batteries To Buy
The best types of batteries for your solar panels should be lithium-ion batteries, which are the safest and most reliable solar batteries available. Let’s go over a couple of our favorite solar batteries: the Tesla Powerwall 2 and the recently released Enphase Encharge.
Read more: Enphase Encharge vs. Tesla Powerwall 2
Tesla Powerwall 2:
Powerwall is a battery that stores energy, detects outages and automatically becomes your home’s energy source when the grid goes down. Unlike gasoline generators, Powerwall keeps your lights on and phones charged without upkeep, fuel or noise. Pair with solar and recharge with sunlight to keep your appliances running for days.
Enphase Encharge 10:
The Encharge 10™ all-in-one AC-coupled storage system, comprised of three base Encharge 3™ storage units, provides a total usable energy capacity of 10.1kWh and twelve embedded grid-forming microinverters. Connect multiple Encharge 10 storage systems to maximize backup potential for whole home backup. Read: Introducing Enphase Encharge
Solar Battery Installation
Solar panel batteries can only be installed by a certified Tesla or Enphase installer like ADT Solar. To learn more about installing solar panels and solar panel batteries, contact us. We install solar panels and batteries as well. In addition to using only the best products, ADT Solar also offers simple, turnkey solutions to make switching to solar easy. We handle every step of the process, making it stress-free for you. Call us today to schedule a free, no-hassle consultation for your home!
How a Solar Panel Battery Can Save Homeowners Money
Since you’ll be pulling even less from the power grid, your electricity bills will be less each month, and your savings will only increase as time goes on. Utility rates are increasing each year due to the rising costs of fossil fuels, while the cost of solar energy is free.
You’ll be producing your own electricity, which will let you keep more of your hard-earned money right where it belongs- in your wallet.
Monitoring Your Energy
It’s easy to take charge of your home energy use with the help of a solar battery mobile app. Both the Tesla Powerwall 2 and the Enphase Encharge battery have industry leading technology that puts your home energy use, your solar energy production and the status of your battery, quite literally, in the palm of your hand. Even get notified of important weather updates and so much more with these revolutionary apps.
SOLAR BATTERIES: THE GAME CHANGER
So there you have it. Solar panel batteries change the game for those looking for a way to decrease their dependence on their utility company.
Ready for backup power? Want to control your energy costs? Purchasing a solar battery is the next step. ADT Solar consultants are trained to help you make a decision that makes the most sense for you, your home’s energy needs and your budget. Find out today if a solar battery is right for your home.Free Solar Panel Battery Quote