Solar installers are increasingly finding environmental and financial sense in installing solar panels and batteries for energy storage.
HERE’S AN INFORMATIVE ARTICLE from SolarReviews on the pros and cons of battery storage in conjunction with solar panels.
If you’ve been looking to install a solar panel system recently, you’ve probably come across the topic of solar batteries. Despite the fact that battery systems are becoming increasingly popular, many homeowners still don’t know a lot about them.
Solar batteries let you store the energy that your solar panels produce for later use. Pairing your solar panels with solar batteries to create what is known as a ‘hybrid solar system’ comes with a number of advantages, including access to reliable backup power and independence from your utility.
But how exactly do solar batteries work? And more importantly, how much do they cost? Keep reading to find out.
How Solar Batteries Work
Solar batteries store the extra solar energy your panels produce that you don’t immediately use, so you can draw from it later.
See, solar panels produce the most electricity during the middle of the day, which also happens to be the time when your home uses the least amount of electricity. With a regular grid-tied solar system, that excess solar energy gets sent back to the utility grid.
When solar panels are paired with a home battery, however, that excess electricity goes into the battery instead of going to the grid. Then, when the sun goes down and your panels aren’t producing electricity anymore, you can use the energy you have stored in your battery – instead of paying for electricity from the utility.
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