Residential solar power systems are already more cost-effective for millions of Americans than staying with traditional grid electricity utility companies. Recent studies that looked closely at energy consumption, generation, and usage for solar power systems coupled with a solar battery backup determined that this will be the norm for the majority of American households by 2030 thanks to constantly-improving battery technologies. With grid electricity prices on the rise and largely unpredictable and the cost of solar panel system installation and maintenance dropping steadily, there is no better time than the present to add this tech to your home, or upgrade the system you already have. The question then becomes, “What sort of system is right for your home and your family?”
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Before exploring the two main battery types, it is useful to first understand why coupling a residential solar power system with a battery backup device is so important. The average American household will consume approximately 30 kilowatt hours a day with variances depending on heating and cooling usage. Most battery backup unit can store up to 20 kilowatt hours to use when the power goes out, ensuring homeowners with these systems experience only brief gaps in electricity service, if any interruption is experienced at all. However, the power stored in a battery backup can also be tapped when the energy consumption of the household exceeds what the solar panels are providing for that day, such as days when heavy, dark clouds block the sun or party nights.
This versatility of a battery backup unit coupled with solar installations makes such systems ideal in a wide variety of situations, especially for locations at risk of natural disasters that can knock out power, like a hurricane or earthquake. As the years go on and the technology improves, it will be unusual to live in a home or work in a commercial building that does not use solar panels paired with a battery. The benefits not only include helping keep carbon footprints down to a minimum but also include sizeable long-term savings on electricity bills, even if newer battery tech means an upfront increase to costs.
Knowing the importance and use of battery backup units for a residential solar installation is one thing. Knowing what type of battery to use for the system is another thing altogether. The current set of battery options are on the verge of being outdated by emerging technology that should bring further improvements to the industry overall.
When considering a battery backup unit for a solar panel installation, the choices are:
At Sunstore Solar, serving residential and commercial clients throughout North and South Carolina, we like to keep up with solar power news and technology. Currently, most utility territories in both South Carolina and North Carolina have a single rate and allow net metering for solar power. This setup has reduced the need for individuals to install battery backup units built for load shaving and time of use billing. Overall, when emergency power is the number one goal, lead acid batteries still are the most economical and effective solution in our area.
If you would like to know more about solar energy solutions, or if you are interested in installing a system for your home or business, you can reach out to Sunstore Solar at any time. Our company’s owner has been installing solar systems for more than 40 years, giving us experience and insight that is simply unrivaled in South Carolina. Schedule a visit to your property to receive an educational site assessment.
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