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How Do Solar Panels Work with Battery Storage?

December 16, 2018
All, Solar News

There has never been a better time to consider solar. Solar technology advancements have made it a lot more affordable, and advances in battery technology are providing customers more energy independence.

How Do Home Solar Batteries Work?

A SunLynk solar energy system produces electricity as the sun is shining, often making more than a house needs within peak seasons. This excessive energy is sent to the grid, and, usually, the homeowner gets a credit from their utility which may offset the electricity that is used at night.

As the grid still plays a supportive role, an increasing quantity of homeowners are asking for solar-plus-storage so they may have more control of their electricity usage.

Solar storage batteries operate by taking that excessive electricity and storing it. That stored solar energy may be utilized to complement power from the grid in the evening or to power important appliances within a power outage.

Usually, lithium-ion storage batteries are available in a white, rectangular box that is around 4’- to 5’ high, 6” – 1’ deep and around 2’ wide. They are mounted in an out-of-the-way area, like a utility room or inside the garage. The bigger a battery, the more power may be stored. Any excess after the battery is charged will flow back to the utility.

Is Solar-Plus-Storage a Good Fit?

Remember that the majority of solar homeowners will not require a storage battery. Typically, the power produced by a correctly sized home solar system is sufficient to meet a family’s electricity requirements, with net metering covering all electricity that is used from the grid on cloudy days or in the evening.

While power outages don’t regularly impact most households, a home battery may offer you more peace of mind. And it is a quiet, clean alternative to a loud generator. However, bear in mind that if the power goes out, a home battery is made to only keep important appliances operating; not every piece of electrical equipment or every light used inside the home.

If you need to buy a solar system with storage or if you need to add a battery to a recently bought system, it’s possible to offset 30% of your expenses by applying an Investment Tax Credit. Massachusetts and California customers may qualify for extra incentives that dramatically can reduce the price of a battery. However, do not delay. Beginning in 2020, the ITC is going to be decreased to 26% and lower in the future. For more information contact SunLynk today!

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