Are Solar Storage Batteries Necessary for Residential Systems?
When you install a solar electric system, energy will only be generated when the sun is shining on the solar panels. So, these panels don’t generate energy at night.
Options for Uninterrupted Energy Usage
Just because your solar power system isn’t generating energy at night, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to turn on the lights after the sun goes down. Instead, you have two options:
- Energy from the Power Grid: When excess energy is available from your solar system, then that energy is sent back to the power grid, and you receive credits. You use the credits at night or when the sun isn’t shining. The credits help to offset the overall costs that you pay each month on your electric bill. Even if you don’t have any credits stored, you can still use the power from the grid at night to run your home or business during night time hours.
- Battery Storage: Another option is to install battery/batteries that can be used for supplying power to your home when the grid is down. After the electricity is generated through the solar panels, that energy is saved in the battery so that it is available on demand, once the battery is full. The excess electricity is once again used to offset your electric bill. The battery system will give power to certain circuits in your house, not every circuit.
Most people don’t find it necessary to spend money on a battery installation. You can reduce the cost of the installation and still manage your monthly electric bill by tapping into the power grid. But, we are happy to discuss your preferences and options to determine the right system that matches your individual energy needs.
Even if you have a battery based solar system, keep in mind that you might have times when you need to tap into the power grid. For example, if the battery is depleted and you are using energy at night, then the electricity will start coming from the grid.
One of the benefits of having a battery installed with your system is that it can provide electricity to those chosen circuits when there is a power outage. Even if the system is down in the neighborhood due to a storm, you will still have the option to run essential electronics and appliances due to the battery storage.
At New Day Solar, we are here to help you choose the features that are right for your solar installation. Call us today to learn more about your options: (855) 444-6329 or you can visit our website at: www.newdaysolar.com.