About 55% of renewable energy used worldwide is solar. As solar energy is becoming more efficient, it’s also becoming more popular.
All over the world, there is an upward trend towards more and more commercial and residential solar energy systems. They allow us to generate reliable energy without dependence upon the grid.
Peninsula Solar specializes in battery-tied solar — the best way to maximize your energy independence and minimize your electric bill. Keep reading to find out how.
What Is Solar Battery Storage?
A solar battery stores energy that comes from solar panel installations. If you have solar panels they can power your home directly, and a solar battery will store any excess energy which it will then use to power your home when the sun isn’t out. This can be at night time, or just on cloudy days.
The battery stores this energy as a direct current and is wired to an inverter that automatically changes it to AC so it’s suitable for your home. Once the batteries are topped off, any excess energy is sent back to the grid for credit which will further lower your bill.
Having a solar battery will mean you rely less on the grid. You can generate your own power during the day, and use it at night time. Your reliance on the grid will depend on how efficient your system is in terms of powering your home.
Advancements in solar are making it more energy efficient every year so having a modern system can be a huge advantage. It allows you to turn the tables on the utility company by essentially turning them into a secondary energy source.
All this leads to increased savings as your electricity bills will be drastically reduced. You’re essentially owning your energy instead of renting it, and with time (possibly less than a decade) your solar energy system will pay for itself.
Backup During a Power Outage
In Northern Michigan, power outages can be more than a minor inconvenience. They can be a serious problem, particularly in winter. A solar system with stored battery energy will keep the critical loads in your house running when there’s no power coming from the grid.
There are a range of situations that can be problematic if you have no power:
- You have medical equipment that uses electricity
- You have an electric heat pump for your heat
- You have a large amount of perishable food stored in your refrigerator/freezer
A backup power source such as a solar-tied battery bank can be make-or-break in these scenarios.
Solar panel systems are built to stand the tests of time, so it’s only natural you would expect the same from a battery. At Peninsular Solar we install HOMEGRID lithium-ion phosphate batteries with a 9000 cycle lifespan. All of our batteries come with a 10-year warranty and typically last about 15-20 years.
Your Residential Solar Solution
Beyond those above, there are many other advantages to energy storage. Peninsula Solar is the only fully-licensed installer of solar energy systems in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and we can design your system to best suit your needs. Residential solar energy is the way forward, so why wait to achieve energy independence?
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