SOLAR BATTERIES

Solar Power Battery Backup

Consistent Solar Energy

Incorporating energy storage into your solar power system is key to getting the most out of your setup. Solar panels produce energy opportunistically, and your building needs energy reliably. The most common household way to store the energy solar systems produce is by using lithium-ion batteries or lead-acid batteries.

These reliable energy storage systems store the excess energy produced by your solar array so it can be used during cloudy weather, during the night, and they also offer a backup energy source to use during electrical grid blackouts.

 

Why Is Adding Batteries Important?

When looking at the price tag, it may be tempting to skip adding batteries to your solar system. Our solar consultants will help provide advice and insight on whether your grid-tied system needs solar batteries for your energy needs, and what size battery backup would be the best option for your solar power system.

Even though solar batteries are a significant investment, they are usually well worth the initial cost. Whether you choose deep cycle solar lead acid batteries or lithium-ion batteries, having backup power and a solar battery bank allows you to fully utilize the benefits of having solar power.

Adding batteries to solar installations increases peace of mind by providing backup power, fully utilizing the solar energy your solar system produces, and helping ensure you have power during dips of solar energy production. When you have a quality, high-storage capacity battery system integrated into your solar systems, you won’t need to worry about blackouts, cloudy days, and poor weather causing power outages at your home.

 

Solar Battery Consultants

Our solar installation consultants can provide input on the best solar batteries for your solar system and how many batteries your solar system will need. Factors we’ll take into consideration are how much power you need, if you are integrating the solar batteries into a grid tied system or are running off grid systems, and budget concerns.

Solar battery costs represent a large initial investment, but the storage capacity, expected lifespan of over a decade, and long-term benefits will make the investment worth it. A solar battery bank will provide your home with consistent power, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and increase efficiency of solar panel systems.

Various Solar Battery Types

 

Every type of high capacity battery used with solar panels have their pros and cons. The main goal with any solar battery storage solution is to utilize energy produced during peak power production times (bright sunny days) during low-production periods (like nighttime and stormy weather). Also, a solar battery bank will prevent loss of power from a grid power outage.
Solar batteries store solar power, help reduce energy costs, and are an important part of renewable energy systems. There are several different types of solar battery systems available, but the two most popular options are lead acid deep cycle solar batteries and lithium-ion solar batteries.

Lead Acid Batteries

Flooded lead acid batteries and sealed lead acid batteries are both familiar and proven technologies for storing and reliably releasing energy when it’s needed. They are the same technology used in car batteries. Flooded lead acid batteries are also known as wet-cell batteries and require routine maintenance to maintain appropriate water levels. Sealed lead acid batteries do not require as much maintenance.

These types of deep cycle batteries are a great, affordable way to harness excess energy your solar array produces. They recharge slowly, though, and are not recommended for an off-grid solar system, but are ideal for homeowners on grid-tied systems.

 

Lithium-Ion Solar Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are a newer technology that has become very beneficial in many energy storage applications. They are commonly used in cell phones and laptop batteries and other specialized uses. Their claim to fame is their high energy density, quick recharge times, and their ability to release energy rapidly. Ounce for ounce, they store the largest amount of energy and are ideal for off-grid systems, but they do pose a risk of catching fire if improperly charged/discharged.

Our solar consultants provide advice and insight on the pros and cons of lithium-ion batteries vs lead acid batteries, so you can be informed on which is the best battery for your solar system!