Creating your own electricity from the sun is a powerfully rewarding experience. There’s a lot of peace of mind in being able to kick back on a weekend afternoon, glance up at your solar panels, and take comfort in knowing your cocktail blender isn’t costing you a dime to use in the middle of the day.
But, what about at night, when the sun isn’t shining? Unless you have energy storage, you’re going to be pulling electricity from the grid or simply not using any.
Storage systems can additionally provide backup power to critical home loads during blackouts. When paired with solar panel systems, solar battery storage solutions allow you to reap the benefits of renewable energy and apply them to your home needs during power outages.
In this article, we show you how a solar battery works over the course of a typical day. We also provide an overview of the equipment needed for a solar battery backup system to work and discuss differences between grid connected and off-grid systems.
Along the way, we explain how you can save even more with battery storage if your utility is on a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan. Let’s get to it!