Solar panels for homes are becoming more popular and better than ever – and with the changes in climate as well as the planet’s decreasing resources, this alternative source of energy will become more and more important. In fact, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is calling this decade “The Solar+ Decade”, aiming for solar to comprise 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030.
When people buy solar panels for residential properties the equipment will help you save hundreds of dollars on your utility bills – but without battery storage, you are not covered in the case of a power outage, which sometimes can last for days – especially if it’s caused by natural disasters such as wildfires or hurricanes.
Last year, California’s biggest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric decided to cut power on days where the risk of wildfire was high. Without power, refrigerated food will go bad, the A/C and lights will not work, it will not be possible to charge electrical devices – and worst case, medical equipment that requires electricity can be at risk, potentially creating life-threatening situations.
Solar homes with battery storage have the benefit of being able to store the excess energy the solar panels produce and use this power to cover the homeowner’s needs in the case of an outage.
In addition to having access to power for emergencies, combining your residential solar panels with battery storage will allow you to potentially become fully independent of the utility companies.
“We rarely get the question “are solar panels worth it?” anymore – because it has become well-known now that this natural power source has so many advantages. However, what some people do not know about are the many ways in which including battery storage in their solar package can help them in terms of being self-sufficient when it comes to electricity. It’s an important element – both in critical situations and from a financial standpoint. It’s energy peace of mind”, says VP of Marketing at Solar Optimum, Rainier de Ocampo.
How does battery storage work?
A solar storage battery like the Tesla Powerwall 2.0 takes surplus electricity and stores it – making sure you always have an uninterrupted supply of electricity, even at night. It is a quiet and clean alternative to generators, which can be a nuisance. If there is any electricity left after the battery is charged, it goes back to the utility.
As a Tesla Energy Certified Installer, Solar Optimum is a leading player in the field of solar panel companies that are looking towards the future of solar by offering complete all-inclusive home energy solutions:
“The Tesla Powerwall easily integrates with any solar system – as part of the installation, or even as an add-on to an existing solar power system – so if you’re going to make a solar panel investment, it just makes sense to go for the complete package. It’ll save you more money in the long run”, said de Ocampo.