What are the main benefits of solar batteries?
Are solar batteries worth it?
Let’s start off by looking at the main benefits and then some of the downsides of solar batteries. Some of these apply to everyone, while others apply more to homeowners or more to businesses and farms.
Save more money
However much energy your solar panels are able to produce, your solar batteries will increase your efficient use of it. By storing any excess power and then using it later, you’ll avoid any losses that may occur when transferring the excess to the grid. And you’ll maximize your financial return on investment by avoiding cut rate net metering that doesn’t fully reimburse you for the power you produced.
You’ll also save money if your utility charges higher rates at certain peak usage times of day, because your solar batteries will ensure that most of your energy needs beyond what your panels can produce will be supplied by the battery, and not the utility.
Possible 100% power offset
With enough solar panels and sufficient solar battery storage, you have the potential to pay nothing for power, month after month. Your panels produce during the day, and your batteries use the stored excess solar energy to power your home at night.
Backup power source
Most solar battery brands allow you to continue powering your home even in a power outage. You’ll never need to worry about all your frozen foods thawing out or the milk rotting in the fridge.
You can be the only house on the block with air conditioning after a hurricane. You can be the only hotel still operating, the only restaurant still serving cooked food, etc.
Be mindful that installing a solar battery doesn’t mean instant backup power by default. You’ll need the right setup and the proper equipment. So talk to a solar consultant about your exact situation.
Protects you from rising energy costs
Solar panels save you money, but those savings increase over time because the power companies will keep increasing their rates. However, because you are producing your own power, you don’t have to pay those higher rates until your energy usage exceeds what your panels can produce.
With solar batteries, you can store your excess and use even less of the utility’s power. And that means you’ll pay even less of ever-increasing energy prices.
Positions you as eco friendly – customers love it
For businesses in particular, going solar can make your company a bigger draw because there are certain customers who will go out of their way to support businesses that prioritize care for the environment. Use it in your marketing. And if you have solar batteries, you can amplify this even more.
Protects you from cybersecurity threats
Like it or not, we live in a world where just about anyone can be a target of cyberterrorists — including power companies. If your power company became a victim of ransomware or some other cyber threat, this could affect your ability to receive power from the utility. With solar batteries, you won’t have to worry about that threat.
Here are more reasons why solar batteries would make a great addition to your solar panel system.