Solar Batteries: Not All Are Created Equal!
Having a solar system in conjunction with batteries at your home does not mean that it will have the functionality of providing backup power in the event your network provider has a power outage or blackout. The majority of solar & battery systems that are installed today will not provide power as this can result in a back feed into the energy grid and create potential risk to the electrical workers.
Where To Start On Home Batteries
Many people assume that, due to their use in off-the-grid configurations, solar systems along with batteries will have the ability to provide backup power but in actual fact a lot of the products on the market at time of writing this do not provide that functionality, or require a specific inverter in order to provide power during these situations. Henceforth, if you’re a customer that is wanting the ability to use electricity from your battery storage in the event of a black out or power outage then it is important that you ensure the products you’re having installed can provide this. This is where All Green Environmental Solutions can provide expert advice and ensure you’re going to get the most out of installation!
What Are Your Options?
There are a few options in which a customer can choose to have as part of their installation, and each option will incur varied costs depending on the customer’s requirements:
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS): This option is usually selected for customers where they require power at all times, often because of critical equipment or other such things. With this option, if the power grid loses supply, there may be no indication as your supply will transition to your backup source. The problem with this option is it carries a large cost and is usually unnecessary for the average household (with the exception of critical medical equipment). It is important to know the difference between this option and the next “Interruptible Power Supply”.
- Interruptible Power Supply (IPS): This system will give you the functionality of your whole home to keep running on your battery backup and supply from the solar panels in the event of a power outage on the main grid. The difference will mean there is a short interruption as the supply changes over to the backup system, which could mean that you will need to reset appliances, clocks, etc. but you can use your backup supply as long as they’ll last.
- Emergency Power Supply: By installing this option, you will have the ability to maintain power supply to an emergency circuit should the main electrical network lose supply. What this means is that, you will have the ability to use anything connected to this circuit (i.e. fridge, some power points, some lights, etc.) as it will be drawing supply from your batteries and/or solar panels. This is usually found to be the most common installation as it meets in the middle in terms of cost and efficiency for minimising drainage on your battery storage.
- Partial Off-The-Grid Solar Storage System: Lastly, this option can be a possibility for some customers, where a specified “off-the-grid” area of the house is connected only to the solar/battery system which is configured in a way where it can supply enough without drawing any additional power from the electrical grid. This can be setup in a way so that essential appliances such as fridges/freezers, washing machines, lights, etc. can remain working without an interruption and as it will match the draw from the specified appliances there is no need to worry about how much energy is being used unless additional items were connected.
Get The Right Advice From The Leading Experts In The Industry
The main thing to mindful about is that just having solar panels installed on your roof does not guarantee your house backup supply in the event of a blackout, and an experienced industry expert such as the staff at All Green Environmental Solutions can assist with the best configuration that meets your needs.
It is important to know that having solar panels without battery storage will help to reduce your energy bill as you’re absorbing the sun’s energy instead of drawing electricity from the grid. Having battery storage is a great solution to store the excess power in times where you’re not using all that the panels are taking in, but to be able to use the back-up power in the event of a blackout it is critical to ensure that the battery system has the “back-up” option and also has any necessary additional equipment to ensure it can operate during the event of lost supply from the electricity provider’s grid. An example of a product that can provide this functionality is the Tesla Powerwall, which is a product that All Green Environmental Solutions regularly install for our customers.
Contact All Green Environmental Solutions For Your Home Battery Needs Today!
If you’re considering the option of installing battery storage along with solar panels, or already have solar panels and want to add battery storage to it, get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to offer advice and a quote to give you the best solution!
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