5 Reasons You Need a Battery in Your Solar PV Installation
As the world continues to grapple with climate change and the need for sustainable energy solutions, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have emerged as a shining beacon of hope. They harness the abundant energy from the sun, reduce electricity bills, and help reduce carbon footprints. However, to truly maximise the benefits of solar power, it's increasingly important to consider including a battery, or several, in your PV installation, both for domestic and commercial setups.
In this blog, we'll explore the top 5 reasons why adding a battery to your solar PV system is a wise investment.
One of the most significant advantages of integrating a battery into your solar PV system is achieving energy independence.
Solar panels generate electricity during the day when the sun is shining, but what happens when the sun sets, or during cloudy days?
Without a battery, excess energy may go unused or be sold back to the grid, and you'd still rely on grid power during the night or when solar generation is low.
By adding a battery, you can store excess energy generated during the day and use it when you need it most, reducing your reliance on grid electricity and ensuring a continuous power supply.
Reduce Energy Bills
Thanks to the ability to store and use the electricity generated by your solar panels during periods of low or no daylight, you can expect to make huge savings on your energy bills.
This is especially the case for households who are out during the day, returning home after work to then use electric appliances throughout the evening and night. Without battery storage, all the electricity generated by your solar panels during the day would be gone and you'd be left having to use the grid for the majority of your electricity needs.
Now, thanks to the constantly improving technology of solar batteries, you can use your self-generated electricity and make huge savings on your energy bills. On average, our customers are saving a massive 80% on their electric bills.
In areas prone to power outages due to severe weather events, grid failures, or other issues, having a battery can provide a lifeline.
During a power outage, a solar PV system with a battery can continue to provide electricity to your home or business. This not only keeps your lights on but also ensures the functionality of critical appliances such as refrigerators, heating/cooling systems, and medical equipment.
It's a game-changer for ensuring the safety and comfort of your family or the continuity of your business operations.
Time-of-Use (TOU) Tariff Benefits
Many utility companies offer time-of-use (TOU) tariffs, where electricity rates vary throughout the day. These tariffs often have higher rates during peak demand hours.
A solar PV system with a battery can be programmed to discharge stored energy during peak hours when electricity prices are highest, helping you save money on your energy bills.
Reduced Environmental Impact
By using more of the solar energy you generate and relying less on grid electricity, you further reduce your carbon footprint. This environmental benefit aligns with the broader goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combatting climate change.
Incorporating a battery into your solar PV installation, whether for a domestic or commercial setting, offers a multitude of advantages. It provides energy independence, enhances grid resilience, maximises self-consumption, and supports your environmental and renewable energy goals. With advancements in battery technology and decreasing costs, there has never been a better time to invest in a battery for your solar PV system. By doing so, you'll not only save money but also contribute to a more sustainable and resilient energy future.
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