Solar panels can only produce electricity when there is sunlight. This creates a problem when it is dark or cloudy and you need energy to power your home. In these circumstances, you will often need to buy electricity from your energy provider as your solar panels won’t be producing electricity for you to use.
With a solar battery storage system, you can avoid this problem. By storing any unused electricity generated by your solar panels, you can have a constant source of free electricity powering your home.
A solar battery storage system allows you to store the electricity generated by your solar panels so that you can use it during peak times or during the night when the sun is not shining. This way, you don’t waste any of the valuable power you produce when you don’t need it.
Installing a solar battery storage system alongside your solar PV array can help you to maximize the amount of solar electricity that you use, saving you money on electricity costs.
This will not only improve the efficiency of your solar PV array, but will help to further cut the amount you spend on your energy bills. Solar battery storage systems can therefore save you a lot of money in the long-term.
Solar batteries range in size from a microwave up to a small fridge. Smaller batteries can be mounted onto your wall, whilst larger batteries are often floor-standing.
Obviously the larger the solar battery, the more unused electricity can be stored. The storage capacity of solar batteries typically ranges from 1kWh to 14kWh.
Most homeowners will only need one solar battery.
When installing a solar battery, it is very important that you fit a battery with the correct voltage capabilities. A wrong sized battery can be very dangerous. Our employed technical surveyors will walk you through the process to ensure you fully understand our recommendations and help you choose the correct storage unit for your needs.
There are two different types of solar batteries: DC battery systems and AC battery systems. DC batteries are connected directly to your solar panels, before the electricity meter. This means you will not need an additional inverter installed.
DC batteries tend to be installed at the same time as solar panels. They can be retrofitted to existing solar panels, although the installation process is a lot more complex.
AC batteries are not connected directly to your solar panels - instead, they are connected to your solar panels via the electricity meter. This means you will need an additional inverter installed.