To Store or Not to Store – Do You Need a Battery Storage System for Solar Energy?

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To Store or Not to Store – Do You Need a Battery Storage System for Solar Energy?

28 September 2016
 Categories: Environmental, Blog

One of the most burning questions among potential solar power system clients is whether to purchase a battery storage system. A battery or energy storage system is used to store solar energy during the day so it can be used at night when there is no solar radiation. A battery system is an added cost to the investment and many people often find themselves confused as to whether it's a viable investment. Read on to find out the benefits of a battery storage system and whether you need one for your home or business.

What are the benefits of battery storage?

The key advantage of battery storage systems is the ability to use solar energy even during the night. Ideally, solar systems generate electricity only during the day when there is the sun's radiation. This means that you will need to use grid electricity during the night when there's a power outage and days when there is minimal sunlight. However, with a battery storage system you can store the excess energy for use during such times. This way you can substantially reduce the amount you pay for grid electricity.

Battery storage systems are available in various sizes and configurations. You can choose one that meets your energy needs without hurting your pockets. Also, some battery storage systems are portable, and this allows you to conveniently use them from any location within or outside the building.

Do you need a battery storage system?

Battery storage systems are not a necessity, but they can be an excellent addition to your solar PV system. You can still save on electricity bills by selling excess solar energy to the grid. You can connect to the power grid and start enjoying net billing. Net billing is where you sell the excess solar energy generated during the day to the grid, and in return, you purchase power from the grid when you aren't generating solar energy.

On the other hand, battery storage systems can come in handy if there is an interruption of the electricity grid. They act as a backup that you can turn to during the moment of need. What's more, they are a worthwhile investment, together with the solar PV system, which can lead to huge annual savings on energy bills.

Solar power systems provide a reliable, cheap and efficient source of energy that every property owner should take advantage of. Purchasing a battery storage system for your system can be a worthwhile investment. Consult your solar installation contractor on the best battery systems depending on your energy needs.

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