Battery Storage and Solar – How does it work?

August 16, 2019 | By Rebecca David

What is Electrical Battery Storage and how does it work with Solar?

When starting to research home energy battery storage your first questions may be, what are batteries, and what do they do?

To answer that some background information on Battery Storage is helpful. Colorado homes operate on Grid power which ties your home to your utility company’s power plant. Traditionally, your energy is coming from outdated power lines. When you lose power provided by your utility’s transformer, you must wait for the utility to fix it. You could be without power for three hours or three days!

The next questions we hear are, why are batteries a good idea, and how can homeowners use them?

There are only three “grid systems” that run all electricity in America. Each utility company is tied to one of these three systems, and that powers millions of homes and businesses that operate in that region. Our homes and businesses require power that run continuously every day of the year creating a delicate structure. That structure is extremely old, with some areas over one hundred years old. Updating that grid structure will cost hundreds of million of dollars that the utility companies will pass on to consumers as rate hikes. If these updates are not completed, consumers will experience more blackouts and brownouts in the event of a grid failure.

A home equipped with a battery however, can switch over to using the stored energy in the battery. Depending on the size and type of battery, a home can be completely powered by the battery. The time and amount of power varies, and each home can be customized for the inhabitants unique needs.

Many people also often ask how are batteries connected to their home?

The connection process is fairly straightforward, though very precise. EcoMark Solar will assess your main electrical panel and determine if it is structurally sound, if not, they will do the upgrade needed. Permits will be drawn and communication with the homeowners electrical provider will all be taken care of by EcoMark Solar. Our electrician and installation crew will then come out and set it all up. Depending on what your battery needs are, EcoMark Solar will work with you to determine which breakers and rooms will be powered during an outage.

One meaningful benefit of a battery storage system is the ability to control your own power. Combining your EcoMark Solar system with battery storage and home energy management products allows you to regulate your energy costs.

Local  utility companies are switching to time-of-use billing which charges more during “peak” usage hours. With the systems and options provided, our customers can avoid using grid energy during the most expensive hours.

There has also been growing interest in how will battery storage work with a homes Solar System?

The benefits are really great! When you couple a battery storage system with your home’s Solar array, you are protecting yourself from rate hikes that utility company will be charging as they spend millions on grid infrastructure upgrade. If you already have Solar, you probably know that in a power outage, your solar will shut down as well, cutting you off from any electrical energy usage for the duration of the outage. What you may not know, is that the shut down is a law and is required nationwide. The reason is for safety to protect utility workers from any potential power surges that could cost serious harm.

Installing a battery will essentially circumvent that law by acting as a buffer between your Solar and the grid. When your power goes out, your battery will allow you to create a closed loop of energy flow from your Solar array to your home for the duration of the grid outage. This allows workers to safely work and your home with solar and storage to continue to operate. You can have a battery without Solar, however you will be subject to only the available power stored and when it runs out, you will have to wait for the grid power to back and up and running before you recharge that battery.

The last question we get is how do I pay for them?

We offer several types and sizes of batteries and every home has unique needs, that is why our EcoMark Solar Consultants are highly trained to work with our homeowners in order to determine the best system for each home. EcoMark Solar has several financing and cash options available and can help our customers determine the best option for them and their home. The best part is that our battery solutions qualify for the 30% Tax Credit.

EcoMark Solar will help you develop a custom solution, all you need to do is request a quote to get started!

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