Energy storage technology has been around for decades, but solar batteries used in home solar-plus-storage systems are relatively new to the market. Read on for more information.
When you install a solar battery as part of your home solar energy system, you can actually store the extra energy your solar panels produce at home instead of feeding it back into the electricity grid. With solar batteries, you maximise your ability to use the electricity generated by your solar panels on a day-to-day basis. During the times when you need more electricity than your solar panels are producing (later in the day or at nighttime), you can use the solar energy you have stored.
Whether or not you’ll save more money by installing a solar-plus-storage system depends how your electricity provider charges its customers. It starts with metering, you will typically receive a credit on your electricity bill for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar energy that you send back to the grid. You can use those credits later on when you need more electricity than your solar panels are generating. However, if you use more power than you have credits, then battery storage may be an option you need to explore.