Solar Power Battery Storage
Harvesting free electricity from the Sun has one failing - it obviously only works during sunshine hours. However, the growing availability of consumer battery storage solutions directly addresses this shortcoming and is likely to lead to a revolution in the solar electricity market.
Battery Storage is really the missing piece to the Solar Energy "puzzle". Being limited to daylight hours, Solar Panels alone cannot be consider a complete electricity supply solution. However, when paired with a battery the full potential of a solar array can be realised, whether the system is Grid-tied or Off-Grid.
When Grid-tied, a solar energy solution supplements the energy supplied by electricity retailers. A battery provides the flexibility to stock pile excess electricity produced during daylight hours, for use after sunset thus delaying, or eliminating completely depending on usage, the consumption of the comparatively expensive retailer supplied electricity. In this scenario the retailer becomes the supplier of last resort, only called upon if/when they are required. A battery storage system also allows consumers to take advantage of cheap night-rate power by taking electricity from the electricity retailer overnight and then making it available to the household during the daylight hours - especially useful during winter months when the days are shorter.
Going Off-Grid involves becoming completely self-sufficient in terms of electricity production and is increasingly common in remote rural areas where the cost of a fixed line electricity supply is prohibitive. Under this scenario the battery storage system becomes the primary supplier of electricity and is critical for continuous 24 hour consumption. The capacity of an Off-grid solution will typically be larger than Grid-tied as there is no electricity supplier to fall back on, although many choose to use a small diesel generator to provide a backup boost in periods of high usage.
Grid-tied and Off-Grid battery storage have different requirements, Warm and Cool supplies world class solutions for each scenario. Click below for more details.
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