With manufacturing technology improvements, solar is cleaner than it has ever been. Even the energy used to produce and ship solar panels is now offset early into the lifetime of a system. Solar has finally become the green energy solution that it was initially intended to be.
But, if you have a solar-only system at home, then you’re leaving a lot of the potential on the table. A battery energy storage system can improve the investment you make in solar, by giving you a deployable electricity source that can pay for itself over time.
With home solar in Long Island, you’ll remain connected to the grid. Using panels alone, you would need to take power from the grid in the evenings. If you don’t produce more in the day than you consume at night, then you will still have a small electric bill at the end of the month.
Families that want to maximize savings invest in battery energy storage systems.
With this type of setup, you’ll store most of the excess energy that you produce in the day, rather than sending it directly out to the grid. Then, in the evenings and at peak consumption times, your home can tap into the reserve in your battery energy storage system.
In effect, this could mean taking absolutely nothing from the grid, except for the few weeks of the year when solar production is too low to cover your needs.
A battery energy storage system could result in significant savings. And, whenever your battery system is full, you can still export power to the grid and receive credits for it under a net metering program.