Harnessing Greater Savings: The Power of Battery Storage for Home Energy

Harnessing Greater Savings: The Power of Battery Storage for Home Energy

Battery storage can translate into substantial savings for your household.

In an era where sustainable living and cost-effective solutions are gaining prominence, homeowners are increasingly turning to innovative technologies to save on energy expenses. One such solution that has gained traction in recent years is battery storage for homes. This technology not only allows individuals to store excess energy generated by renewable sources but also provides a reliable backup during power outages. In this article, we explore how investing in battery storage can translate into substantial savings for your household.

One of the primary benefits of incorporating battery storage into your home is the ability to reduce your reliance on the traditional power grid. By storing excess energy generated from renewable sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, homeowners can tap into their own power supply when needed. This provides a sense of energy independence. It also helps in lowering monthly utility bills by minimizing the amount of electricity drawn from the grid.

Battery storage systems empower homeowners to take advantage of off-peak energy rates. During periods of low demand, electricity rates often decrease, allowing users to charge their batteries at a lower cost. Subsequently, this stored energy can be utilized during peak hours when electricity prices are typically higher, contributing to significant savings over time.

Renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, generate power intermittently based on weather conditions and daylight availability. Battery storage acts as a buffer, allowing homeowners to store excess energy during sunny days and use it when the sun is not shining. This maximizes the efficiency of renewable energy systems and ensures that homeowners can make the most of their clean energy investments.

Many utility companies charge peak demand fees based on the highest amount of electricity a household consumes during specific periods. By using stored energy during these peak times, homeowners can significantly reduce their peak demand and avoid costly charges. Battery storage systems thus serve as a strategic tool for managing electricity usage efficiently and avoiding unnecessary expenses.

Beyond financial savings, battery storage provides an added layer of security during power outages. In the event of a blackout, the stored energy in your battery system can keep essential appliances running, ensuring continuity in your daily life. This resilience not only adds value to your investment but also saves you from potential losses associated with spoiled food, disrupted work, and discomfort.

All homeowners in the US are eligible for a 30% tax credit on the cost of installing battery storage and backup. This reduces the payback time. In addition, there are rebates for those in lower income brackets, or those whose homes are located in a high fire threat area. We can help determine if you are eligible for any available rebates.

Investing in battery storage for your home is not only a step towards a more sustainable future but also a shrewd financial decision. By reducing reliance on the grid, optimizing renewable energy use, and taking advantage of off-peak rates, homeowners can unlock substantial savings over time. The added benefit of increased resilience during power outages and government incentives further sweetens the deal, making battery storage a compelling solution for those looking to cut costs while embracing a greener lifestyle.

Do Solar Panels Produce Energy In Winter Months?

Do Solar Panels Produce Energy In Winter Months?

Winter means shorter days, and because of the reduced sunlight hours, many people assume that solar panels also have reduced efficiency. This is a misconception.  Even in the dreary, short days of the winter months, photovoltaic (PV) panels will still produce energy. Solar panels transform light — not heat — into electrical energy to power your home.

Although short winter days mean a significant decrease in exposure time to sunlight, solar panels efficiently uptake whatever sunlight is available and convert it to usable electricity.

PV solar panels work in winter, but optimizing energy generation requires knowing how they react to cold temperatures and snow.

Winter weather also means more power outages, making whole home backup power solutions an effective safeguard against blackouts that allow you to continue reaping the benefits of solar energy. For this, consider adding battery storage and backup.

Do Solar Panels Work in Cold Weather?

Because photovoltaic panels rely on light rather than heat, they will continue to perform even in freezing or sub-freezing temperatures. As long as they have adequate sun exposure, they can continue to generate electricity. Solar panels actually improve their efficiency in colder temperatures since lower temperatures prevent overheating.

What Are the Benefits of Using Solar Panels During Winter?

Solar panel producers account for seasonality and ensure that there are accessible methods to maintain electricity production year-round.  It allows homeowners to take advantage of solar power systems’ benefits, even in winter.

Solarponics Featured on National Top Solar Contractors List

Solarponics Featured on National Top Solar Contractors List

Atascadero, California, 07-28-20—Solar Power World has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Solar + Storage Installer List, where local solar installer Solarponics achieved a rank of 25th in the nation.

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers big and small. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service (developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs, installation subcontractors, rooftop installers), markets and states.

“The Solar Power World team is so pleased to highlight more than 400 companies on the 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, especially during this unprecedented time,” said Kelsey Misbrener, senior editor of Solar Power World. “All contractors featured on the 2020 list reported strong 2019 installation numbers and are continuing to stand tall this year.”

This year’s collection of over 400 Top Solar Contractors is facing obstacles that this industry has never seen before. The first quarter of 2020 was the country’s biggest ever, with 3.6 GW of new solar capacity added. But COVID-19 impacts showed their force in Q2, and Wood Mackenzie is forecasting residential and non-residential markets will see 25% and 38% decreases in year-over-year installation volumes this year.

“In spite of the current economic and social climate, we won’t rest until every building and residence on the central coast has a net zero energy and resource consumption footprint,” says Solarponics president Kristian Emrich.

Solarponics is at the forefront of battery storage and backup and was one of the first certified Tesla Powerwall installers in California. Solarponics employs 41 team members who installed two megawatts of solar plus storage power in 2019 alone. Since its founding in 1975, the company has installed nearly 15 megawatts of solar power, saving local residents an estimated $150 million in energy costs.

Solarponics is a full service renewable energy company that designs and installs solar electric, storage and backup systems, solar pool heating, water conservation systems, and radiant heating and cooling for residential and commercial projects. Solarponcis can be reached at www.solarponics.com or by calling (805) 466-5595.

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Solarponics: diffused grid turns to batteries

by | Nov 1, 2018 |Central Coast Journal

With the shutdown of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant being rolled out through 2025, and the State of California striving to meet 100 percent renewable energy goals by 2045, it’s time to start thinking about personal energy production and storage, not just our use, says Frank Scotti, marketing director at Atascadero-based Solarponics.

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Since this article published in Nov, 2019, another 400 battery storage systems have been installed own SLO County, on pace to install 1,o00 battery systems in 2020. Currently there are approximately 13,000 homes with solar PV in the county. Of those, more than 40% (5,200 homes) could benefit from the addition of a battery storage system. Rising energy costs, public safety outages, and incentives and tax credits have all contributed to the popularity of battery energy storage.