Solar storage has long been a great option for those interested in capitalizing on the power their solar system is producing. Solar batteries allow for the ability to store extra energy generated by the solar system and then draw from that storage when the panels are not producing as much power, vs sending that stored energy back to the grid.
In states like Georgia, there is no true net-metering where the local utility provider credits a solar customer at the retail rate for their surplus solar energy.
Instead, most electric utilities pay a wholesale rate, called “Avoided Cost”, for solar energy not consumed on-site.
This avoided-cost rate is usually between ¼ and ½ of the retail rate and is typically what your utility company would have to pay if they were to buy that same power from another source. The effect of this unbalanced exchange is the monetary value of each kWh of solar power you use is higher than what you’re sending back to the grid while it’s still the same product or ‘energy’.
Solar batteries, however, offer a solution to this predicament. With solar batteries, you are able to maximize how your energy is used every day.
Additionally, batteries allow you to use any stored energy during times that your panels are not producing as much power, such as during bad weather or at night. The time that each battery will run the home from stored energy ranges from a few hours to a couple of days depending on the appliances within the home as well as the capabilities of the battery itself. Creative Solar USA’s solar consultants work closely with every homeowner to determine the size and type of battery best suited for their needs, based on the specific energy usage of the home, solar production at the home, and the types of appliances to which we’re providing back-up power.
The best value from solar batteries is obtained by homeowners who are still connected to the grid and use the battery as an excess solar energy storage unit.
Overall due to the lack of true net-metering in Georgia and the control that batteries give you over the power being produced by your panels, it’s economically sensible to add a battery to your system.
For full details on all of the benefits that a solar battery can bring to your home, give us a call TODAY and let us show you how to capitalize on the power given from the sun!