Solar systems for residential and commercial properties have come a long way in recent years and the biggest technological advances have been battery storage solutions.
The process all begins with the solar panels installed on your roof that harvest the sun’s rays and convert them into energy. Once sunlight hits these panels, it immediately converts the visible light into an electric current.
Previously, that meant the power needed to be consumed straight away or exported to the grid – and if the sun wasn’t shining, the solar system wasn’t working.
Modern solar systems still prioritise the needs of your household or business, but any excess energy is then diverted to the battery instead of shipped off to the grid. It means fewer bill credits, but it also means that you have solar power available at all times of the day or night and during inclement weather.
These all have their own unique benefits and ways of operating. So you can consider the best option for you, it is best to know how these different types of battery work. They include:
No. You can still run with the traditional method of powering your house and exporting excess energy back to the grid for rebates.
These battery storage systems include a charge controller which prevents power from bleeding back to the solar panels and will keep topping up the battery as energy is used so that it remains full. Any excess power is then sent to the grid.
In most instances, one or two batteries will be more than enough, although some larger households or businesses may require three to be fully powered by solar energy.