Battery Backup for your home
Battery backup is one of the two principal types of backup power most popular with today's homeowners. For longer term blackouts (and off-grid solutions) we recommend generators, but battery backup can easily provide short-to-medium-term continuous electricity for your home during a blackout. Batteries connect "behind" your home's electrical meter, and they can be charged from any source of electricity. That means you can charge your batteries with electricity supplied from the grid, and for homeowners with solar panels, you can charge your batteries with electricity from your solar panels as well.
How does a backup power system work?
When there is electricity available, either from a solar electric system, the utility grid or both to charge the batteries, the battery management system (BMS) will keep the batteries fully charged. When a power outage occurs, the BMS discharges the batteries through an inverter/charger that converts the energy in the batteries to electricity you can use in your home. A battery backup system does not supply electricity to the entire home. Instead, carefully chosen circuits such as the refrigerator, computer, security systems and other selected loads are included in the system. Although battery backup can satisfy large appliances, the cost, space needed, and complexity increase exponentially. For large loads, such as air conditioners, deep well pumps, welders, gas powered generators are much more cost effective.
- Capacity - this tells you how much power the battery can store.
- Depth of discharge - this determines exactly how much of the capacity can be discharged at a time.
- Cycle life - You will want a battery with a guaranteed warranty or lifespan.
- Round trip efficiency - this is a measure of how much energy you can get out of a battery compared to how much energy you put into the battery.
- Cost reductions - energy consumption peaks at night, with battery backup, you can use stored energy when utility prices are high.
- Blackout support - even when the power is out, you will be able to keep your most important appliances running for several hours.
- Incentives - battery backup may allow you to take advantage of incentives offered by the government.
- Environmental effects - Combined with solar, it decreases your reliance on the local electricity grid and lowering your monthly bills
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Battery Backup vs. Generator Backup
Tying your solar array to the electrical grid makes sense. But figuring out if battery backup or a generator will work best with your system can be confusing.
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An additional benefit of battery back up is to reduce expensive time-of-use utility charges. Battery backup can save money and earn you incentives while the sun is still out. With the support of the industry, it continues to develop and expand. They will aid in the increasing deployment of renewable energy sources, helping store an ever-growing amount of clean, renewable energy for your energy autonomy.