Recent wildfires in the Western US, the 2021 shutdown of Texas’ electrical grid because of prolonged freezing temperatures and people in hurricane and tornado county highlight the reason many people are adding energy storage to their home before they get caught with the power out. With more intense and frequent severe weather events, energy storage is becoming more and more important for homeowners and utilities.
A perfect complement to any solar photovoltaic (PV) system is energy storage in batteries. Energy storage technology is developing rapidly. When installed with your solar PV system, batteries give you the ability to keep your power on, even when the Utility’s grid goes down. If you require 24/7/365 power for a medical device, to run your company, to keep the lights and heat on, or to refuel your electric vehicle (when gas powered cars cannot be refueled), energy storage is for you.
Since 2001, we’ve installed a variety of energy storage systems to go along with solar PV, but the older systems were bulky, expensive, and required frequent maintenance. In the past several years, energy storage has seen a transition from old lead-acid based systems to safer, smaller, and sleeker looking Lithium-ion, Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt and Lithium Ferrous Phosphate-based units.
Check out one of our customer’s experiences with his energy storage system when the power went out.