Recent wildfires in the Western US and the 2021 shutdown of Texas’ electrical grid because of prolonged freezing temperatures are motivating many people to add energy storage to their home before they get caught with the power out.
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.
Over the past 20 years, 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.