Choosing the Right Solar Battery
One of the most crucial elements of the renewable energy revolution and the global shift towards electrification currently taking place is battery technology. Low-cost, fast-charging batteries made with abundant materials are key to this energy transition and must be scaled in the coming years as more renewable energy is stored and electric vehicles become commonplace.
For now, there are a myriad of high-performance home battery systems that enable consumers to store solar power to use at night and on days when the solar system is producing less energy than is being used. All of these home battery systems are eligible for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which uses federal funds to cover 30% of any system installed until 2032.
Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors for customers to consider when determining which battery to use for their home energy system.
Are Batteries Worth the Cost?
Batteries enable customers to make the most of their solar PV systems, and while they are an additional cost, the benefits of installing a solar battery are substantial. Solar batteries act as backup power during emergencies, can lower a consumer’s energy bills in the long run, and decrease a home’s carbon footprint, all while increasing a customer’s energy independence and net metering performance. For these reasons, batteries are often well worth the investment if the adopter plans on keeping a home long term.
Avoid Standardized Battery Systems
With all of the solar battery options available, choosing the right system for your home can be a daunting task. Because of this, many solar customers flock to battery systems that advertise themselves as being one-size-fits-all. However, these batteries are rarely the best choice because they are almost always either under or oversized. Undersized batteries rarely meet power output demand, while oversized batteries are not always fully charged, especially in the winter. In either case, consumers won’t be harnessing all the benefits of their home solar system with these batteries. We at NATiVE Solar are brand agnostic and solutions based, meaning we evaluate all of the available equipment options to select the best solar and energy storage solution for your specific home and utility solar buyback offerings.