However, if you happen to own an SMA inverter with the Secure Power Supply feature, you can access up to 2,000 watts of AC power, at up to 12 amps, as long as the sun is shining, and this feature works without any batteries.
While this feature will not power your home during an outage, it can run appliances during the day like your fridge, computer, cell phone, etc. and you can even get clever and charge batteries during the day (like uninterruptible power sources, or UPS backups) to maintain some basic leve of power at night as well.
Taking this one step further, if you have an electric car (any kind, it does not matter which, and this even applies to plug-in hybrids) you can even charge your electric car during the day.
This means that in the unlikely event of an extended power outage and/or gas shortage at the pumps, having an electric vehicle and solar on your roof with an SPS-enabled inverter from SMA means that you can drive indefinitely in this situation.
Sure the charging is much slower than a Level 2 or higher charging, it means that while others will be stuck in line at the pumps, you can be driving past them focused on more important tasks.
If you’d like more information on this feature or have any questions about solar for your own home, please contact Jay Thomas today for a free quote.
Here’s to making your own power!