All in One Solar Battery System
Using an all in one solar battery system is quick and easy. Simply connect your solar panels and batteries to the combiner box with the PV input and you’re done.
Energy storage saves money by lowering your electricity bills. Solar storage works best with solar and helps reduce your dependence on the grid.
Boosts Energy Savings
If you install a solar battery system, it will collect excess energy generated by your solar PV panels during the day and store it for later use. This will prevent the system from returning electricity back to the grid and save you money on your electric bill in the long run.
Different batteries have different charge and discharge efficiencies, lifespans, and power capabilities. The battery you choose will determine the total energy capacity of your solar storage system, also known as its usable capacity. The higher the capacity, the more expensive the battery will be.
You should also pay attention to a battery’s cycle life, which indicates how many charge cycles it can go through before the battery needs to be replaced. The higher the cycle life, the less frequently you will need to replace your solar battery.
Depending on your needs and budget, you can purchase solar batteries with a variety of chemistries. The most popular are lithium-ion batteries, which offer more eco-friendly efficiency than lead-acid and a longer lifespan. Lithium-ion batteries come in two main types: nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) and lithium iron phosphate (LFP). The NMC technology is more affordable, while LFP offers greater longevity. Both are great options for your solar home battery system. Tesla’s Powerwall is a lithium-ion home battery that reduces your reliance on the grid by storing solar energy for backup protection during outages. It’s a powerful, easy-to-install backup solution for your home.
Boosts Energy Security
When paired with solar, batteries provide an additional source of power for homeowners. This power is used for backup purposes during a grid outage and can also be utilized during planned outages such as during utility maintenance or Planned Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
Having a solar battery system means more energy self-sufficiency. During the day, homeowners with solar power can produce more energy than they need. Depending on the size of their home and the amount of circuits they want to back up, they can choose to have their excess energy either return to the grid or store it in their battery for later use.
While it is possible to go solar without battery storage, most homeowners choose to pair their panels with a battery for several reasons. One of the most significant benefits is energy security, allowing homeowners to reduce their dependence on the grid and take advantage of net metering.
Homeowners on time of use rate plans can benefit from a solar battery all in one solar battery system by reducing the amount of power they draw from the grid at the most expensive times of the day.
When choosing a battery system, it is important to understand the different types of batteries available on the market. The most common batteries for all in one solar battery system solar systems are lithium ion varieties. When selecting a battery, be sure to consider its capacity, charge rate, and warranty. It is also important to remember that a battery’s performance can vary by temperature.
Boosts Energy Independence
A solar-plus-storage system takes homeowners one step closer to energy independence. When paired with solar panels, a battery stores excess energy generated by the panels during the day and uses it at night or during peak PG&E Time-of-Use rate windows. This reduces reliance on the grid and helps families save money while contributing to grid stability.
Battery systems can also protect your pocketbook against rising utility rates. When your electricity costs increase, the battery will use low-cost stored energy to offset the cost of your electricity, saving you big! Additionally, a solar-plus-storage system can provide monitoring capabilities that give you more transparency into the energy your home is using and producing.
All in one solar battery systems include a charge controller that monitors the energy from the solar panels and the battery, and adjusts to maximize PV and storage output at all times. This helps prevent overcharging and undercharging the batteries, extending their lifespan and performance.
All in one solar battery systems feature lithium batteries as a built-in energy storage option due to their low cost, light weight and high capacity density. Lithium batteries have an excellent service life of 5-8 years and offer the best energy storage solutions for your home. When used with solar, they can boost PV output 10-20% without increasing the PV array size and help cut storage inverter costs by up to 30%.
Boosts Energy Efficiency
Adding battery storage maximizes the use of the low-carbon electricity generated by your solar panels during the day. This cuts energy consumption from the grid at peak times and reduces your energy bills.
Typically, a household would only utilise 35 – 50% of the energy that it generates without a home battery system. With the addition of a battery, this can rise to 80%.
Battery storage can also help you avoid “peak pricing” that occurs in some states during the evening, when demand for electricity reaches its highest and utility prices are highest. By using a solar battery, you can save the electricity that your PV system generates at midday when it is worth little to California’s grid and instead use it at night, when the electricity is more valuable.
The best home battery systems will have a high round-trip efficiency and long lifespan. Lithium-ion batteries are a popular choice as they are designed to be cycled (used and recharged) many times over the course of their lifetime.
A battery with a good depth of discharge (DoD) is important for a long life span. The all-in-one Sol-Ark 12K system has a DoD of 96%, which is one of the highest available in the industry. It can be paired with any lithium battery. It also features smart management that monitors and manages power from the grid, solar, batteries, load, and backup generator.