How Do Home Solar Battery Banks Work?
Last modified on July 31st, 2021 at 9:43 pm
Last modified on July 31st, 2021 at 9:43 pm
Home solar battery banks allow you to become fully independent of the grid, giving you your own electricity-creating property. When storms or grid failures hit, your home will still have its lights on.
Come rain or shine, home battery banks keep your home juiced. Here’s how they work and why our are the best:
1 – Steal the Solar Power
It all begins on the roof. Those shiny solar panels absorb sunlight and use a solar inverter to convert the sun’s energy to electrical current. Magic. Then that energy gets fed throughout the home or to the home solar battery bank.
2 – Time to Feed the Home Solar Battery Banks
The electricity produced by the solar panels then powers everything in your home. From the TV to the lights, the power goes to those appliances first.
But on sunny days or low energy consumption days, there’s plenty of excess power. That electricity goes to the home solar battery banks!
Here, batteries charge up by using inverters and store electricity for future use. The speed of charging depends on the amount of solar energy being produced and the current demand in the home.
Without a battery, that extra electricity would head back to the grid (if connected). That process is called net metering and can actually earn you money, but for many people, that isn’t as appealing as having those game-changing home solar battery banks!
3 – Converting the Energy
Time to get slightly geeky. All homes run on AC (alternating current). That’s the power you get from your wall outlets. But batteries require DC (direct current to charge) – that’s why your laptop has that big box on it, or why your phone charger has a big adapter at the end.
Solar batteries work the same. They require DC. Using solar inverters, they convert AC into DC to charge and then back to AC to power the home.
Some modern home solar battery banks, such as Tesla Powerwalls, use AC. That can make them versatile for any solar power system but make them susceptible to storms and harsh conditions. DC batteries also have higher efficiency.
4 – Deploy the Battery!
Once that home solar battery bank is nicely charged up, it sits there until it’s time to use it.
There are various reasons for calling up your home solar battery bank’s extra power.
Firstly, a power outage. If the grid goes down, the battery system will kick in and immediately provide power to the home. Your fridge, AC, TV, internet and lights will all keep running.
Secondly, home solar battery banks can be used to reduce your energy bill. If your utility company uses a ‘time-of-use’ (TOU) rate plan, then you may find that certain periods of the day are more expensive than others.
If you’ve got a solar battery bank, though, you can use it during those peak utility charge periods to make savings!
Finally, batteries can be used for homes independent of the grid. So if the sun has been hidden for too long and your home is low on fresh solar energy, you can rely on your home solar battery banks to kick in and save the day.
Florida Solar Power’s Unique Solar Batteries Explained
Some special tricks can set some home solar battery banks apart from the rest. At Florida Power Services, we utilize the unique Enphase home solar battery banks.
Here’s how they work:
Low Voltage. High Safety.
Our home solar battery banks use low-voltage DC power – so you avoid the dangers that come with high-voltage DC power.
Using micro-inverters, to meet the latest safety standards, the risk of thermal runaway fire propagation is significantly reduced.
Our batteries are designed to outlast storms, ice, hail storms and more. With solar inverters inside every battery, you’ll be safe at home even when the grid drops and it’s bleak outside.
Using the latest tech, our battery banks connect to the internet to deliver the latest software and features automatically. So from bug fixes to efficiency improvements and storm warnings, you’re not left in the past.
You gain access to a simple-to-use app that gives you a complete overview of your solar power system. This includes how much energy you’ve used, how much charge is left and more.
Start Big, Grow Fast.
Our home solar battery banks give you the freedom to start small and grow over time. Almost like lego bricks, you can add another battery to the bank for additional storage and more juice!
10 Year Solar Battery Bank Warranty
All Enphase batteries are covered by a super 10-year warranty.
The Science Behind Home Solar Battery Banks
Ok, you’ve read this far, so let’s get into the details. Now you know how a home solar battery bank works, let’s look at the science behind it.
Most modern home solar battery banks use a lithium-ion battery. These are seen in many appliances, from your cell phone to cars.
They operate by moving lithium ions through an electrolyte located inside the battery. Ions are particles that have either gained or lost an electron, so when they move from an anode to a cathode within the battery, free electrons are produced.
These free electrons build up, charging the battery and storing electricity. When it’s time to discharge the electricity, the flow is reversed.
You can take off your lab coat now.
How Do I Install a Florida Solar Battery Bank?
- Calculate how much solar energy your home demands. This will help you know how big a home solar battery bank you need.
- Choose whether you want to go totally off-grid or have a grid-tied battery bank.
- Contact a Florida solar power installer. Choose one that is offering the latest solar battery bank tech. Make sure they’re fully certified! (We are).
Install This Year to Save Thousands of Dollars!
Did you know that you can save thousands of dollars on your Florida solar installation if you get started in 2021?
That’s thanks to Florida’s solar tax incentives. In 2021, you can save 26% on your solar installation costs. On a $30,000 installation, that would be $7,800!
But don’t delay! By 2024, those federal tax credits will drop to 0% – it’s going down every year.
Read our in-depth here to see if you’re eligible for 2021 Solar tax credits in Florida.
Home Solar Battery Bank Installation in Florida
Are you interested in installing a solar battery bank in Florida? Contact us today! Call (727) 667-9955 or schedule a consultation.
With decades of experience, we’ll help design and install the optimal solar system that brings you the best return on investment.
Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” is the Sunshine’s states leading solar power installer and would love to help you save thousands of dollars in 2021.