Solar Equipment Shortages Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Vaccines may be providing hope that the COVID-19 pandemic is reaching its demise, but solar equipment shortages are still present as COVID continues to shutdown countries around the world.

Act now and you’ll avoid paying overpriced costs. Here’s why solar shortages are happening and why you need to hurry up and invest in solar in Florida now:

Ongoing Disruption to the Solar Industry

COVID-19 has disrupted the production and transportation of key solar equipment that is typically imported from overseas since as early as last March. Although the equipment has been making its way through, the solar industry is seriously suffering from shortages that show no sign of slowing soon.

In particular, China is one of the major sources of solar equipment and has placed many of its cities under frequent lockdowns. This has caused factories and suppliers to shut down entirely, causing solar equipment production to hit a wall. Naturally, as China accounts for 80% of the global market, this has triggered shortages for solar installers, big and small. The same can be said for much of Europe.

The Fight for Raw Materials

Even US manufacturers are hit by China’s delays, as raw materials such as aluminum and PV glass have been hard to find. With production rates so low, imports to the US have been far lower than expected. Shipping companies have also suffered delays, with ports being closed or restricted worldwide.

Consequently, panel manufacturers in the US have been significantly affected by raw material delays. Most solar module production manufacturers in the US stock around one to two months of materials. Sadly, many of these manufacturers are once again running out of stock – so they can’t produce solar panels.

It Could Be Bad News for Solar Batteries Too

The majority of the world’s lithium-ion battery manufacturers are also struggling to keep up with the demands. With mandatory lockdowns and less staff in factories triggering delays across the board.

These delays are occurring as we see boosts in growth for both solar battery storage and electric vehicles.

COVID Has Heavily Hit the US Solar Industry

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the US solar sector has already lost over 65,000 jobs thanks to the pandemic. That’s five years of job gains!

Most of the job losses have been in the residential and commercial solar sectors. These employ a larger number of people per gigawatt than the larger utility-scale solar market. We’ve seen other companies have their solar projects canceled and even some installers close entirely.

Solar Prices Expected to Drive Up!

The cost of PV modules has risen for many solar power installation companies over the past year and is likely to rise again as these solar equipment shortages hit.

When supplies, competition becomes fierce and that causes the prices to rocket. And guess what? As solar companies have to pay higher equipment costs, they too have to raise their prices.

The Warning Signs Are Clear

The warning signs are evident in countries such as India and Australia. They’re already feeling the heat of China’s worrying glass shortage and are seeing prices rocket higher than Gamestop stock.

Glass shortages have seen prices rise by 71% since July and it’s hitting every country. Naturally, if the price for Chinese glass goes up, then so does the competition for US glass.

The general manager of the world’s largest solar company said, “If solar power generators see solar projects as uneconomical, they will delay investing in new projects and that will drag down solar demand. Solar power plant profits will drop below acceptable levels… if glass makers go on to push up the costs.”

Glass now accounts for around 20% of all solar panel production costs, double the usual amount. Although new glass factories are being planned, it will take at least 1-2 years before they have any effect.

The solar industry could be 20% to 30% short of the glass it needs next year, with the market not being back in balance until 2022. One analyst says: “The shortage is expected to worsen over the next year. Prices for such glass may remain at high levels.”

Why You Need to Invest in Solar Now

Thankfully, Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” has enough supplies to cover us for a little while. But as this pandemic’s latest variants spread violently, we fear the worst – an imminent solar equipment shortage.

We don’t want our customers to lose out, paying far higher than they should. That’s why if you’re considering solar installation in Florida, you should hurry up and buy now! Supplies usually have to be ordered in advance, meaning these higher rates could last throughout 2021.

Avoid paying against the competition; install solar in Florida now!

Hope on The Horizon?

The good news is these solar equipment shortages last forever. Hopefully, within the next year or so, we can all start to put the Coronavirus behind us so that prices can return to normal and we can see the projected decrease in solar equipment costs.

However, if you want to make the most of this year’s tax credits and other incentives, then you need to act fast! It’s highly advised that you get in ahead of the competition and buy Florida solar now!

Thanks to the extension of the federal tax credits included in the recent $3 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, the demand for solar should keep the industry flowing and moving onwards to the bright future it’s projected to have.

HURRY UP AND INVEST IN FLORIDA SOLAR NOW!

As the leading solar installation company in Florida, we currently have enough solar equipment supplies to get your project started and complete at no extra cost or delay. However, we’re warning all potential customers to get in fast!

Schedule a consultation with Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” today, and we’ll answer any questions you may have and can install a solar system that ensures your property is built for the future!

How to Size Your Solar Battery System for 24/7 Day and Night Energy

If you’re looking to install a solar with battery backup system in Florida, sizing it correctly is essential to meet your performance expectations. If you underestimate the needed kWh to power your loads through the night and you could wake up sweating in the dark – you’d rather have more battery capacity than not enough. Another key parameter to calculate is the AC output (or Amps) needed when your solar system functions in “Standalone Mode”, all batteries have different outputs with/without the grid. Proper sizing is step one of our solar consultation, next is a quality design using reputable equipment, and finally the best way to purchase.

The question many new solar owners ask, “What size solar battery system do I need?”. Here’s the answer:

What Size Solar Battery Do I Need?

The best way to get all your questions answered is to schedule a consultation, during the consultation we will evaluate your usage and match a custom solar battery solution to your home.

Taking into consideration weather conditions, temperature and peak power demand are 3 important factors we account for in our custom solar battery hybrid systems. You need enough runtime in your battery bank to power your loads through low light conditions/at night and also proper AC Output to the loads. Undersizing your AC Output may cause your battery inverter to cycle on overload and/or trigger an overcurrent issue resulting in loss of power with possible damage to your equipment. A lot of “out of the box batteries” have output limitations that fail to meet the demand required when the battery cycles. Our consultation evaluates your needs sizing your solar and battery bank to provide the proper runtime matched to amps to power your loads when you need them the most.

Step One: Size the Solar

The solar array needs to be large enough to offset your utility usage and charge the battery bank, upsizing the solar a little is recommended for optimal performance in low light conditions. We always say “you’d rather have more than not enough”.

Check Your Energy Bill

If your home is grid-tied, finding your daily kWh usage is pretty simple and can be done using a power bill and our sizing tool. Sizing your solar array by kWh is much more accurate than going off the dollar amount of the monthly bill.

Use Our Solar System Sizing Tool

Our Solar System Sizing Tool
Off Grid Solar

Off-grid location? Our engineers can design a solar micro grid when utility power is too expensive or non existent, there are many variables to consider when looking at these types of systems and may be costs involved to accurately size and quote. We have extensive experience working on the outlying islands surrounding Florida with dozens of our solar offgrid designs providing power to homes in some of the most beautiful remote locations around. When you need reliable solar power make sure you’re dealing with an experienced contractor with a NABCEP certification and Solar license.

Step Two: Calculate the Battery Capacity You Need

Sizing the needed kWh in your battery bank is easy with our Battery Sizing Tool!
Battery Sizing Tool
There are 3 main parameters you’ll want to carefully compare when you’re shopping solar with battery backup;

  • kWh = Runtime or energy stored in the battery.
  • AC Output = Amps or peak power needed to start and run loads.
  • D.O.D. = Depth Of Discharge which is the usable energy in the battery bank
BATTERY BANKS AC Output
(Peak & Continuous)
D.O.D.
(Depth Of Discharge)
16 kWh 66 A @240V (10 Sec) | 33A @ 240V 100%
22 kWh 66 A @240V (10 Sec) | 33A @ 240V 100%
32 kWh 132 A @240V (10 Sec) | 66A @ 240V 100%
48 kWh 156 A @240V (60 Sec) | 84.99A @ 240V 100%

How Many Kwh Do I Need in My Battery Bank?

More than less! The kWh in a battery bank are used at night or in lowlight conditions when the solar production may not be enough to power the loads. An easy way to calculate this if you have a utility company is take your peak kWh usage and calculate 66%.

AC Output?

This parameter is often overlooked by off the shelf solutions and is just as important as the kWh in your bank. The peak power is the battery inverters ability to start and run your loads. Since all batteries are DC voltage (24-400V) we need to invert to usable AC voltage (120V-240V) to be compatible with the US grid and/or power loads. Our consultation is the best way to be sure your AC Output on your solar with battery backup is sized properly.

D.O.D. (Depth of Discharge)?

The depth of discharge indicates at what level the battery can discharge before recharging. With today’s lithium battery chemistry this range is usually between 80-100%. Some of the biggest names in batteries are on the lower end of this number while our custom battery banks have 100% D.O.D giving you more usable energy when you need it.

Safety Buffer (Days of Autonomy)

We always suggest making a safety buffer. By adding some reserve storage space, you’ll gain access to energy during cloudy days, the night, power outages, storms and other situations where your panels are struggling to generate enough energy.

You wouldn’t drive your car for hours with the gas light on, so why is your home any different?

Decide how many days of autonomy you want your solar system to be able to provide. Between one and two is usually wise. Don’t sell yourself short!

Can I Add a Battery to My Existing Solar System in Florida?

Yes! We can design an AC Coupled battery bank to retrofit your existing grid tied solar with battery backup. Our grid tied battery backup will cycle when the grid fails keeping your loads on through unexpected power interruptions. Here at Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” we make adding solar batteries to existing solar panels easy using no money out of pocket loans with rates between .99% – 2.99%.

  • No more paranoia about running out of electricity!
  • Full power, day and night!
  • Protection for storms, cloudy days and grid blackouts.
  • Low monthly payments!

How Long Will Solar With Batteries Last?

Solar battery technology has come a long way from Lead Acid batteries with short 3-4 year life expectancy and low depth of discharge (around 50%) to powerful Lithium Ion batteries with life expectancies of 20+ years and 100% depth of discharge. Lithium Ion batteries are extremely durable and require no maintenance giving them some of the longest lifespans of the batteries commercially available today.

Can Solar Battery Back-Ups Save Money?

Solar battery banks vs generators do save money in Florida! After factoring in the cost of fuel, maintenance, and life expectancy of a generator the solar with battery backup lasts twice as long with virtually no maintenance or costs after installed. You’ll also be significantly boosting your property value, not to mention solar with battery backup makes your home more attractive to prospective buyers should you decide to sell in the future.

2020 Is the Time to Act to Save Money!

As 2020 heads towards its conclusion, there is still time to save thousands of dollars. But act fast! After this year, you’ll no longer be able to get the massive 26% reductions through Federal Tax Credits.

For example, if your solar power installation in Florida costs $38,000, you can receive Solar Tax Credits of $9,880 in 2020. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, we have limited installation availability due to demand. Contact us now for a solar consultation and beat the deadline.

Solar Batteries in Florida

Contact Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” today to get started on your solar battery installation, or to receive expert advice on battery sizing and solar financing. We’ve helped homeowners and businesses throughout Florida transform their properties into one built for the future; now it’s your turn.

Why You Need Solar Power For Florida’s Hurricane Season

When hurricane season hits hard, millions of Florida residents are left in the dark with power outages. However, many people prepare and enjoy electricity by installing solar power storage systems. Here is a guide to why having your own solar battery bank is so important during Florida’s hurricane season:

The Benefits of Solar Battery Banks During Hurricanes

Picture this: A major hurricane arrives, it rips apart Florida’s electrical grid and leaves millions in the dark. It lasts days, maybe even weeks. Food perishes fast. People are stumbling around with torches, struggling to stay calm and their phones are dead.

But you’re prepared. You have a solar battery bank. The grid goes down and it kicks into action, supplying you with all the energy you need for fridges, lights and communication. Even at night, it provides you with electricity. When it starts to run low, even a cloudy day is enough to keep you safe. Finally, your energy bill reads just $11, the monthly utility charge.

Does Solar Power Work During Hurricanes?

If you have a solar power system with a battery bank or stand-alone inverter, then yes! Without that, your solar system will go down along with the grid to avoid back feeding power and causing electric shocks. That’s why solar battery banks are essential to keep your power on during Florida’s hurricane season!

Solar battery banks take excess solar energy and store it on-site, ready to be used whenever you want. Whenever there is light hitting the panels, energy is stored. If it’s a clear day, you can even feed excess electricity back into the grid and earn money!

Despite hurricanes bringing heavy cloud cover, solar panels can still absorb 25% of their capacity. The exact amount depends on how dark cloud cover is and the number of breaks in the clouds throughout the day. In general, it’s enough to keep your essential appliances running day and night.

Do Solar Panels Break During Florida’s Hurricanes?

Thankfully, the best solar power systems can withstand Florida’s hurricane season. High winds and heavy rain could potentially dislodge a solar panel, but by using high-quality materials and craftsmanship, we ensure they’re strong enough. Florida’s hurricane season is particularly brutal, so installation companies work hard to ensure their fixtures are strong enough and meet state regulations. The majority of solar panels should hold off winds of up to 170MPH.

Solar panels are also built from a mix of aluminum and glass, making them extremely waterproof. Even the heaviest of rainstorms won’t cause damage. Rain can actually be a positive, as it clears away dirt build-up and pollen, making them more efficient.

Unless you’re caught in one of the biggest hurricanes in history, or have a tree dangling above your panels, then you have no reason to worry about solar panel damage. Storms are one of the primary reasons that manufacturers make solar systems for.

Do Hail Storms Damage Solar Panels?

The best solar panels are known for being impressively resistant to hail storms. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory reported that only 0.1% of systems suffer damage every year. Manufacturers build their solar panels to last and that includes fighting off large hailstones that fall at 50MPH. Although you’ll see car windows shattering, your solar panels will stand firm.

Can Hurricane Debris Damage Solar Panels?

Hurricane debris tends to prove no match for solar panels. Tree branches, roof tiles and other common debris will bounce off. Of course, there are limits to what any material will take, but our solar panels are built to fight off all the dangers of hurricanes.

Why Do Some Solar Panels Break During Hurricanes?

Poor installation. It’s as simple as that. Cheap materials, bad tilt, undersized racks, inadequate bolts and clamp failures are just a few examples. Some solar companies cut corners and it’s the customers who suffer. Use a reputable Florida solar power installation company and you won’t regret it. Our panels have survived all of Florida’s hurricanes for over 25 years.

Most Homeowners’ Insurance Covers Solar Panels

In the unlikely event of your solar panels suffering damage, there is no reason to panic. Most homeowners’ insurance plans include solar panels as a permanent part of your home. That means they should be covered! We advise contacting your insurer before installation to see whether you’re covered and if not, to see if you can be.

Solar Power Protects Business Owners During Hurricanes

As we’ve already mentioned, the grid can be down for days or even weeks after a hurricane. Business owners with a solar battery bank can stay open, keep food fresh and process credit card payments when every other store is shut. Commercial solar power is rapidly on the rise and proves the difference between a closed store and an open store during hurricane season.

If you’re a business owner considering investing in commercial solar power, then contact us today to get started.

Florida Hurricane Statistics

2020 Is the Time to Act!

We won’t see solar power installation costs as inexpensive as 2020 for decades. That’s all thanks to Solar Tax credits. In 2020, you can save 26% on solar installation costs. But over the next two years, that figure will hit 0% (20% in 2021, 0% in 2022). 2020 is the time to act!

Solar Power Installation for Florida Hurricanes

If you want to keep your lights on during Florida’s hurricane season, then you need a solar battery bank. Contact Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” today to get started. We’ll provide you with expert advice on off-grid energy and how to make your home self sufficient. Prepare now before it’s too late!

FAQS About Florida Solar Battery Banks

Solar battery banks can ensure your home or business functions normally in the event of a hurricane, utility outage or grid failure. Whether you’re looking to add battery storage to your existing Florida solar system or you’re a newcomer to self-sustainability looking for guaranteed power when the grid fails – we’ve got you covered.

What is a Solar Battery Bank?

A solar system equipped with a backup battery provides you with the ability to use electricity even when the grid is down. With a solar battery storage and backup inverter, your home or business won’t suffer a blackout during hurricane seasons or any other cause of power loss.

Frequently Asked Questions about Solar Battery Storage

Now let’s field some questions from our followers in the Florida area, who are shopping for Florida Solar Battery Banks.

Will my solar system power my home or business when the grid fails?

~Janice in Clearwater

A: Only if you have a battery bank in your system. Without that, solar systems shut down along with the grid to avoid back feeding power and potentially shocking a utility worker. So, solar battery storage is what you need! It must fit your existing system properly.

I had another company quote me and they told me one battery was enough to run my entire house in an outage, I’m wondering if this is true?

~Jimmy, S. Tampa

A: Great question, Jimmy. The two biggest variables you need to consider when shopping for a solar battery bank systems are:

1. How many kWh a day does your home/business consume mid-summer?

  • Example = July bill 1,200 kWh / 31 = Daily usage 38.7 kWh
  • This would bring your recommended battery bank size to roughly 40 kWh at 95% Depth Of Discharge.
  • This would 4 – 10 kWh Enphase Encharge Batteries

2. What is the peak amp draw of the loads?

  • This can be determined with an amp clamp at your load center or if you have an energy monitor like Sense.
  • You’ll be able to pull up this data online.
  • Match the peak amp draw to the peak AC output of the battery bank.
  • In this example, the peak output of 4 – 10 kWh Charges is 95A for 10 seconds.

How do I make sure my solar contractor is reputable and experienced?

~Bill in St Petersburg

A popular question here and a very important one given the failure rate of Florida solar companies. We’ve been in the industry long enough to know the obvious signs of a legit company and those that let you down. Here’s what we suggest:

  • Look up the company on SunBiz.org, check how long they’ve been in business.
  • Confirm the owner of the business is also the license holder, you can check the license number on the DBPR website.
  • There’s always the Better Business Bureau, look for complaints and ratings.
  • See what people are saying on Google reviews and social media.
  • Check certifications, look for the Florida solar license “CV” and or NABCEP certification – it should be listed on their website. Don’t use uncertified companies.
  • Be wary of other home improvements being bundled into the solar package with unquantifiable savings promises.
  • Check their experience level. At least 10 years of experience is needed to prove they’re not going to collapse at any moment like Brevard Solar did.

How long can Solar Battery Bank systems run when the grid fails?

~Richard in Bradenton

A properly sized solar battery bank system, with adequate sunlight and a healthy life expectancy, should keep you running with independent electricity for 10-15 years. That should be more than enough to keep you safe during any disastrous events.

Can a Solar Battery Bank be installed anywhere on my property?

~Tom in Palm Harbor

Solar battery banks can be installed inside and outside. Still, they’re quite large and require some decision making for practicality, protection and aesthetics. We can help advise you with this.

Can I add solar battery storage to my existing solar system?

~Lucy in East Tampa

Yes, we frequently add solar battery banks to existing solar systems.

Why would I need solar battery storage?

~Phoebe in Riverview

There are three answers to this question – a reduced energy bill, a reduced carbon footprint and protection for electricity outages.

Solar battery storage allows you to use the sun’s light even at night, as it’s been stored up in the battery all day, waiting to be used for FREE. That results in a far cheaper energy bill and far less fossil fuel energy

If the hurricane season hits badly and destroys power lines, a solar battery bank will keep your lights on, your food fresh and your family safe.

In terms of long term threats, sadly, we have more than a global pandemic to prepare for – we have the climate crisis. That is likely to cripple the fossil fuel industry and cause electricity prices to skyrocket, or even bring the nation’s energy to a grinding halt. With a solar battery bank, you’re protecting yourself from these scenarios by ensuring you have power at all times.

Is it true that after 2020, Florida solar installation costs will rise?

~Pete in Citrus Park

Yes! In 2020, you can save 26% on solar installation costs thanks to Solar Tax credits. However, over the next two years that figure will hit 0% (20% in 2021, 0% in 2022). In fact, we might be looking at the cheapest price for solar installation for decades. 2020 is the time to act!

Will a solar battery work on a cloudy day?

~Daniel in Highpoint

Yes! In fact, this is when they can be most useful. Without a solar battery storage you could be using grid energy on cloudy days. But with a battery, you can get a decent amount of energy to reduce your bills and carbon footprint.

Find a Florida Solar Installation Company Near Me

If you’re looking for a solar battery bank installation in Florida, then contact Florida Power Services “The Solar Power Company” today to get started. We’ll provide you with expert advice on off-grid energy, financing and plans to make your home a clean energy home of the future. Protect your home now before it’s too late!