Solar produced about 4.7% of all electricity in the US in 2022.
Solar energy wasn’t always a viable solution in the past, but the technology is improving quickly. Every year it becomes a more viable solution, and with that, more people are turning to it for their energy needs. It’s now not uncommon for people to install solar panels on their homes to produce energy.
Many people are still unaware of solar energy storage, however. If you’re asking “How does solar energy storage work?”, keep reading. This guide will cover everything you need to know.
How Does Solar Energy Storage Work?
If you have a solar energy system on your property or are planning to install one, a solar battery is definitely worth considering. Solar battery storage will help you make the most out of your solar system.
There are different forms of home energy storage when it comes to solar energy, and batteries are the most common. Solar panels absorb solar energy, converting it into electricity which will power your home. If they don’t generate enough energy, you’ll still be able to draw some power from the grid, but if they generate an excess amount, it needs somewhere to go.
You may be able to sell this back to the grid, and you’ll be paid for any extra energy you produce. If you have a solar system battery, excess energy will charge it.
You can then use this energy when your panels aren’t generating power such as during bad weather or at night. The process that charges the battery is reversed, discharging the battery to your home.
This will allow you to use solar energy even when there’s no sunlight. Having a solar battery is one of the best ways to make your system more efficient.
The Benefits of Solar Battery Storage
You don’t have to have a solar battery, but in almost all cases, it’s worthwhile. They offer a range of benefits that anyone with a solar energy system will appreciate.
Balancing Electric Loads
When electricity is generated, it either needs to be stored or used immediately. Having a battery allows you to store this energy for later use.
This is especially beneficial for solar systems as they can only generate power when there’s sunshine. The battery will store power when generation is higher than demand, and release it when demand is higher than generation.
Most people rely on the grid for electricity, and while it’s generally quite reliable, blackouts can happen. These can be major issues for some people, so being able to mitigate them is ideal.
Having a solar battery will ensure your home still has power even if there’s an issue with the grid. Your lights will stay on, your appliances will keep running, and you’ll be able to stay comfortable at all times.
Consistent Energy Supply
Some people have a solar energy system but don’t opt for a battery. This isn’t without its benefits, but there are some drawbacks here. If your home is drawing power from your solar panels, all it takes is a passing cloud to cause a disruption.
A system with a solar battery will automatically draw power from the battery in such a situation. This means there will be no gaps in your solar energy use, so things will keep running seamlessly.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
One of the biggest benefits of using solar energy is that it’s better for the environment. Using renewable resources rather than relying on the grid will reduce your fossil fuel usage, and therefore your impact on the environment.
The more efficient and reliable your system is, the smaller your carbon footprint will be. Ultimately, this means that your solar system and battery won’t just benefit you, but the whole planet.
Lower Energy Bills
Utility bills can vary depending on location and provider, but most people have experienced increases in recent years. No one likes paying energy bills, so being able to lower them is always a good thing.
Using solar energy will reduce your energy consumption, and including a battery will reduce it even further. As such, you’ll be paying less for electricity every month.
Some people aren’t too keen on solar installations due to how much they cost. With time, however, the savings on utility bills will more than make up for it.
Increased Home Value
A home that has a solar energy system is more appealing to buyers – especially young buyers (who make up a large portion of the market). If you decide to sell your home, you’ll have a much easier time (and get a better price) as you have a feature that a lot of people will be interested in.
Why Chariot Energy?
If you have a solar energy system installed, don’t let any of your energy go to waste. You should set up a solar energy buyback plan so that you can sell any excess power that you generate.
Chariot Energy provides some of the most competitive rates in Texas. We can offer a fixed-rate plan so you know how much you’ll be able to make from the extra power you produce. Texas can get a lot of sunshine, so with an efficient system, you could end up making a good amount of extra cash.
You can sign up for our Rise & Shine and Lumen and Radiant solar energy buyback plans if you have a solar system, or if you have plans to install one in the next few months. With these pans, we’ll credit 100% of the excess KWHs your panels produce.
Your Solar Buyback Plan
Now, you no longer need to ask “How does solar energy storage work?”, you just need to determine how you’ll proceed. Setting up a buyback plan with Chariot Energy can be a great choice as it will ensure you’re getting the best rate for any excess energy your home produces.
You can find your plan on our website by entering some simple details. Don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or our online chat module if you have any questions.