As solar power becomes increasingly popular, more homeowners are exploring how they can store more of the energy their solar panels generate with battery storage. In fact, the U.S. was the second biggest energy storage market last year and residential homes played a large role.
Dan Glaser, a senior sales engineer for Panasonic, says that a desire by homeowners to be more self-sufficient is driving the demand for energy storage.
“Some of the interest is from homeowners who want access to backup power during grid outages,” he says. “In other cases, people are interested in strategically using stored power, especially if they live in areas where they can’t put it back on the grid.”
An energy storage system, which is an on-site unit for storing energy generated by your solar panels, makes this possible. Glaser says that asking these key questions before you buy ensures you find the right system for your home and budget.
This article answers these 4 important questions:
1. What components do you need for a proper battery storage system?
2. AC or DC battery storage?
3. How much power do you need to store?
4. Are there ways to decrease the cost?