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Choosing the Right Battery for Solar Systems: What to Know

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In the age of renewable energy, solar power stands out as a reliable and sustainable solution. Michigan Solar Solutions is dedicated to helping homeowners and businesses take control of their power, beat rising electricity costs, and contribute to a greener energy future. One essential component of a robust solar system is the right battery backup.

In this blog, we will explore the importance of choosing the right battery for your solar system and how it can enhance your energy independence.

Understanding Battery Options

When it comes to choosing a battery for solar systems, Michigan Solar Solutions offers several types of systems: critical load backup or whole home backup for the short term or long term are the main options. You also have the option to get a battery for rate arbitrage, when you store your power for relatively short periods. Extra power goes to the battery–not the grid. When your usage exceeds your solar power production, it is sent back to the home from the battery. This is typically programmed to act this way when the rates are the highest, keeping you from buying the most expensive power. Most customers have their battery programmed for both backup and rate arbitrage; this is the best of both worlds.  

Critical Load Back-Up

Critical Load back-up is where your batteries ensure a continuous power supply to critical appliances and medical equipment, providing peace of mind and increased energy security. Most people will back-up refrigerators, sump pumps, well pumps, furnace blower motors, kitchen circuits, bedroom circuits, and a bathroom circuit. You have the power to decide what is critical for you and your family. 

Whole Home Back-Up

As the name implies, this means that everything in the household is backed up. That said, there are positives and negatives of a whole home back-up. The main upside is that the power switches automatically within a millisecond when the grid goes down, backing up your whole home. The downside is that a whole home back-up must have a larger battery, which means a higher cost. 

The Advantages of a Battery for Solar Systems

Enhanced Energy Resilience

During a power outage, batteries act as a reliable energy source, ensuring that critical appliances continue to operate. By considering the potential consequences of an electricity outage and the additional expenses that may arise, you can proactively protect your home and loved ones by investing in a grid-tied battery backup system.

Improved Energy Management

Integrating batteries into your solar system allows for strategic energy deployment. By storing excess energy generated during sunny periods, you can optimize energy usage during cloudy days or at night. This intelligent energy management helps maximize your annual solar savings by reducing the amount of energy sent back to the grid, where it may receive a lesser value than the retail rate. Embracing a battery backup system allows you to take full control of your energy production and consumption, leading to greater financial benefits.

Michigan Solar Solutions is proud to be your top destination for going solar and taking ownership of your power. Contact us to get a FREE solar analysis and learn more about how we can help you make the transition today!

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