A solar battery is not the same thing as a solar panel. It converts solar radiation into electricity, but also stores electricity for when you need it. They are designed to maximise your solar power consumption.
Are They Cost Effective?
One thing you should be made aware of before deciding to power-up your property with solar panels, is that there is a high chance you won’t be able to rely solely on the panels for all your electricity needs. However, by storing your unused energy until you need it, the solar battery reduces the amount of electricity you need to purchase from the grid. This makes it a more cost-effective solution.
You may even be able to sell some of your unused energy back to the grid, giving you extra pocket money to spend on whatever you like. It could become a passive income, although you shouldn’t expect it to be a get-rich-quick scheme.
So, what’s the catch? The main catch here is that the upfront cost of a solar battery can be expensive. However, if you calculate the return on investment, you should be able to decide whether having one installed would be cost-effective for your particular property. Need help deciding? The team of solar panel installation experts at Bailey Electrical are on hand to offer their expertise.
How is the solar battery charged?
Like with all batteries, a solar battery also needs to be charged in order to work. But where does it get its power source from? Well, the solar battery gets its power supply either from your solar panels or from the grid at off-peak times. Charging off-peak ensures that your costs are kept down.
How much electricity can a solar battery store?
Many battery systems come with a fixed storage capacity starting at around 2 – 14 kWh. However, you can increase this capacity by having extra battery modules built onto the system.