Installing a solar energy system on your home’s roof can reduce or eliminate your reliance on the utility company for power. This grants you a level of independence as you generate your own energy. Additionally, during times when you generate excess power, your system will send it back to the grid. To learn more about this process, visit our Solar PV page.
By incorporating additional technology, a rooftop solar energy system can expand its capabilities and provide greater independence for homeowners from the utility company. Adding energy storage through batteries allows for the solar system’s power to be utilized at different times, allowing for excess kilowatt-hours to be saved and used later, rather than being sent back to the utility or wasted.
Think about the battery in your car. When you are driving, your battery charges. This allows you to use devices like your radio without starting the engine. Similarly, a solar power system functions as an engine and alternator that charges your batteries and powers your home. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, homeowners often consider energy storage with batteries for two reasons: to maintain power during local blackouts (Battery Backup/Emergency Power) and to become completely independent from the utility (100% Off-Grid).
Power outages can be frustrating, particularly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania where they can occur at inconvenient times or last longer than expected. When Atlantic Coast storms disrupt the power grid, some homes may experience prolonged outages. However, the use of solar panels and batteries can provide greater independence and control during these situations.
Systems can be designed to automatically switch to an emergency mode or require homeowner action, but they typically do not allow full operation of everything in the home. However, critical appliances and conveniences can be supported, including:
To better prepare for power outages, visit our battery backup systems page or contact us directly with any questions.
With a well-designed solar energy system and battery storage, it’s possible to disconnect entirely from the grid and local utility. However, relying solely on solar power is an ambitious goal that requires careful planning and expert design.
We encourage off-grid customers to develop energy usage strategies that optimize their systems. This approach requires skill and experience since grid power is not an option. Energy conservation and efficiency should be incorporated into daily routines to avoid exceeding the system’s capacity. Maximizing this type of system provides families with a sense of self-sufficiency and minimizes their environmental impact. We offer expert consultation to inform decision-making and provide insight into the impact of an off-grid solar energy system on your lifestyle.
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