Back-up plans put us at ease.
Have you ever gone into an exam with at least two sets of pencils, two calculators, two sets of pens, and an eraser? Don’t be embarrassed if you have because quite frankly, it’s a good feeling to be prepared.
If one fails, then at least you have back-up, right?
Back-up systems play the same role in the solar industry. In the case that a power outage occurs, an installed back-up system can provide the owner with security and peace of mind.
Most residential homes with solar systems do not have battery back-up systems by choice. The reason could be that they live in an area that hardly has power outages and in the case that they do, the outages last no more than a few minutes to a few hours.
Weather could also play a factor in the decision making process for this additional hardware. If you live in an area that can be stormy at certain times of the year, a back-up system may actually be a good idea. The ultimate decision is really up to you.
The utility company, in a way, serves as a battery back-up provider since surplus energy that is produced by your solar panels during the day can be delivered back to you at night or when needed.
If it is determined that a back-up system is essential or desired by the owner, a battery back-up system can be made available at an extra cost.
A large battery back-up can store several days worth of power, whereas a small battery back-up can be made to supply power for several days for a few selected appliances, such as a refrigerator.
Do you need back-up?
This is a great question that should definitely be discussed with your installer.
At The Solar Company, if it is assessed and determined that you would like to have a back-up system or a stand-alone energy solution, a design that fits your needs can be made and installed for you. Depending on the type of solution, a gas (propane, natural gas, diesel, etc.) generator or battery-backup system are options.
The size of the back-up system is usually dependent on the power load, but the space required usually takes up 10-20 sq. ft. Venting may also be necessary to keep the system cool.
Of course, the ultimate decision is always yours, but we definitely want to inform you of any pros and cons that may be associated with adding the back-up. These factors may include but are not limited to cost, necessity, desire, and system complexity.
Since solar panels have very little maintenance required and usually has decently long warranties the investment to purchase or lease solar panels to begin with is positive.
Once the decision has been made to go solar or even if you’re merely interested in the possibility of going solar, it’s important and encouraged to address any concerns that you may have so that we can provide you with the best system matching your needs and wants.
With a free consultation, The Solar Company can assess your home, answer your questions, and help you determine whether solar is right for you. Energy analysis and site analysis is FREE!