Power outages can be disastrous, especially if you have a sick person at home who uses an electricity-dependent medical device or assistive technology. If your area experiences frequent power outages, consider a solar battery backup in Sonoma County that will provide backup power when your regular power source fails.
There are several benefits of solar battery backups. A solar battery backup system can help you reduce your carbon footprint.
How Does a Solar Battery Backup System Function?
When your solar panels produce more energy than you need, the excess energy is stored in your battery. The system utilizes this surplus energy to power your appliances during power outages.
Solar batteries are either AC or DC coupled. In an AC-coupled battery system, the solar inverter converts DC to AC, then a second inverter in the battery converts AC back to DC to be stored in the battery. During a grid power outage, the battery inverter converts DC back to AC to power your loads.
With a DC-coupled battery system, DC is produced by the solar panels and stored in the battery. During a grid power outage, the inverter converts DC to AC to power your loads.
The federal government and many state governments currently provide incentives to homeowners for using solar battery backups. These incentives include federal tax credit and state and utility rebates.
The federal solar tax credit allows homeowners who install a solar energy system in 2021 to deduct 22 percent of the cost of installing the system from their federal taxes.
Only a homeowner whose battery is charged 75 percent or more by a solar system qualifies for this benefit.
The state of California offers incentives to businesses and homeowners for making green choices. The California Public Utilities Commission operates the Self Generation Incentive Program or SGIP. The program provides incentives on distributed energy resources to both businesses and homeowners.
Adding a Battery Backup System After a Solar Installation is Complete
Adding a battery backup after a solar installation is possible. The level of difficulty will depend on whether your system was designed to include a solar battery backup system.
If you have a solar-ready system with an inverter, installing a solar battery backup system should be a fairly easy task. If, on the other hand, your system was not designed to include a solar battery backup system, the installation maybe complicated.
Whatever the case, hire an experienced installer for installation. Before your installer gets to work, share important details about your system with them.
Summit Technology Group can help identify which incentives and rebates are available for you.
Do you need help with choosing the right battery backup for your home in Sonoma County? Look no further than Summit Technology Group. Our experts will explain the pros and cons of every option, helping you make informed decisions. To consult our team, call 707-542-4773.