A Battery Storage System Saves Solar Power for When You Need It the Most

We know it’s hard to imagine, but the holidays are upon us. Before we know it, family and friends will be gathering for celebrations that last long into the evenings. Are you ready? One of the aspects homeowners may only consider once it’s too late is the power that keeps the lights, heat, and entertainment up and running. 

In addition to extreme weather events, power outages can occur when PGE proactively turns off electricity in the interest of public safety. Of course, sometimes it’s simply mechanical failures, like in May 2022, when 1,500 homes and businesses lost power in Santa Rosa after an underground cable failed. Statewide rotating power outages may also become more common as temperatures rise and create more frequent extreme heat events.

The good news is that integrating a battery storage system into your Santa Rosa, CA, home can keep your home up and running, reduce your reliance on the power grid, and lower your energy bills. Let’s explore the makings of a battery storage system. 

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What Is a Battery Storage System?

In the past, the problem with solar energy was that it’s only available when the sun is shining during the daytime. When the sun comes out, solar cells start generating solar power, often more than a home needs. Now this surplus solar power can be stored in batteries.

This enables homeowners to use clean energy in the evenings or during peak periods when rates are higher. According to Bosch, a reputable engineering and technology company, up to 70% of a home’s energy demand can be met with solar power when using a battery storage system.

What Is Energy Management? 

When integrated with an energy management system, you can monitor energy usage trends and control every circuit in your home. Optimize your energy usage and, with one press of a button, disconnect from the power grid or activate a scenario that sends clean energy to certain circuits. 

Energy scenes can be triggered automatically, such as in the event of an outage, an approaching storm, or avoiding peak usage rates. The system also prioritizes the use of renewable and stored energy. For example, if a severe wind storm is expected, the system prioritizes charging the battery to 100% and reserves it in case of a power outage. 

We can even program various off-grid scenes so when the power goes out, you simply tap a button to keep the energy on where it’s needed, such as turning on the kitchen circuits while you’re baking Christmas cookies or illuminating your living room while putting up the decorations. When power is restored you’ll be notified, and your system will automatically return to its usual settings.

At Summit Technology Group, we provide home automation, electrical, and renewable energy solutions in Santa Rosa and across the Napa Valley. Whether you’re looking to build a smart home or set up an energy management system, our team of experts is here to help. To learn more about battery storage and renewable energy solutions or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Summit Technology Group today.