Store Energy Created from the Sun, Wind, Water, and the Power Grid

In May 2022, California energy officials issued a warning, preparing residents for potential blackouts as the state’s energy grid faces a possible summer shortfall. Challenges include wildfires that cut off transmission lines, extreme heat events, and drought.

The good news is that California leads the U.S. in generating renewable energy and is the top producer of solar and geothermal energy. More good news: At Summit Technology Group, we provide homeowners in Healdsburg, CA, with an energy storage system that ensures they have power despite California’s energy grid shortfalls.

These are easily managed, and less expensive than homeowners imagine. Let’s explore what they entail and how to ensure your home is up and running during an outage.

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What Is an Energy Storage System?

Today’s homes are reducing their reliance on failing power grids by creating energy storage systems. These systems store excess solar, wind turbine, or hydroelectricity energy in electric batteries. These batteries can also be used to store electricity from the grid, allowing you to acquire power when the rates are lower.

While backup generators can keep your home up and running during an emergency, battery storage allows homeowners to power critical appliances like refrigerators for an extended time.

What Is Energy Automation?

As electricians and home automation experts, many of our clients live in smart homes. These homes rely on a steady supply of electricity to operate at their peak and control all the systems of the house, including security, lighting, climate, AV equipment, and more.

Energy automation combines home automation and energy management. At Summit Technology Group, we partner with top brands in both tech solutions. One of these brands is Control4. Its home automation system allows clients to manage their smart devices, increasing resiliency during power outages and managing clean energy usage. In 2019, Lumin, a grid technology company, partnered with Sonnen, an intelligent residential energy storage systems developer, and Control4, to deliver the next elevel in energy storage technology.

The user-friendly Control4 interface allows homeowners know each circuit’s power consumption. When an outage occurs, they can disable specific circuits and optimize their backup battery usage. Sonnen’s ecoLinx energy ecosystem integrates with residential solar and energy storage and manages how energy is consumed, maximizing clean energy usage during peak periods.

For example, should a power outage occur, the ecoLinx provides backup power to the main panel. Control4 activates the customized backup, keeping commonly used devices on until battery reserves are below a certain level. At this point, only essential devices are powered.

In essence, these systems can manage stored energy and grid power, reacting to severe weather conditions, outages, and time-of-use pricing to offer security and savings while reducing a home’s carbon footprint.

At Summit Technology Group, we design and install backup power systems. Generators and battery backup systems can offer affordable, viable options. As state-certified journeyman electricians, solar panel installers, and home automation experts, we’re uniquely qualified to create storage and energy monitoring systems that are easy to control. To learn more about energy storage or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Summit Technology Group today.