The cherry on top to completing your solar panel system would be adding a back up battery that will protect your home or business in the event of an outage. A battery works by storing energy for later use during a power outage, or cycling your energy for maximized self consumption in the evening or night. In contrast, with off-grid systems, multiple batteries come into play to completely back up your property as you wouldn't be relying on solar net metering. An existing or newly installed solar system running on inverter brands such as SolarEdge or Pika Energy are compatible and ready for a battery upgrade.
Do I need a battery for solar? While it's not required to have a battery to go solar, it's an attractive option and highly recommended for clients looking for maximum benefits. Common reasons for a battery backup include protecting critical necessities such as internet, light, communication, medical and accessibility devices. In addition, a battery upgrade can highly complement an EV charger if you have an electric vehicle such as a Tesla by providing power from your own system.
Article by: Juan Carmona