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June 12, 2024

Solar Panels and Power Outages

A common question that many solar power installation professionals get is what happens with a solar system when the power goes out. What many people are surprised to hear is that a solar system will not be able to keep the lights on during a power outage especially if it is tied into the grid. By default, a power system that is tied into the grid will go out during any power outage. Luckily there are some systems that you can install with your solar panels to make sure that they can still generate power independently of the grid.

Panels will create electricity and this is half of the piece of the puzzle that is solar power. Without access to storage, the energy that your panels are producing is lost immediately. Solar owners are able to connect their system to the public utility grid through net metering but as the energy gets sent into the grid, you’ll only produce utility credits. Installing a battery-powered backup will make sure that you can keep a portion of the power to yourself and access it when the power goes out.

Tying into the grid can be extremely helpful for the homeowner but the drawback of having your system consistently hooked into the grid is that it remained susceptible to power outages. Having a backup power package will cost you several thousand dollars but it can be essential if you have a business that needs access to ongoing power or you need a reliable source of power at home. Keeping essential appliances such as oxygen pumps and more can be crucial and well worth the extra cost.

If you’re interested in learning more about battery backups for your solar power system, contact us today. We can help you determine the best type of battery backup that will be suited for your home power generation system!

This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is one of the top solar companies in St Petersburg FL! Our licensed and certified contractor are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!

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