September 8, 2023

Is Battery Storage and Solar Integration the Right Choice for Your Needs?


5 Min. Read

The energy landscape is changing, and with an increased focus on sustainability, prosumers are becoming more common and more capable with regard to electricity generation and energy management. Solar power is an important element of this transition and in the rise of prosumers – but efficiently storing the electricity generated remains a challenge.

Battery storage bridges this gap, unlocking solar energy’s full potential. This article explores battery storage and solar power integration, demonstrating its benefits for sustainable, cost-effective home energy management.

Battery Storage Reduces Your Dependence on the Grid

Understanding the benefits of battery storage integration is key to deciding if it fits your family’s needs. Here are key considerations when it comes to electrifying your home with battery storage:

Enhances Energy Independence and Cost Savings

Battery storage enables you to enhance energy independence and cut costs. The system stores excess energy from solar panels, ensuring uninterrupted power for your home appliances, electric vehicles (EVs), and general power needs.

Energy independence additionally offers financial security and potential energy expense savings. The financial benefits depend on your home’s location, your family’s energy consumption patterns, and the incentives available in your state. In high-rate areas with battery incentives, the payback period could be around five years, contributing to financial help.

Your home’s battery storage value extends beyond finances. For example, storage provides backup power during grid disruptions, which is invaluable if you are in a pinch and need backup power straightaway. This aspect emphasizes the crucial importance of maintaining a reliable electricity supply for smooth energy usage.

Provides Flexibility and Freedom from Grid Reliance

A battery storage system gives homeowners flexibility, enabling an effective balance of electricity loads and optimal energy usage. You’re able to manage your energy resources efficiently and adapt to changing power demands.

Energy storage also plays a crucial role in “firming” solar generation. With firming, you can utilize short-term storage to lessen the impact of sudden changes in solar output, such as disruptions caused by passing clouds. Battery storage helps maintain a consistent and reliable electrical supply by providing a buffer. This added benefit ensures uninterrupted operations.

Readily available energy storage also offers resilience during grid outages, providing backup power to keep critical appliances operational and essential services running smoothly. In the event of an electrical disruption, such as a primary grid outage, solar and storage systems can seamlessly transition to supplying power to your family.

Additionally, battery storage enables microgrids to function as localized power networks, allowing homeowners to create and control their own energy systems for increased resilience. These microgrids can store excess energy during periods of high production and then distribute it during times of higher demand.

This means that even during power outages or fluctuations from the main grid, there’s a reliable supply of stored power. This advantage gives homeowners flexibility in managing their energy use, potentially reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Moreover, these microgrids also support the integration of renewable energy sources, like solar or wind, enhancing sustainability and lessening environmental impact.

Battery storage supports small-scale applications, including mobile or portable power units. This support further enhances flexibility and freedom from primary grid reliance.

Combining Batteries with Solar Integration Can Provide a Continuous Power Supply

Solar integration focuses on maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of solar panels. This powerful combination offers numerous benefits for homeowners seeking to optimize their energy usage by allowing them to unlock the full potential of solar and ensure a continuous power supply through solar and battery storage integration.

The Full Potential of Solar

Solar integration maximizes the benefits of your solar panels by seamlessly integrating them into your home energy system. Accounting for factors like the panel orientation, tilt angle, shading analysis, and optimal placement ensures peak solar performance.

Remember, shade drastically diminishes your home’s solar panel performance and substantially reduces output, significantly impacting the installation’s overall efficiency. They need to face the right direction to get the most power from solar panels. Pointing them toward the south is often best because this direction gets the most sunlight. But again, the best orientation depends on your electricity usage patterns and pricing structures.

Solar Integration Maximizes Efficiency

Solar integration benefits efficiency and energy utilization, including:

  • Battery storage uses daytime-generated electricity in the evening, reducing grid reliance while providing continuous power.
  • Storage uses low-cost energy, protecting against rate increases. Excess energy can be sold back for credit.
  • Solar-plus-storage tracks real-time energy generation and usage.

Integrated solar systems with battery storage costs typically fall between $25,000 and $35,000, varying based on factors such as battery size and number of batteries installed. Simultaneous installation of panels and batteries is extremely cost-effective, as well.

Battery Storage Technology Is Evolving

Home battery storage technology is rapidly evolving, driving significant advancements in affordability and efficiency. Innovations in battery chemistry, such as higher energy density and longer lifespan in lithium-ion batteries, have contributed to these improvements.

Intelligent battery management systems optimize charging and discharging cycles, improving overall performance. The integration of smart grid technologies enhances communication and coordination between renewable energy sources, battery storage systems, and the electrical grid. This integration allows you to store excess energy that you can use whenever your home needs an electric boost, promoting energy self-sufficiency and resilience.

Falling battery costs and various state and federal incentives support battery storage adoption. You can benefit from rebates, tax credits, and grants, while federal incentives such as the Investment Tax Credit apply 30% of your solar system’s cost to your federal tax bill.

Explore Battery Storage and Solar Integration Solutions for Your Home with Qmerit

Exploring battery storage and solar integration for your home can be challenging as you take into account all of the various factors to ensure your energy needs can be met, but Qmerit makes it easy.

With the largest network of certified electrical contractors for electrification needs and services in North America, and with over 37,000 battery storage installations, 450,000 Level 2 EV charger installations, and 81,000 solar system integrations, no one is more trusted or experience than Qmerit when it comes to electrification. Our team can help you determine if battery storage is suitable for your home and help you find the best solution for your needs.

The latest advancements in battery storage technology require an installer who can offer personalized guidance based on your needs. From start to finish, Qmerit can assist you in assessing battery storage suitability for your home, evaluating your energy requirements, and installing the optimal energy efficiency and cost savings solution in your home. 

Learn about PowerHouse by Qmerit – solar and home electrification solutions that enable you to live more independently, sustainably and cost-effectively.

Author: Greg Sowder

Greg Sowder

President, Qmerit Network