TEXAS SOLAR BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE
By James Kennedy, Founder and President Beach Cities Solar Consulting LLC
Texas solar battery storage has become an extremely hot topic, particularly after the Winter storm last year that left millions without electricity. Before these grid blackouts were experienced, most Texas homeowners would install a “grid-tied” solar system to save money. However, due to the electrical utility blackouts energy storage has become more and more popular for Texas homeowners who want to ensure that they have electricity even when the electric grid is not functioning. This is accomplished by pairing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system with a battery energy storage system (BESS).
How Solar Batteries Work
Solar batteries work by capturing energy produced by your solar panels and storing it for future use. When you install a solar battery as part of your home solar system, you store solar electricity in the battery at your home instead of sending it back to the grid. Later, when your solar panels are not producing electricity (on cloudy/rainy days or at night), you can draw down the energy you stored earlier in your battery. You will only send electricity back to the grid when your battery is fully charged, and you will only draw electricity from the grid when your battery is depleted.
Critical Loads Backup
The main purpose of Texas solar battery storage in home solar applications is to provide energy resiliency. Common critical loads that we see backed up are for home offices, kitchen appliances, security systems, audio visual systems, lighting, bedrooms, and even wine cellars! Critical loads that are too big to back up include electric vehicle charging outlets, pool pumps, and air conditioning.
Solar batteries are eligible for the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit. Adding a Texas solar battery to your home solar system will typically add between two to five years of time to the payback period to recoup your investment (based upon the size of your battery). If you are financing your purchase, it will reduce the savings received compared to a regular grid tied home solar system, but you can rest easy at night knowing that even in the event of a natural disaster or utility forced grid outage your critical loads will keep running.
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