Going Off-Grid with an Energy Storage System
Energy storage systems are fast becoming a popular investment for many homes or businesses that have, or are installing solar. With exciting technologies already on the market, including the Tesla Powerwall, and LG RESU, it would appear as if energy independence is finally within grasp for many. Yet do these technologies make you independent from the grid, and how essential is it to generate all of your own energy? These are some of the more frequently asked questions regarding energy storage systems, which we hope to answer for you below.
Do energy storage systems make you free from the grid?
Energy storage systems allow home or business owners to capture any excess energy they create through their solar PV and save it for use at a later time, such as during periods of bad weather, or at times of high-use. This process can allow these consumers to become more energy independent, however may not directly make them independent from the grid, unless their system is designed to do so. What is most common, is for consumers to use a solar battery alongside the grid for electricity, generating an average of 80% of their own energy, and using the grid when needed.
The main focus regarding going off-grid, is to note that it is not an added feature, but rather a lifestyle choice. Without the use of the grid’s electricity for periods of high-usage, consumers need to become more conscious of their energy consumption, including being more aware of which appliances they use, how often, and when. This process will not suit everyone, with many home or business owners wishing to still have the freedom of energy consumption, especially during periods of low solar generation. In this instance, these consumers will benefit from using an energy storage system, as well as back-up energy from the grid, allowing them to become more energy independent, but still have the grid as a safety-net.
That being said, some consumers would benefit from living off-grid, with many having homes or businesses that are in remote areas, incur high electricity costs, not able to receive grid power, or have a lifestyle that supports low energy usage. In these instances solar energy systems would benefit these consumers, and would allow them to have a more reliable source of electricity. With consideration and careful planning, systems can be designed to allow for greater energy independence.
If you are considering energy storage systems, or are weighing up if you want to go off-grid, contact SolarHub today to discuss your options.
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