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Day to Night: How Solar Battery Backup Systems Keep Your Home Running

Does being stranded without electricity during blackouts keep you up at night?

In Southern California, power outages and rolling blackouts are a frequent occurrence, often interrupting our daily lives, particularly during severe weather events.

Luckily, the ultimate Solar and Battery package is finally here, only from Option One Solar. In this article, we’ll delve into the advantages of owning these systems and their ability to maintain your home’s functionality during power failures.

We’ll also examine the optimal pairing of solar battery backup systems with solar panels and offer guidance for selecting the ideal system for your residence.

Don’t wait for the next blackout to consider upgrading your home – continue reading to discover how you can power up your savings with solar with battery backup!

How Solar Battery Backup Systems Work

The systems are separate from the solar panels and inverter and are connected to the main electrical panel of the house.

Most of the residential solar systems today use Enphase Micro Inverter, which converts the solar energy from DC to AC via your home solar PV system; thus, pairing a battery backup system such as Tesla Powerwall will be streamlined and simple. 

Tesla Powerwall 2 and Powerwall + are both AC-coupled battery systems. They are more flexible and can be installed with existing solar panels and inverters, making them a popular option for retrofitting.

Option One Solar provides exclusive full service while you go solar. We help homeowners with smart energy solutions for modern living that reduces the reliance on the grid.

How Solar Battery Backup Systems Work During Blackouts

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With the electrical grid in California being so old and poorly maintained, blackouts can happen any time. These unexpected power outages significantly impact our daily lives, especially during storms and high winds.

Fortunately, our solar battery backup systems can provide uninterrupted power, ensuring that your home has power and your family stays safe.

 Here are some benefits of having a solar battery backup system during a blackout:

  1. Power critical appliances: Solar battery backup systems can provide power to critical home appliances like refrigerators, medical equipment, and internet communication devices. This can be especially important for those with medical conditions or disabilities that rely on electricity to maintain their health and safety.
  2. No reliance on the grid: With a solar battery backup system, you can rely on your own energy storage instead of the electrical grid during a blackout. 
  3. Emergency Backup Solar Power: During natural disasters, the solar backup battery can serve as an emergency backup solar power system to power your home during the night and stay warm during winter storms.
  4. Cost savings: In addition to providing backup power during a blackout, solar battery backup systems can also help you save money on your electricity bills. By storing excess solar energy generated during the day, you can use that energy to power your home during peak demand hours when electricity rates are highest.

In Southern California, power outages are widespread issues, especially during wildfire season or extreme weather events. Having a solar battery backup system can provide peace of mind and ensure that your home remains powered during a blackout.

How Solar Battery Backup Systems and Solar Panels Work Together

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Home battery backup systems work best when combined with solar panels.

By storing excess solar energy generated during the day, you can use that energy to power your home during the evening or during a blackout.

  • Optimal energy utilization: Integrating solar panels with a battery backup system allows you to make the most of your energy usage by drawing on stored solar energy during the time that you need.
  • Increased grid independence: Using your own stored energy can decrease your dependence on the electrical grid, which can be particularly advantageous in blackout situations or other emergencies.

In early 2023, Southern California witnessed a severe winter weather event. By utilizing an independent solar power battery system, you can maintain a comfortable and secure environment within your home during such weather disturbances.

  • Self-consumption power: For those living in remote areas or seeking better energy self-reliance, combining solar panels with a battery backup system can enable you to power your home as a microgrid system to cover up to 90% of your energy usage.

When considering a solar battery backup system for your home, it is crucial to verify that the system is compatible with your existing solar panels.

If you have not yet installed solar panels, consider incorporating them alongside your battery backup system to optimize energy utilization and efficiency.

Option One Solar, a leading Southern California solar solutions provider, is committed to streamlining this process for you. 

Our team of professionals will assess your unique requirements and ensure seamless integration of your solar battery backup system with your existing or new solar panels. 

Choosing the Right Solar Battery Backup System for Your Home

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  1. Capacity: The capacity of the battery bank is an important factor to consider. Homeowners will want to choose a system with enough capacity to power critical appliances during a blackout or other emergency situation.
  2. Compatibility: If you already have solar panels installed on your home, it’s important to choose a battery backup system that is compatible with your existing solar inverter. 

You may also want to consider choosing a system that allows for future expansion if you plan to add more solar panels in the future.

Tesla Powerwall 2 and Powerwall Plus provide the best AC-coupled solution to new solar and existing solar energy systems.

  1. Cost: Solar battery backup systems can vary in cost depending on the size, capacity, and brand.
    It’s important to consider your budget and determine which system provides the best value for your needs. Read more here about the best solar backup battery in 2023.
  2. Reputable installer: Choosing a reputable and experienced solar installer is crucial when installing a solar battery backup system. 

Option One Solar is a reputable, licensed company known for its exceptional customer service and high-quality solar installations. Having successfully provided solar power and battery backup systems to thousands of local families, we take pride in our professional and easy-to-understand approach, ensuring a positive experience for our valued clients.

  1. Rebates and incentives: Depending on your location, there may be rebates and incentives available for installing a solar battery backup system. Currently, the most common Federal Solar ITC is 30% as updated from Aug 13, 2022.

Taking into account the unique requirements of your home and energy consumption, we begin by conducting a comprehensive energy audit based on your annual electricity usage. This enables us to offer tailored battery backup solutions, ensuring that our customers’ systems operate at optimal efficiency. 

Read More: Solar Installation Process

Solar By Day, Battery By Night

How long will a 10kw battery power my home?

To estimate how long a 10 kW battery will power your home, you need to know your home’s average energy consumption, which is typically measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per day.

Here’s a simplified formula to help you estimate the time:

  • Battery capacity (in kWh) / Average household energy consumption (in kWh per day) = Number of days the battery will last
  • A 10 kW battery can store 10 kWh of energy. Let’s say your average daily energy consumption is 30 kWh per day. In this case, the battery would last:
  • 10 kWh / 30 kWh per day = 0.33 days or approximately 8 hours

Keep in mind that this is a rough estimate, and actual results will vary depending on factors such as energy efficiency, weather, and usage patterns. Additionally, it is essential to consider that most batteries have a depth of discharge (DoD) limit, meaning you cannot use 100% of the stored energy. For example, if the battery has a 90% DoD, you can only use 9 kWh out of the 10 kWh capacity.

A solar battery backup system is a dependable and cost-effective investment for your home’s backup power needs. 

Pairing solar panels with a battery backup system allows you to optimize energy savings, decrease dependence on the grid, and power your home for emergencies.

If you’re seeking a local solar provider to assist with your solar and battery backup requirements, Option One Solar is an outstanding option. We offer seamless service, a dedicated support team, and personalized solutions tailored to each customer’s needs. 

With the expertise and commitment to excellence, Option One Solar will help you select the perfect solar battery backup system for your home, ensuring it’s installed to the highest standards.

Don’t wait for the next power outage to consider backup power. Reach out to Option One Solar today to discover more about their solar and battery backup offerings and learn how they can keep you powered around the clock.


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