Illustration of Daniel Cell, one of the first practical batteries est. 1836
Batteries have been around for over a hundred years, but due to cost and unreliability issues, they weren’t a practical energy solution for most homes.
With advances in technology, the continued rising cost of electricity, and the advent of climate change, energy storage is the next big game-changer in the energy industry.
Installing energy storage (batteries) with your PV system enables you to capture and store electricity generated from your solar panels. This energy then can be used when your solar panels aren’t producing the energy needed, for example at night or cloud-covered days.
It also provides energy for your home when there are power outages, providing a backup electricity supply.
One of the biggest advantages of integrating batteries is the ability to install and utilize photovoltaic systems for those homes that aren’t able to get approval for PV from the utility company. Homeowners, in this case, would have to keep purchasing electricity from the utility at rates set by the utility.
An energy storage system gives homeowners freedom from the utility by storing energy created by their PV systems on their rooftops and accessing when needed.
Haleakala Solar has been exploring batteries from the moment they opened their doors over 40 years ago. Recent technological breakthroughs and lower costs have now finally created a scenario where investing in a battery system makes not only environmental but also financial sense for most homeowners.
Have questions about batteries and energy storage? Haleakala Solar is here to provide you with answers.