Solar energy can actually cost less than what you pay now with low, predictable, locked-in rates.
The flooded lead acid batteries that required constant maintenance are things of the past. Recent advancements in battery technology, paired with smart control programs, have made batteries safe, reliable and affordable for everyone considering solar. And Federal and State incentives can save you as much as 50% off the battery cost.
Batteries offer blackout protection in two key ways. During a power outage, a battery system allows your solar panels to continue to provide power when the sun is shining. Without batteries, the solar panels must shut down. Secondly, when the sun is down, the battery provides power to the areas of the home you need the most.
In areas where utility rates change depending on the time of day, known as Time of Use Rates, batteries allow you to store excess power produced during the day, and discharge the stored energy at the time of day when rates are at their highest.
Net Metering is under attack. Many utility companies have already taken it away, and each day anti-net metering petitions are filed. Utilities want to use your extra power, but don’t want to pay you for it. And time of use rates always seem to be lowest when your solar panels are working, and highest when they are not. Batteries allow you to store the excess energy you produce, and use it when you need it most.