Net or Gross metering
Basically, if you choose to power your home or business with solar panels and a battery backup system, you have a couple of options.
You can choose an net metering system with a tie-in to the power grid. When there’s enough solar power, your home or business runs directly off of power collected by your solar panels.
With a battery backup and grid tie-in set-up, when power from your solar panels isn’t sufficient, your home or business will use power that’s been stored in the battery backup system. As a last resort, when that isn’t enough, your home will use grid power.
Your other option is to choose to live off-grid (net metering), solely on solar power and your battery backup. In this case you’ll have limited tie-in with the grid for emergency power.
If you have sufficient solar power and battery storage capacity, this is ideal. But, if you do not, you could find yourself in an emergency situation with no power and no way to patch into the grid.
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Depending on how you set your system up, you can run your battery backup system as a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) or you can use it to power your home or business at night when the sun is no longer shining and your solar panels aren’t producing energy.
As a UPS, you can set it to power certain appliances in your home to keep them running in a power outage. For example, if there’s a bad storm that lasts several days and the power is out in your area, you can still maintain power to your refrigerator, some lights, computer, or whatever appliances you feel are essential.
If your battery backup is fully charged, you can still send electric power back to the grid for credits toward your power bill. If you only use solar power and your battery backup most of the time, you’ll get a fast return on your investment in the battery backup system and you’ll be producing environmentally friendly energy.
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Nope…let’s think about it a little more…
However, battery backup systems are not cheap. If you’re not planning on living off the grid or staying with the same solar power system for some time, this system could cost you a great deal of money without saving you a whole lot.
To really make it work for you, you need to have the money for the upfront investment and the time to make that money back.
You also have to keep your battery backup system maintained, or it won’t function properly. if you’re not prepared to do this, it’s really a waste of time. Also, because battery backups decrease the amount of power you feed back into the grid, they do decrease the credits you get from the power company. Again, they can pay off in the long run, but you have to give the system time.
Converting to an gross metering solar power system without battery backup generally involves an investment of about $5,000-$9,000, depending on the size of your home and how much energy you need.
Net metering off-grid solar power typically costs $18,000-$24,000, though you have to keep in mind that you’ll never have a power bill when you’re not connected to the grid. Finally, on-grid solar power with a battery backup is usually about $14,000.
Again, it’s a game of investment versus payout. If you plan to stay at your current home for many years, a battery backup system will pay for itself and is worth purchasing.
All Inverters installed are BATTERY READY for that time when for some when they are more affordable.