Let’s talk weather, solar, and backup power.
Are you experiencing extreme weather? What about blackouts? You’re not alone. In fact, you’re so not alone that popular batteries like Tesla’s Powerwalls are on backorder with waitlists months out due to high demand and the microchip shortage. How are you going to keep the lights on when the grid shuts off without a Powerwall? It’s okay, just breathe. Luckily, there are other options.
The first option is to get a different battery. There are several other battery companies in the US that solar modules can charge. Power Guru engineers solar power ecosystems that fit you, which means finding the perfect battery for you or your community.
Another type of battery backup could already be in your garage – your electric vehicle. While it won’t work for larger commercial systems, it is becoming an attractive option for residential systems. EV backup systems utilize the cars’ powerful, compact, built-in batteries to provide security until the grid comes back online.
But, perhaps, the right fit for you doesn’t include a battery at all.
Can your solar array exist without backup? Yes, Absolutely! Without storage, excess electricity is sent to the grid and seamlessly returned back to you when you need it. This also helps support grid infrastructure and it even helps out when the grid is stressed. Basically, solar keeps energy demand low. Since energy demand is the largest contributor to outages, you can play an active role in lowering your chances of an outage by installing solar. Solar power also economically encourages utility companies to upgrade their lines, substations, towers, etc. Let’s face it, our grid infrastructure across America is outdated and in need of updating. Investing in grid-tied renewable systems is one way to contribute to your community by providing clean, safe, and responsible energy to those who need it.
Essentially, so long as we support our utility grid, blackouts and off-grid applications provide a good reason for a battery purchase. However, off-grid systems have proven to be less reliable and slightly more dangerous. Perhaps, once storage technology advances further, off-grid applications will become more viable. Until then, consider your options, find the best solution for you, and contribute to your community. Solar is a great place to start.”