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For those paying attention to the energy industry, it comes as no surprise that solar is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States. Each year solar power becomes more affordable and accessible, “since 2008, U.S. installations have grown 35-fold to an estimated 62.5 gigawatts (GW) today. This is enough capacity to power the equivalent of 12 million average American homes.”[1]

In addition to feeding their energy usage through traditional solar means, homeowners are often looking into how they can use the power of the sun to power their homes when the grid goes down. This can be done through the use of solar batteries.

Fortunately, Momentum Solar’s exclusive partnership with Enphase allows us to provide homeowners with specialized, modular storage solutions.

Solar Energy and Your Home

What do you need to have a properly functioning solar panel system on your home? The typical system includes solar panels, inverters, mounting equipment and a performance monitoring system. The solar panels collect the energy from the sun and convert it to usable electricity to power your home. Most residential systems are “grid-tied” or connected to an electricity grid, and when you generate excess power it is fed back into the grid. On the other hand, when your home needs more power than your solar panels are producing, it can draw the energy it needs from the grid.1

This process is known as net metering. Essentially any extra power generated by your solar panels is held at the grid until you use it. If it is not used, most homeowners will receive a credit on their utility bill for the unused electricity.1 But what if you could store your unused power at your home and not send it back to the grid? This is where solar batteries come in handy.

Solar Battery Basics

Just like the grid, solar batteries work by storing extra energy produced by your panels for later use. But, unlike the grid, “if your solar panels are producing more electricity than you need, the excess energy goes towards charging the battery. Later, when your solar panels aren’t producing electricity, you can draw down the energy you stored earlier in your battery for night use.”1

What this means is that homeowners who choose to install solar batteries can store their excess power on site and save it for a cloudy day. An added bonus to solar battery storage at home is the back-up power they can offer if there is a power outage in your area.1

Peak Shaving with Battery Storage

First, let’s look at exactly what “peak shaving” is. As energy consumption fluctuates throughout the workday, it can have highs and lows. To accommodate the fluctuating demand at the macro level, utility providers vary their pricing throughout the day. This means that during high electricity demand, “peak” utility rates kick in and during times of low energy demand, “off-peak” pricing goes into effect.[2]

What if you had the ability to program your solar panel system to switch on and off during the “peak” demand time? Using your own solar battery storage, you can program your system to convert energy during the “off-peak” times, and switch to using the stored energy during “peak” times to avoid paying the peak price for your electricity.2 This strategy allows you to save money without disrupting your daily routine.

Momentum Solar Offers Battery Storage

Momentum Solar has teamed up with Enphase to provide energy management technology that gives homeowners the ability to store electricity for use in the event your panels are not producing enough energy. Enphase Encharge is a battery backup system that stores excess electricity produced by your solar panels. This battery backup system provides independence from your utility grid when you choose.

Momentum Solar offers two different battery storage options to suit your exact energy storage needs.

Encharge 3: This storage system is a 3.36kWh battery unit that is flexible and scalable.

Encharge 10: For more capacity, the Encharge 10 boasts a 10.08 kWh battery without sacrificing its flexibility and scalability.

Homeowners can increase and combine modules as necessary, creating a completely personalized battery experience.

Why Choose Us?

Not only is Momentum Solar one the fastest growing solar companies in the country, we have over 2,000 employees nationwide. With over a decade of experience our team is on standby ready to take on any solar project no matter how big or small. Let us handle the process from start to finish, and start producing your own clean, renewable and REUSABLE energy today.

Call 1 (888) MOMENTUM or visit momentumsolar.com for more information about our company and services.

[1] Energy.gov- https://www.energy.gov/eere/solarpoweringamerica/solar-energy-united-states#:~:text=Solar%20power%20is%20more%20affordable,million%20average%20American%20homes1.

[2]Alternate Energy- https://www.aeternaenergy.com/solar-battery-storage-blog/what-is-peak-shaving-with-battery-storage

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