Benefits of battery storage
Batteries are creating another method of managing your power. If you’re wondering what they can do for you, here are some of the top benefits:
- Maximise your self-consumption of solar power – store excess energy you generate by solar
- Reduce your network costs – control when you use power and how much you pay for it
- Keep the lights on if you lose power – your own backup plan for when the power goes out
- Power your home entirely – go off the grid
Watch the video below to see how batteries work with solar power.
Battery storage for home solar is here.
Installing a battery will change the how you use your solar power.
Currently the energy your solar system makes is supplied directly to your home, as needed during the day. Unused power is sold into the grid, earning you a credit on your power bill with your electricity retailer. When your system is not generating power, you buy all your electricity from the grid.
Solar battery storage changes how you use your solar power.
With solar battery storage, your solar panels will still directly power your appliances while the sun is out, however, the extra power you’re generating does not go into the grid. It gets stored in your battery. The unused power you’ve stored in your battery during the day is now available at night, or at any time you need it. It means you’ll use more of your solar power at home and buy less electricity from the grid overall.
You can still earn credits on your power bills. When your battery is full, your solar system will send power back to the grid. Generally you’re better off having the right size battery and using your solar energy at home then selling your extra electricity back to the grid.
The grid is important because when your battery is empty and your solar panels are not producing enough power for your appliances, you will use electricity from the grid to run your home.