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Adding Batteries To An Existing Solar System

February 7th, 2022 | By Roger Kuznia

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Once you have your solar panels installed, you may wonder: What now? Solar panels are an excellent investment, and for further benefits, you could consider adding a solar backup battery to your solar panel system. By combining the backup battery with your solar panels, not only can you use the electricity your panels produce, but you can store excess electricity for later use. Below we will dive into how Generac battery backups work and how they can be of use to you and your home.

What are Generac Battery Backups?

Solar-powered batteries can provide an additional source of electricity for your home in the event of power outages or at times when solar panels aren’t producing electricity. Pink Energy supplies Generac backup batteries, which are created exactly to address this need. That way, you will never be left in the dark! And don’t worry: You can install a new battery backup at any point during or after installing solar panels for your home. 

Can A Generac Battery Backup Address My Home’s Unique Needs?

Every home has unique electricity needs. A Generac battery backup can easily address these! Our Generac backup batteries have four power modes designed for different situations, letting you customize your battery backup power accordingly. Here’s a brief description of what you can expect:

Self-Supply Mode

In this mode, your battery stores excess energy for later use, and when it reaches 100% capacity, it sends electricity back to the grid. This means that you will have energy at your fingertips to help power your home, with excess energy being stored until your battery reaches capacity.

Clean Backup Mode

In this mode, your panels send all generated electricity straight to your battery to keep it completely full. With this, you’ll be able to have designated electricity available for use during an outage. 

Priority Backup Mode

This mode is similar to Clean Backup mode with one key exception: You’ll be able to use the grid to keep your battery at full capacity. This means that all energy produced by your solar panels goes into your battery and the grid is used to power your house. This mode is designed for those who know an outage is on the horizon and want to be prepared.  

Grid Tie Mode

This mode means that your home will rely on the grid during times when your solar panels aren’t producing, such as at night. The energy produced by your panels will be used as it is available, and any excess energy will be sent back to the grid for credit on your electric bill. 

Battery Backup Benefits

By adding a battery to your solar array, you’ll be able to power portions of your home if the grid goes down or if your panels aren’t producing at peak capacity, giving you peace of mind. With a backup battery, your stored electricity is available independently from the grid. This added independence is a major benefit to adding a battery to your home.

 

You’ll also be able to reduce your carbon footprint, leading to money potentially saved on future electric bills. It’s one of the biggest perks for owning your power. 

Upgrade Your Solar System with Pink Energy

Pink Energy partners with Generac to provide the most efficient and effective solar system possible. We are available to answer any questions you may have about solar energy, as well as how adding a backup battery can elevate your system. Contact us today for a free quote to learn more!

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