Grid-Tied System With Battery Backup

If your business or home is considering solar but you absolutely can’t suffer an outage, a grid-tied solar system with a battery backup could be a great option for you. With a battery backup system, you’ll be able to run the essentials: lights, computers, refrigerator, television and even heating (depending on battery size).

Won’t a conventional grid-tied solar power system work in case of a power outage? Unfortunately, no. Since it’s connected to the grid, a standard grid-tied solar power system is automatically shut down for safety reasons when the power goes out.

You will also save more with a battery backup system. Your battery stores up energy during off-peak hours and puts it to use when electricity costs are high during peak hours. It works for you — even when it’s not an emergency. It’s like creating your own micro-grid.

We are often asked how the cost of adding a battery backup compares to non-battery options. Opting for battery backup can add about 30 percent to the overall cost of your solar project. This is primarily due to the cost of the battery and other necessary equipment.

Another question we frequently receive: “What if I already have a grid-tied system? Can I add a battery backup to it?”

This is determined on a case-by-case basis. Our technicians evaluate the existing system and make a decision based on a few different factors. For example, if your system was designed a long time ago and is not compatible, it would require extensive work. Many newer systems are very easy to work with, though. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn what we can do for you.