The Complete Guide to Solar Battery Storage in 2024

Extreme weather, PSPS events, and power outages are becoming increasingly common throughout California. Having backup power for your home or business is essential to ensuring your power stays on in the event of an outage, and solar battery storage can bring you peace of mind. 

Six Rivers Solar is a leading solar provider serving Hum Co, Del Norte, and the Tri County area, specializing in solar battery backup. We have more than 40 years of experience in renewable energy throughout the North Coast, and we believe home battery backup is fundamental to a cleaner and more sustainable future. 

How Solar Battery Storage Works

Solar batteries store the excess electricity that your panels generate and give you access to power at times when the sun isn’t shining, like at night, and during power outages. Your solar system will automatically charge your battery when it’s sunny outside and seamlessly switch the battery into operation when needed. 

Solar battery storage is a necessity when installing an off-grid or microgrid solar system so you can keep your power on around the clock, but batteries offer several benefits to grid-tied solar systems as well, including:

  • Energy Independence – By connecting your solar energy system to battery backup, you’ll be protected against time-of-use (TOU) rates and the rising cost of electricity. 
  • Emergency Backup Power – Grid-tied solar panels will turn off in the event of an outage for the safety of emergency workers. However, with battery storage, you’ll be able to keep the lights on when you need them most.
  • Maximum Solar Potential – Solar panels often generate more electricity than a home can use at one time. Solar batteries allow you to store the excess so you can use more of the electricity you produce. 

How Much Do Solar Batteries Cost?

There are a few factors to consider when determining the cost of solar battery storage and how many you’ll need to fully back up your home. These include your energy usage, solar production, and the storage capacity of the battery itself. Our team can help you determine how many batteries you’ll need and give you an estimated cost for different solar battery bank options during a free consultation. 

Battery storage is also eligible for solar incentives to make them more affordable, including the solar tax credit, which covers 30% of the cost. At Six Rivers Solar, we think that solar batteries are worth the cost and partner with premium brands, including Tesla Powerwall and Generac PWRcell. 

Get Battery Storage in 2024 and Get Away from the Grid

The CPUC has made drastic changes to solar net metering and is continuing to slash reimbursement to home and business owners for providing solar energy to the electrical grid. On top of this, the grid itself isn’t as reliable as it once was and the cost of electricity is higher than ever. Solar batteries can help stabilize your electricity bills, which is why we think they’re worth it in 2024. 

By generating your own electricity and maximizing your clean energy usage with a solar battery bank, you can finally break free of the mess that has become California’s grid, and Six Rivers Solar can help.

Get solar battery backup for your home! Call 707-443-5652 or contact us online for a free estimate.