Choosing the Right Energy Storage Solution for a Solar Panel Installation

Submitted by Sunrise Solar on Sun, 10/20/2019 - 9:00am
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When considering the switch to solar power, it’s important to consider your options for energy storage. This vital component allows you to optimize your solar power unit and enjoy steady, reliable energy harnessed from the sun. 

Comparing Your Storage Options

There will be several technical specifications for any storage solution you come across. But the most important factors to research are capacity, power, depth of discharge, round trip efficiency, and warranty. 

The battery’s capacity is easily deciphered, as it indicates the kilowatt hours your battery can hold. But in order to get the full picture, you must also consider the power rating for a battery. This is measured in kilowatts and gives you an idea of how many appliances it can power at one time. 

Depth of discharge is a term that informs consumers on how much of the battery’s capacity can be used before recharging it. Every solar battery needs to maintain a certain level of charge at all times in order to maintain its chemical makeup. The higher your depth of discharge, the more capacity you can use in your battery. 

Round trip efficiency is a measure of how much energy you can use, compared to how much it stores. For example, if you take in 5 kilowatt hours of energy but can only use 4, your battery has an 80 percent round trip efficiency. 

Contact us today for more information about how an energy storage battery can benefit your solar installation.

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