Solar panels are a great way to produce clean, renewable, and cost-efficient energy for your home or business. They work by converting sunlight into electricity. But what do you do when the sun stops shining? Just because it’s nighttime doesn’t mean you’ll be without electricity; your solar panels can store energy using a solar battery bank. Read on to learn more:
Grid-tied vs. hybrid system
Solar panels stop producing energy once the sun goes down, but a solar system can draw energy from other sources. Where it draws that energy from depends on whether it’s a grid-tied or hybrid system.
A grid-tied solar system is connected to the municipal utility grid, acting as a back-up for whenever your home or business needs energy.
A hybrid system is still connected to a municipal utility grid, but it also has a solar battery bank to rely on.
What is a solar battery bank?
A solar battery bank is how your solar panels store energy and draw from it when there’s no sun out. These battery banks typically rely on lithium-ion batteries—the same batteries that power your smartphone. Inexpensive and able to be installed anywhere, these batteries will collect solar energy and store it for later use. They act as a great back-up plan during the nighttime or if there’s a sudden power outage in your area.