What Happens to Solar in a Power Outage?
Solar energy is connected to your utility grid due to safety regulations. This is beneficial, actually, because when your solar energy system produces more energy than you use, it is pushed back into the grid. This allows you to build up credits with your utility provider. It also allows you to use that energy later on, when your panels aren’t producing as much. Net metering is one of the great benefits of solar! That leaves just one question. What happens to solar in a power outage when your utility grid is shut down?
Because your solar energy system is connected to the utility grid, your solar will not power your home in an outage. This is for the safety of utility workers while they are working to repair lines and transformers. However, Orbit has several solutions to keep your home running even through an outage! We offer multiple back-up energy units for you to use such as battery storage or stand-by generators.
Orbit Energy & Power is proud to be a Tesla Certified Installer. A Tesla PowerWall is the perfect companion to your home’s solar energy system! The Powerwall is a rechargeable home battery storage system that lets you store solar energy generated during the day. Then use it at night. This allows you to self-power your home and reduce your reliance on the utility grid. This top-of-the-line system provides seamless and reliable backup power. In the event of a grid outage, Powerwall automatically switches to backup power. It easily integrates with solar to ensure your home is powered 24/7.
We also install Enphase Encharge battery storage systems. We are proud to partner with Enphase! Encharge batteries provide backup power in an outage, as well. Customize your system to suit your energy needs by adding additional units to your battery! Enphase carefully designed the battery chemistry to be both safe and reliable.
When the power goes out, standby generators switch on within seconds to provide your home with energy. Hurricanes and other storms cause power outages that can last days and weeks at a time. With a generator, you can have a source of energy to power your home even when lines are down or there is a neighborhood blackout. Financing is even available to qualified buyers! Don’t sit in the dark.
Add battery storage to your solar energy system for even more energy independence! We are always here to answer any questions and help you find the best solution for your home. Give us a call today!