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Solar + Storage Battery Power Backup
Homeowners throughout California are coming to terms with the reality that they may not always be able to rely on the electric grid. As the state continues to battle wildfires, natural disasters, and outdated equipment, these California power shutoffs and outages—both scheduled and unexpected—are becoming more prevalent, affecting thousands of homes across the state.
Public Safety Power Shutoffs could last for days. So, are you prepared for the power going off in your home? One way that homeowners are keeping the lights on in their Northern California homes on the foothills of the Sierras is through energy independence—combining solar panels with solar batteries.
Solar Batteries = Reliable Power 24/7
When your solar panels are connected to a solar energy storage system like solar batteries, what you have is a safety net between your previous backup energy source—PG&E’s electrical grid—and your home. While the power’s on, any excess power from your solar panels will be used to charge the backup battery. Then, if the power goes out for any reason, the solar battery backup will kick on to provide power to your home.
Additionally, having a home battery backup system comes in handy during hours when your utility is charging peak energy pricing. Your smart system can see when peak pricing is in effect, and draw power from your solar battery power backup instead, saving you significant money in the long term while using the same renewable clean energy your solar panels generated.
Stay Prepared for PG&E PSPSs
In response to recent wildfires, California utility companies like PG&E have announced public safety power shutoffs, or PSPS—events where utility companies intentionally turn off power for selected customers to minimize the damage resulting from wildfires and other natural disasters. A PSPS event can last as much as several days, and can happen with little advance notice. You can monitor for announced PSPS events on PG&E’s weather awareness website.
With a solar plus storage battery system, your house can draw power reserved in your home’s backup system during a PSPS, so you can keep the lights on when PG&E has turned off your access to the grid.
Incentives For a Solar + Storage System
At Brower Mechanical, we know there’s no better time than now to upgrade to a solar plus storage system, which is why we provide and install LG Chem solar batteries for homeowners interested in maximizing the energy savings of solar and making sure they’re prepared during the next power outage. Plus, homeowners can take advantage of numerous incentives and rebates, including:
The Federal Tax Credit, which offers homeowners a tax deduction equalling 30% of the total coast of their solar installation (read more to find out why it’s important to act now).
California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers a sliding scale of financial incentives to homeowners installing new equipment for storing power, like solar batteries.
Net metering in California allows you to send unused kWhs of solar electricity that exceed your home’s usage as well as the capacity of your LG solar battery.