A very recent article released by ABC Science discusses the increasing popularity of batteries as part of solar systems. Because this may be considered valuable information for many households, Renew Energy distil the main points to help you better decide whether buying a battery is the right decision for you.
Things to consider for those wanting to buy a battery
There are several reasons to consider getting a battery – growing (and well justified) concern for the environment, a desire to decrease power bills, or wanting to not be dependent on the grid – but the same following tips apply regardless of your motivation.
Recognising your energy needs: solar installers are a valuable resource when considering a battery. They can help you navigate the very confusing power output structures attached to solar panels and batteries and can give a recommendation based on your energy output at home.
Researching warranties: understanding how warranties play a part in your solar system can certainly influence a purchase. The performance warranty of a battery will indicate its projected power output, while the product warranty will cover defects in the battery itself. Your installer should also provide an installation warranty. This warranty is valuable in the case of batteries as batteries might need to be retrofitted, or additional wiring may need to occur, and having a subpar installer perform these can cause issues in the long run.
Do your own battery research: there are a variety of batteries out there – while most might choose the variations of lithium ion, there are still other options to consider. Learning about the batteries also gives you a greater understanding of how your system works, which can also be valuable.
When solar batteries might not be right for you
After carefully considering the previous points, solar batteries might not be for you. The underlying recommendation from the ABC, though?
“Even if batteries don't make economic sense for most people just yet, investing in solar panels does.”
With this in mind, even if you’re considering a solar system right now there isn’t a crucial need to buy a battery with it right away. Solar panels can offer great advantages in the meantime, and the power bill savings can then help you save for your eventual battery!
Interested to learn more about solar batteries?
If you’d like to learn more about solar batteries, or if you’d like an assessment of your energy needs, get in touch with the team at Renew Energy today – we’d be happy to clarify any questions you might have