As if a year of wearing masks and staying home wasn’t enough, the recent power outages in Texas have put a spotlight on the fragility and intricacy of the electricity grid and adjoining electricity rate plans here in the Southwest.
If you are a homeowner looking to increase the resilience of your home during an extended outage, Tesla Powerwall offers all of this and more. Let’s take a look at how you can utilize solar batteries in your power outage preparation.
Solar Backup Power
Tesla Powerwall works well as a battery backup option for homes that utilize solar PV (photovoltaic) panels but can also be installed on homes without solar.
Solar battery backup systems operate by saving the excess electricity that solar panels generate during peak sunlight hours, instead of sending that electricity back to the grid. That stored energy is then dispersed to your home during times when your solar panels are not converting any sunlight into electricity, like at night to help with load shifting during peak demand periods.
What many homeowners don’t realize is that a grid-tied solar panel system will not continue to generate electricity during a power outage. This is due to a safety mechanism that required grid-tied solar to be shut off to protect powerline workers.
However, these backup power systems can be designed to take your home “off the grid” so that you can rely on this Tesla battery during a power outage, to keep the lights on, as well as some of your other essential appliances that you would otherwise lose access to, such as:
Medical equipment that relies on electricity
Security systems & cameras
Will Backup Power for Your Home Save You Money?
We know that installing your own emergency battery backup power will assist you in riding out the next small or large scale outage like Texas saw in February. Keeping the lights on means avoiding spoiled food and medicines that could be costly to replace during each power outage event. While the initial upfront costs of a solar battery is more expensive than a whole-home generator, you won’t have the cost of fuel and ongoing maintenance associated with a generator. Additionally, the added benefits of a solar battery system is that you can generate free renewable energy 24/7 to use in your home, further reducing your reliance on your utility and the grid.
Ask CAM Solar about Tesla Powerwall
Unfortunately, recent events are not an isolated incident, as Texans were in a similar situation about ten years ago. As the climate of the earth shifts due to global warming, we can expect this trend to continue — so how are you going to protect the future of your home energy, home comfort, home health, and your financial well being? Ask CAM Solar about solar battery storage, and our team can tell you if Tesla Powerwall is right for your particular situation.
Through our free solar quote, we can give you an idea of what a new system of solar panels combined with a battery backup system would look like, and what you can expect to save in monthly energy costs over the life of your system, which is upwards of 25 years.