A power backup is a critical component of any good solar power system. It’s designed to keep the system working, even under unexpected circumstances, and provides peace of mind and security for system owners and their families.
WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY POWER BACKUP?
Emergency power backups are systems that allow a household to access electricity, even if the home loses power. Designed to support the activities of daily living, even in the event of a mass outage or natural disaster, these emergency power systems are self-sufficient and portable, meaning they can restore power in an instant and allow life to proceed as normal.
WHAT IS UPS AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
UPS stands for uninterrupted power supply and is a system commonly paired with a solar power system. Designed to keep household appliances running in the event the power goes out, UPS systems use solar generators to supply hours of backup power for a household.
These systems use a power inverter (DC to AC) and a power converter (AC to DC) to store power in a battery system and reproduce it when needed. When homeowners need to use their UPS system, the system pulls on the strength of its batteries to power electrical appliances and keep the household running.
WHAT IS A BACKUP BATTERY AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
A backup battery acts as a fail-safe for a solar system. It is designed to bypass interruption when grid-connected systems go down. Backup batteries also allow a household or business to continue accessing power during a grid outage, rather than leaving it up on the roof.
WHAT IS A BACKUP GENERATOR AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
A backup generator is an alternative to a backup battery. Typically much more powerful than a battery backup system, home backup generators are designed to power energy-intensive systems, such as heating and air conditioning, in the event of a grid outage.
There are many benefits of having a generator, including the fact that most generator models are capable of producing about 22 kW, which is much larger than the output potential of a backup battery system. And while batteries only store power, generators produce power, which makes them ideal for any building or company that would need continuous power, even in the event of a grid outage.
To use a generator, homeowners simply need to turn the system on. Knowing a backup generator is handy allows for peace of mind and security for both residential and commercial customers, no matter what happens with the grid at large.