Everything Business Owners Need To Know About Their Solar Energy System Batteries
For business owners who have had the foresight and wisdom to have a solar energy system installed to lower their energy bills, you must understand the role of the solar batteries that are part of that solar system. Whilst much of the attention rightly focuses on the role that solar panels play in generating electricity, the system would not be complete, as useful, or as efficient without its solar batteries.
In this blog post, we plan to outline everything you need to know about solar energy system batteries so that you understand their role, or if you are still contemplating what solar energy system to install for your business, to help you can make a more informed choice regarding your solar batteries.
Solar Batteries 101
Solar batteries store the excess energy generated by your business’s solar panels, allowing you to use them later when the sun is no longer shining, such as during the night or on cloudy days. If it were not for the solar batteries, every time there was little to no sunshine you would be relying on grid-generated electricity.
Solar batteries, therefore, help you reduce your business’s reliance on grid-supplied electricity but at the same time, they can also save your business money by reducing how much of that electricity it uses.
Three Benefits Of Solar Batteries To Your Business
Benefit #1 – Energy Independence: Solar batteries undoubtedly give you far greater control over your business’s energy usage. By storing excess solar energy generated during the day, you will have a reliable backup power source during power outages or periods of high electricity demand. This can be critical for certain types of business and also those which operate 24 hours per day.
Benefit #2 – Lower Energy Bills: By utilising stored solar energy during peak usage times within your business, you can reduce your dependence on grid-supplied electricity. Apart from the money you are already saving, your solar batteries will save money during those times when it is stored energy from them that your business is using, rather than grid-supplied electricity.
Benefit #3 – Environmental Sustainability: By using clean, renewable solar energy, you are already reducing your business’s carbon emissions and contributing to a more sustainable environment. By utilising the stored energy within its solar batteries, your business is extending the levels and the times at which it is playing its role as a green, environmentally friendly business.
To determine the right size solar batteries for your business’s solar energy system you will need to consider factors like your energy consumption patterns, solar panel system size, and budget. Typically, battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) and to ensure you have a sufficient backup during periods of low solar production, you need to select a solar battery with enough kWh capacity to cover your business’s energy needs.
It is crucial to accurately estimate your daily energy usage and consider any future changes, such as expanding your business or increasing energy efficiency. The most sensible action is to enlist the help of a professional solar energy system company that can help you assess your requirements and recommend the best solar battery size for your business’s needs.
Maintenance And Monitoring
Proper maintenance and monitoring are essential for ensuring the efficiency and longevity of your business’s solar batteries. Most modern solar batteries have built-in monitoring systems that enable you to track their performance and detect any potential issues. Regularly checking a battery’s health and performance can help you identify problems early on and prevent costly repairs or replacements.
Some general maintenance tips include:
- Keeping the battery clean and free of dust and debris
- Ensuring proper ventilation to avoid overheating
- Scheduling periodic professional inspections and servicing
Check with your solar energy system installation company to see whether they offer a maintenance service that covers maintaining your solar batteries.
Battery Life And Warranty
The lifespan of a solar battery is a critical consideration when investing in a solar energy storage system. Most solar batteries have a life expectancy of 10-15 years, with their performance gradually decreasing over time. A battery’s warranty usually includes a performance guarantee, specifying the minimum capacity the battery will retain over a certain number of cycles or periods of time.
Costs And Return On Investment (ROI)
While adding a solar battery to your solar energy system can increase the upfront cost for your business, it can also lead to significant long-term savings which in turn add to your business’s profitability. To calculate your ROI, consider factors such as the battery’s cost, installation fees, maintenance expenses, and potential energy bill savings.