Adding a battery to your solar panel system is an easy way to expand its capabilities. The battery stores energy generated by the solar panels during the day, allowing you to use that energy at night or when your energy demands are greater than your solar panel output. You can specify a battery when you add a new solar panel system or add one later by retrofitting a battery to an existing system or expanding your current battery capacity.
Benefits of solar panel systems
Solar panel systems are extremely beneficial for reducing your carbon footprint and reducing your dependence on fossil fuel-generated electricity. By harnessing the power of the sun, you are decreasing your reliance on non-renewable resources, which means less pollution in the environment and cheaper electricity bills for you!
What are solar panel batteries?
Batteries are devices that store the electrical energy generated by solar panels. When the sun goes down or on cloudy days, batteries allow you to continue using electricity from your solar panel system. Batteries can also be used to store excess power from your panels and use it when needed, such as when your utility company charges more for electricity usage during peak hours or when there's a power outage in your area. A battery is a great way to maximise your solar panel system's capabilities.
Adding a battery to your solar panel system
A battery can be added to your existing solar panel system to increase its efficiency by storing unused energy for later use. This allows you to enjoy the benefits of solar power even during nighttime hours when there is no sun!
Choosing the right battery capacity for your solar panel system is a key decision and one that should be made with care. A battery that is too small may not allow you to store enough energy during the day to meet your evening and nighttime needs. A battery that is too large, on the other hand, could cost more than necessary.
To guide you to the correct choice of battery capacity for your individual needs, it is important to know that batteries are rated in kilowatts-hours (kWh). The higher this number is, the longer it will take for a fully charged battery bank to discharge. So if you want more time between recharging cycles, look for a battery with a high kilowatt-hour rating.
Retrofitting a battery to your existing system doesn't have to be complicated
If you're considering adding a battery to an existing solar panel system, then it's important to understand the process of retrofitting the additional equipment into your home. The first step is to talk with a professional about the best way to do this. They'll be able to assess your current setup and determine whether or not retrofitting is possible. Installing a battery will typically take around 2-4 hours and will require some electrical work.
Our top five best-selling batteries
1. Pylontech US3000C 3.5kWh Li-ion 48v Battery
Was £1476, NOW £1111
The Pylontech US3000C is a small, compact battery that's perfect for homeowners.
It can hold 3.5kWh of power and has a 95% depth of discharge, which means your battery will be able to handle repeated charging and discharging without getting damaged.
The Pylontech US3000C is great for people looking for a reliable backup power source for their home or business!
2. Pylontech US5000C 4.8kWh Li-ion 48v Battery
Was £1699, NOW £1464
Introducing the Pylontech US5000C. A lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 4.8kWh and 95% depth of discharge, this product is ideal for homeowners who want to store more energy in their home or off-grid system.
This battery's intelligent battery management system (BMS) protects it from overcharge, over-discharge, short-circuit and other common threats to lithium-ion batteries.
3. Fox ESS HV2600 V2 2.6kWh Battery
Was £1299 NOW £849
The Fox ESS HV2600V2 2.6kWh Battery is a powerful and flexible solution for storing solar power and using it when you need it most, and it is great value!
This lithium-ion battery features a 90% depth of discharge, which means that you can get great power use from every single charge, and because this battery is scalable in an array, you can always add more units to your system as your needs grow!
4. Pylontech US2000C 2.4kWh Li-ion 48v Battery
Was £1180 NOW £799.99
The Pylontech US2000C is a great backup power source for your home. It's small and compact, which makes it easy to store in your garage or attic. The US2000C has a 2.28kWh usable capacity, so you can count on it to keep you going even when the power goes out.
If you're looking for an affordable backup power source that won't take up too much space, the US2000C is a great option.
5. SolaX Triple Power HV 5.8kWh V2 LFP Master Battery
Was £2999.50 NOW £2384
The SolaX Triple Power HV 5.8kWh, is a larger capacity battery that can be used as either a master battery or a slave battery. With this battery's 90% depth of discharge capability, it can provide power for up to 6000 cycles over its lifetime. Its plug-and-play installation makes it easy to install with all the cables you need included.
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