Energy storage can do a number of jobs when connected to a solar-enabled residence.
We’ve already outlined some of the benefits of energy storage when it comes to maximizing solar usage— self-consumption, backup power during outages, and islanding (increased autonomy). Another useful application is time of use optimization. For the homeowner, this means using energy from your batteries when variable rates for grid power are high due to increased demand based on time of day/year. Batteries can be charged from the grid overnight when power is cheapest and then, for example, used to power your AC at the hottest (and most expensive) time of day. But, time of use optimization has other major advantages. Did you know that energy storage, even when installed at private residences, can contribute to solving larger grid and environmental issues?Read More >>