Solar Power and Batteries

May 20, 2013 by Max

Battery bank

When some people think about solar, they might think that they will become free from the electric company because a battery will allow them to store any excess power they generate, thus taking them off the grid. While this is possible with solar, it does not make financial sense for most people. Batteries are still very big and bulky. They are also expensive and need to be replaced every five to ten years; depending on the type, and how well you take care of them.  Battery technology is evolving and batteries may become more viable in the future, but for most people right now, it’s more practical to simply tap the grid in off hours and use the grid (like a battery) to store any excess power.

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