Is Installing a Solar Battery Worth It?


Absolutely, incorporating a battery into your solar setup enhances your overall experience. With a solar battery system, you’ll achieve greater self-sufficiency, feel secure during power outages, and optimise your energy costs by purchasing power when it’s cheap and using stored energy when prices rise.

In the past, batteries weren’t always recommended unless you needed protection from outages. This was because they didn’t offer significant cost savings. However, times have changed.

The Shift in Solar Battery Adoption

Today, about 70% of our clients choose to include a battery in their solar systems. This shift is due to several factors:

  1. Decreasing Battery Costs: Over the past few years, battery prices have dropped significantly.
  2. Rising Power Prices: As power prices continue to increase, the financial benefits of battery storage become more apparent.
  3. Growing Popularity: Residential battery installations have surged by 83% since last year across Europe.

Key Benefits of a Solar and Battery Storage Setup

Protection from Grid Outages

Batteries provide a reliable backup during power cuts. With the increasing frequency of extreme weather events and growing pressures on the energy grid, more people are experiencing grid outages. A battery with a changeover switch fitted ensures that your solar system, lights, and other essential circuits remain operational when the grid fails.

Enhanced Self-Sufficiency

Using more of your own solar-generated power increases your self-sufficiency, reducing your environmental impact and saving you money. By storing excess energy during the day and using it at night, you significantly boost your independence from the grid.

Avoiding Peak Power Costs

Solar energy is excellent for charging your battery, but you can also take advantage of cheap or free grid power when available. Features like SolaX’s ‘forced charging’ allows you to schedule your storage system to charge from the grid when prices are low. Your SolaX battery will then supply power during expensive peak periods, maximising your savings.

The Verdict: Is a Battery Worth Adding?

For most people, the answer is a resounding yes. The benefits of being protected from outages, maximising self-consumption, reducing reliance on the grid, and leveraging cheaper tariffs are compelling. While the initial investment is a consideration, the good news is that battery prices have been dropping, and green loans from banks or the credit union makes it easier to incorporate a battery into your system.

Additional Considerations

  • Environmental Impact: By storing and using solar energy, you contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on fossil fuels.
  • Future-Proofing: As energy policies and technologies evolve, having a battery can position you to take advantage of new opportunities, such as participating in virtual power plants or energy trading.

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