Keep the lights on in a power outage with solar battery storage. StraightUp Solar offers several solar and storage options, from powering a few appliances to whole house backup. Our engineers can create a custom solution for your home through our three storage platforms: Generac PWRcell, Tesla Powerwall, and Enphase IQ Battery.

Consider pairing your solar and battery with a smart SPAN panel to control your energy loads. We’re here to help you make the most of your solar system! Contact us today for a free quote.

How Solar Battery Storage Works

With a solar + battery solution installed in your home, the excess energy from the sun charges your battery for nighttime use. In the morning, when the sun starts to shine, your solar system energy powers the home’s electrical devices first. As the sun rises in the afternoon, your home will consume less energy than your solar PV system produces. This excess energy is stored within the solar battery for later in day or nighttime use when solar energy production decreases. 

Solar Panel Battery Benefits

Solar panel battery systems offer numerous advantages to residential areas:

  • Save money: A battery allows you to self-consume more of your energy instead of pulling from the utility grid’s energy supply. Every kilowatt you save in the battery and use for your home is one less the utility company will charge you at the full retail price. Net-metered homes receive credit for their excess energy, but at a lower rate than what the utility normally charges for grid-energy consumption.
  • Outage relief: During extended utility outages and the growing trend of climate disasters, energy storage offers peace of mind and assurance to charge and power protected loads. Solar batteries provide a renewable energy substitute rather than a fossil fuel-powered generator.
  • Greater self-sufficiency: You no longer have to rely upon the inconsistent grid to power your home. A 10kW battery should provide several hours of backup power, depending on your energy usage. That’s several hours of self-sufficient electricity.

Additionally, consider adding a Smart SPAN Panel to improve the flexibility of your battery storage during an outage.

Solar Power Battery Incentives

The installation of solar battery storage is eligible for a tax credit, just like your solar PV system. In 2022, the federal Investment Tax Credit is 30% for battery storage and a solar PV system. The tax credit can apply if you install solar + battery or install the solar battery storage later. A new battery incentive of $300 per kWh of storage will soon be available for Illinois homeowners with Ameren Illinois or ComEd utility bills, thanks to the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act. More details on how to receive the rebate will be available in December, 2022.

Whether you’re looking to extend your existing solar system or are looking for a complete solar + battery solution, we can get you started with a custom quote.

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Solar Energy Battery Products

Generac Battery

Generac, a leader in backup power systems for 60 years, offers the PWRCell Energy Storage System. An entry-level battery backup for solar PV owners, PWRCell seamlessly provides up to 8.6kWh storage capacity and 3.4kW of continuous power output with a load management system to send power to your most critical appliances. Expand from 3 to 6 Lithium Ion batteries within the same cabinet and secure 17.1kWh of storage and 6.7kW of output. PWRCells are available right now for installation.

*Images from Generac

Tesla Powerwall

StraightUp Solar is a certified Tesla Powerwall Installer for eastern Missouri and Illinois. The Powerwall connects to your system via a Tesla gateway, which monitors power in and out of the batteries. Upon receiving a National Weather Service notification, the Powerwall automatically enters Storm Mode to ensure a full charge before severe weather arrives.

*Images from Tesla

Enphase IQ Battery

Reliable, Smart, Simple. The Enphase IQ Battery 10 is an all-in-one AC-coupled storage system that is reliable, smart, simple, and safe. It consists of three base IQ Battery 3 storage units, has a total usable energy capacity of 10.08 kWh, and twelve embedded grid-forming microinverters with a 3.84 kW power rating. The design can expand with ease as your energy needs grow. The Enphase intelligent Storm Guard™ feature automatically tracks weather systems to prioritize power backup if it detects an approaching storm.

*Some images from Enphase

Solar Battery Storage Solution

StraightUp Solar is the leader in residential and commercial solar systems throughout eastern Missouri and Illinois. We provide design-to-build solutions for solar panels, battery storage, smart panels, and EV charging stations. Since 2006, we’ve completed over 1,900 solar projects – an accomplishment few local companies can match. Request a custom quote today and start reaping the benefits of solar and battery storage!

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