Solar Storage Solutions: SunVault by SunPowerJanuary 5, 2021
As a SunPower Master Dealer, BlueSel gains access and information to the latest, most innovative solar technology to come from the always forward-thinking minds at SunPower.
For years, the solar industry has strived to produce the best solar storage systems for residential use, keeping the lights on when the power’s out. Now, SunPower has achieved this milestone, unlocking a whole new range of exciting and advanced solar power storage solutions and utilizations ripe for exploration.
In today’s blog, we’ll explore the SunPower SunVault Storage Systems, from how the system works and the ways that you can use it within your home.
5 Benefits of Solar With Battery Storage
1. Maximize Solar Energy Usage
Adding solar storage solutions to your solar energy system maximizes energy usage. This reduces your home’s reliance on grid electricity and peak-time charges. As your solar panel system converts sunlight and produces energy during the day, it powers both your home and your storage system. Then, excess energy is sent back to the grid in exchange for billing credits. In Massachusetts, these billing credits roll over month-to-month without an expiration date.
2. Smart Energy Monitoring
Smart software embedded within SunVault solar systems monitors your system 24/7, keeping a watchful eye on home energy usage and the storage battery’s state of charge. This software also monitors your home energy use and the utility rates to determine which power source is best to use at any given time, whether directly from your panels, storage or from the grid itself, optimizing your home’s energy usage.
3. Solar Battery Backup: Power Emergency Essentials
The unpredictable nature of weather in New England makes SunVault a valued component of your solar system. In the event of rolling blackouts, or even a simple neighborhood power outage, SunVault keeps the lights on as well as your essential appliances and devices, such as the refrigerator, television, heaters, etc. While local grid power outages, regional blackouts, and severe weather are often more annoying than an actual threat, the line between frustration and danger wears thing, especially during frigid winter months in Massachusetts. With SunVault solar storage solutions, you and your family can have peace of mind knowing that when the grid goes down, solar energy can power your home as long as the battery remains charged.
4. Control Smart & Efficient Solar Energy Usage
From the comfort of your mobile device, you have full access to your solar system, including stored solar energy. As the owner of home solar power, you’ve granted you and your family full control over how your energy is used, spent, and stored. This means that the days of relying solely on utility grid energy is over. With the help of your system and smart devices, you can now fully monitor your energy usage, swiftly switching from solar to storage to the grid. Our continued goal is to provide the opportunity for our customers to achieve quality energy independence.
5. Massachusetts Solar Incentives
The Solar Investment Tax Credit
Residential solar systems installed in 2021 qualify for the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), a 22% federal tax credit that, according to energy.gov, is a “dollar for dollar reduction in the amount of income tax that you otherwise would owe the federal government.” Additionally, if you include a solar storage system with your solar panel installation you can take advantage of the savings from tax credit.
Massachusetts SMART Program
If your solar system is part of the well-regarded Massachusetts SMART Program, you can add your solar storage system for additional financial benefits. According to MASMARTsolar.com, “the Storage Adder rate is calculated using the formula presented in the Energy Storage Guideline. The rate is added to the base compensation rate for the solar tariff generation unit,” maximizing your income from the SMART Program.
For more information regarding Federal and Massachusetts tax credits and solar incentives, check out our comprehensive blog covering what you need to know.
Solar Storage Installed by SunPower By BlueSel Home Solar
While solar storage is still within its early stages of home implementation, SunPower By BlueSel Home Solar has been granted a limited supply of SunVault systems. Storage units are very limited at this time, but we fully expect to see an increase in system availability shortly. If you have any questions about the new systems, timelines, and details, we’d love to chat! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding solar storage and availability.