Can Solar Panels Help During A Power Outage

Can Solar Panels Help During A Power Outage?

July 30, 2021

It seems like every other day, we’re hearing more and more about power outages and blackouts across the country and even in our own region. This has caused many to wonder if an investment in residential solar energy can help them keep the lights on, even when the grid goes down. And, that answer may be yes, depending on a few factors. 

In today’s blog, let’s explore how home solar systems can help you power your home even during power outages. We’ll take a look at solar battery storage, a necessary piece of equipment if you want to potentially power your home during blackouts.

Being Prepared For Mother Nature’s Worst

While power outages typically last a short amount of time, some can last days, or even weeks, as seen in Texas last winter. For this reason, even if you do not decide to invest in solar power with battery storage, you should always be prepared for lengthy power outages. 

This is especially true in New England, where blizzards, nor’easters, and even the occasional hurricane and tornado are all possible.

While traditional power generators are a viable option that many utilize, they can be loud, hard to maintain, and release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the air.

Solar Panels With The Addition of Battery Storage

how to power your home during a power outage

To power essentials in your home during blackouts, you’ll most likely require battery storage in addition to solar panels as part of your overall residential solar system. Currently, this is the only way to run your house off solar power during power outages. Thankfully, solar battery storage is now more accessible than it has been in the past.

Charging Your Solar Battery

When your panels convert electricity to your home during “powered” up hours of daylight, any excess energy is sent to your solar battery. This energy can then be used during the nighttime hours or saved for other circumstances, such as local or regional blackouts and power outages.

The amount of energy and powered-on time at your disposal depends on the storage capacities of your batteries. 

Do I Need Solar Storage To Power My Home During Power Outages?

Without solar storage, unfortunately, your home will not be able to run off solar power during a power outage. Solar panels still need to be connected with the grid to perform correctly. Once filled, solar batteries do not require a grid connection to release the energy into your home. However, once emptied, these batteries will need to wait until the power comes back to recharge.

Although it is worth noting that limiting your electricity consumption to essential appliances and household activity, you can effectively extend the amount of powered-up time during the outage.

If you’d like more in-depth information regarding how long solar battery power can last in your home, as a SunPower Master Dealer, we’d like to point you towards SunVault’s solar battery storage calculator. Here, you can select your home’s square footage, solar system size, and the appliances that you’d like to keep powered up to see an estimate of how long solar battery power would last during downtime.

A Compact, Technologically Advanced Solution

Many of today’s solar batteries are more compact and efficient than ever before, making them a great addition to your solar energy system. Whether you currently own a home solar system or wish to bundle solar batteries with your solar investment, there are many options available.

Consult Our Team For More Information On Solar Batteries

If you have any questions regarding solar battery storage and how it can help power your home during power outages, please contact the team here at BlueSel for more information.