What happens with solar power during a blackout

Solar Power During a Storm or Blackout 

December 4, 2019

As New Englanders, we know that all sorts of weather can hit us. Blizzards, nor’easters, hurricanes, and the occasional microburst storm can down power lines, and thus knock out power for days, and sometimes weeks. Solar energy systems with battery backup can help make these storms more bearable. Let’s take a closer look at our new battery system that can help make living in the northeast a little more comfortable during the storms that come our way. 

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Outage Reports 

According to the latest power reports by power management company
Eaton, 36.7 million people were affected by 3,526 reported power outages in 2017. The numbers for 2018 are not looking promising either. Power outages and blackouts were unfortunately common last year as well. 

The most common causes of power outages include weather-related events such as the tropical storms that ride up the northeast coastline, or wind storms such as the “bomb cyclone” that impacted our region in October of this year. 

The west coast states of America are often impacted by wildfires, severe storms, and a new disturbing trend where power companies are preemptively shutting down the grid because they anticipate a blackout. This last example recently happened in California where customer demand and wildfires put too much pressure on the grid so the utility companies voluntarily shut down power. 

Solar Energy Systems with Battery Power 

When a blackout occurs, everything that runs on electricity loses power… unless you have another power source. Many homeowners and businesses in our region traditionally rely on backup generators, but those can be extremely loud and add large amounts of carbon dioxide and air pollution to the environment. 

A solar energy system with battery backup can be the perfect solution for the occasional storm that causes the power grid to go down temporarily. The way it works is fairly simple. During daylight hours our panels utilize Maxeon Technology®, which efficiently captures more light than other solar panels in the industry. Maxeon Technology offers a unique light-trapping surface that can grab more light, and thus more power.

During the daytime hours, your battery system, which is connected to your solar energy system, is charging from the day’s sunshine. In a scenario where the power is disrupted, your battery can run many of the functions needed in your home to be comfortable until the power is fully restored. 

Solar panels can help manage storms

Storing extra energy from your solar panels means you will be safe during storms, power outages, and other natural occurrences. The stored energy can help you keep your essential home appliances up and running during power outages. If a storm hits and lasts a couple of days your battery storage will save those perishable items in the freezer and refrigerator. Family members will be warm and won’t be impacted by the weather raging outside. 

If battery backup sounds like something you are interested in adding to your already existing solar energy system or if you are interested in installing an array on your home, contact SunPower by BlueSel at 781-514-6402 or contact us on our website for a free estimate.