Solar power is more affordable, accessible, and prevalent in the United States now than ever before. But what happens to solar power in the event of an outage? You guessed it: It shuts down. California homeowners are all too familiar with frequent outages as utility companies intentionally cut power to help prevent disastrous wildfires. These frequent Public Safety Power Shutoffs affect vast areas of California, including Simi Valley and Greater Los Angeles, which is why more solar homeowners in these areas are investing in solar battery backup power to keep their solar running and their lights on when the grid goes offline.
What’s Causing California Power Shutoffs?
The Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events are massive preemptive power shutoffs used as an attempt to prevent wildfires from being started by electrical equipment during strong and dry winds. Though PSPS has been a safety practice in California for many years, residents saw a surge in October 2019 when more than 3 million people lost utility-provided electrical power by the end of the month.
The risk and size of wildfires have escalated in California as the state population continues to grow in areas that were formerly wilderness. California is facing unprecedented territory, and residents will continue to preemptively lose power until new solutions are put in place.
How To Store Solar Energy
When you add a battery backup solution to your solar system, you can ensure your home will continue running in the event of a power outage. In fact, you won’t even notice that the power went out. A solar battery backup solution provides greater energy independence for the eco-conscious home by detecting grid outages in real-time and instantly switching to stored battery power—granting you greater peace of mind that your home will continue running without interruption.
How Do Solar Batteries Work?
During the day, your solar panels may produce more energy than your home needs. Your battery storage solution will then save that excess solar energy and make it available on-demand, whether it’s after the sun goes down or in the event of a power outage.
Trust Green Convergence For Your Solar Storage Needs
We are locally owned and operated, which means your community is our community. We understand the frustration and devastation that can come from California power outages, and we’re committed to helping you connect with the best integrated solar system to help you meet your unique energy-saving goals.At Green Convergence, we’re authorized dealers and installers for a variety of high-end storage solutions, such as Tesla Powerwall and sonnenBatterie. We partner with the industry’s best so you can be confident that the backup energy you use is still sustainable, renewable, and efficient.
Discover the magnitude of having seamless backup power—especially when you need it most. To learn more about battery storage for your solar home, connect with our team by calling (661) 491-5111 or by filling out our online contact form.
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