March 3, 2020

How to Prepare Your Solar Battery System for an Outage

Our Protected Panel Designs Ensure Your Essentials Get the Energy They Need

For many people, the entire point of getting an off-grid solar setup is being prepared for power outages. If power is cut off due to wildfires or inclement weather, you need to feel confident that your family won't be left in the dark. Very few people realize that simply adding a solar battery system isn't enough to avoid significant downtime when the power goes out.

Even though they may help at first, without the right setup these batteries will only be useful for a few hours. Unleash the real power of your batteries by incorporating sub panels that help you prioritize how you use stored energy in your Woodland Hills, CA home.

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How Your Battery Responds To An Outage

No two solar batteries will be entirely the same, but they all function similarly. During the day, solar panels collect energy and send it to the home’s main electrical panel to distribute it as needed. Excess electricity is stored in battery modules for you to use later in the day. When the power goes out, you transition to the off-grid solar setup and use that stored energy to keep your home running. Limit damage from power surges as well by using your battery as a buffer once energy returns.

Why Your Protected Panel Is So Important

However, running your battery through your main electrical panel during a blackout will deplete your resources within hours. During an outage, you need to be able to prioritize essential devices to make your stored energy last much longer. Experienced installers will add a protected loads panel to your solar battery system to limit the number of circuits powered by the battery.

A protected loads panel is a sub panel for all circuits powered by your battery. Refrigerators, medical devices, and bedroom lights are usually the first ones included in these systems. SonnenBatteries will automatically use this protected panel to power your home instead of sending energy to your main panel.

Once your protected panel is set up, there’s no risk of wasting valuable resources on pool pumps, air conditioning, or non-essential appliances. During an outage, smart solar battery solutions like sonnen’s ecoLinx even let you manage where energy goes in real time. Not only can you manage devices, but you can see which are taking up the most energy and adjust your future outage plans accordingly.

Just setting up a protected panel isn’t enough. It would be best if you worked with a professional like Green Convergence who can install one efficiently and reliably. A clean, organized wiring solution is vital to having an off-grid solar setup that will be reliable whenever an outage happens.

Energy independence is crucial to the lifestyle of California residents. Through solar panels, solar battery systems, and expertly designed protected panels, you will never be left in the dark again. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with our team to find a solution designed to meet your needs. All you have to do is give us a call at (661) 491-5111, fill out our contact form, or chat with us below.


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