Why Your Home Needs a Storage Battery

In the pursuit of a greener and more sustainable future, renewable energy sources such as solar power have become a popular choice for homeowners looking to generate their own electricity while reducing their carbon footprint. In the quest for practical renewable energy solutions, however, there's an important factor to consider: energy storage. Let’s explore some of the key reasons why your home needs a storage battery, and why it's a worthwhile investment in the long run.

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The solar dilemma

Solar energy is undoubtedly one of the best forms of renewable energy available today. It harnesses the power of the sun to generate electricity, significantly reducing your reliance on conventional power sources. But there's a catch – you can lose the majority of the electricity your solar panels produce if you don't use it as it is being generated. This limitation poses a significant challenge to maximising the benefits of solar energy.

The solution is the investment in a home battery storage system. This innovative green product is vital for accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Brands like SolarEdge, Givenergy, Myenergi and Tesla offer Electrical Energy Storage System (EESS) solutions that complement your solar panels, allowing you to store and save the excess energy you generate.

Never pay peak prices again

While integrating a battery into your solar setup may come with an initial cost, the long-term benefits are substantial. Solar systems typically send surplus energy back to the grid, and during sunless periods, you end up paying for the electricity like a regular consumer. A major recent development is the ability to charge your battery from the grid during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower, ensuring you never pay peak prices. Installing a battery storage unit without a solar PV system has now become a viable option.

What’s more, solar installations in the UK are currently 0% VAT rated, allowing you to save on VAT when you install a battery alongside your solar panels. Frome February 2024 adding a battery storage system to an existing solar PV system, or as a stand alone unit will be 0% VAT too.

The benefits of home battery storage

Off-grid independence
With a home battery, your energy becomes your own, and you can even sell excess power back to the grid during high-demand periods.

Lower utility bills
Pairing solar panels with a battery can reduce your energy bills by up to 90%. The battery can also store grid energy during cheaper, greener off-peak times.

No energy wastage
Your solar power is never wasted with a battery; it's stored for later use, even when you're away from home.

Energy day and night
The use of an Electrical Energy Storage System (EESS) ensures a constant supply of cheaper energy, regardless of whether the sun is shining or not.

Low maintenance
Once installed, solar panels and home batteries require minimal maintenance, allowing you to enjoy the benefits hassle-free.

Using solar power and a battery reduces your carbon footprint, benefiting both you and the environment.

Why choose Evergreen for your storage battery needs

As the UK moves towards greener homes, aligned with the government’s zero carbon target for 2050, technologies like battery storage systems are set to play a crucial role.

To take the first step toward a more eco-sustainable home, while saving on your energy bills in the process,  get in touch with Evergreen Renewables today. Our expertise in solar and storage solutions will ensure you make the right choice.

Posted on December 15th 2023

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