A solar panel and battery storage duo is a good combination that can provide renewable energy throughout the night, during power cuts, or even on cloudy days.
However, this duo can only be efficient and sufficient for meeting your electricity needs once correctly installed.
That's why we've developed this complete installation guide on installing a solar battery storage and panel system in your home.
Let's get started!
Solar panels work best when combined with the proper solar battery storage equipment. In this case, solar panels produce energy, which is transferred to the solar battery storage through a solar charge controller.
The stored direct current electricity is then converted to alternating current through the solar inverter (AC battery systems) once the solar energy is needed for the appliances, lighting fixtures, or other equipment.
But, before that process can be completed, here is a step-by-step guide on installing solar panels and solar battery storage systems.
The first thing you need to do is to set up the scaffolding.
The Scaffolding is a makeshift structure that acts as a safety net and support foundation for panel installers, electricians, and other professionals who install solar panels and the solar system as a whole.
To set up the scaffolding, here are the things you need to remember:
After securing the scaffolding, you can install the solar panels' mounting system.
This system, also called solar module racking, is best known for keeping the solar panels intact on the roof during calm daylight hours or extreme weather conditions.
Here is how to install these solar panels mounts:
Once you are done with the mounts, you can proceed with the solar panel installation proper.
This step is easy because most solar panels have a built-in mount design for easy connection to the panel mounts.
All you have to do is secure the placement of the panel with its respective mount. Ensure that it is tightly attached to prevent slipping or electricity generation efficiency issues.
When the panel and the mount are settled, the next step is to wire the solar panels or install electric wiring.
But, before you do that, ensure that you turn off the electricity from the main switch of your household to prevent electrocution.
Then proceed with these steps:
The next step in completing your solar PV system is to install the solar photovoltaic inverter. In installing solar inverters, the key reminders are the following:
After installing the solar inverter, connect it to the solar battery storage system by connecting the corresponding energy storage positive terminals and their negatives.
The solar inverter in a solar system converts the spare electricity stored inside the solar batteries into alternating current, which is used to power your electric vehicle, lights, and other appliances.
For solar PV systems to work, solar inverters must be connected to the consumer unit. The consumer unit is the main distributor of AC electricity from the inverter.
This is crucial as an electric consumer unit prevents damage to your wirings, panel system, and other appliances by distributing ample electricity from the storage system.
Once you have installed your solar PV (photovoltaics) panels, solar panel battery storage, solar charge controller, and solar inverter, you are down to the last step – testing if the solar panel system works.
This step is simple; all you need is to follow this procedure:
Installing solar panels and solar batteries is easy, but you need to have enough knowledge of how the system works and, most significantly, your roles and responsibilities.
To help you, we have listed what you need to remember before, during, and after your PV panel and solar battery installation process.
First, you need to be a licensed solar installer with documents and licenses proving you are legitimate. To become one, you need to possess the following qualifications:
Before your installation work starts, you must be mindful of what to wear and prepare your action plan.
For a smooth-sailing panel, inverter, controller, and solar battery installation process, here are the things you must remember:
Once you have successfully installed your solar panel battery storage system, there are things you still need to bear in mind, such as
PRO TIP: Including a generation meter to systematically record generated energy is better.
Based on our experience, if you want the solar battery storage system and panels to be as effective as when you first activated them, you must take care of them through regular maintenance.
Solar battery storage systems and panel maintenance are less extensive than you think. You only need regular cleaning and annual inspection for the two systems to work consistently.
Here are the specific things to do when cleaning your solar photovoltaic panels:
Here are some of the things you need to determine during the inspection:
Another thing that can make your existing solar panel system and solar battery storage system worth it is by understanding the following:
In the United Kingdom, there have been 1,231,125 solar panels installed because people believe in the benefits solar PV panels and solar battery systems can provide.
These benefits include saving money, protecting and preserving the environment, and offering users a resilient and durable energy source.
To help you realise the full potential of your solar battery and panel duo, we have expounded on their benefits below.
With rising energy bills, people cling to the most prevalent benefit when deciding to install solar batteries and panels is financial savings.
You can definitely save money with a panel and solar battery storage system because of the following cost-saving measures attached to them:
Aside from saving money, you can also have a beneficial environmental impact when using solar batteries and panels to produce your own energy. Here are some of the eco-friendly perks they offer:
Another benefit you can get from a solar home battery and grid system is its reliability. Its usable capacity and storage capacity are helpful factors that harness the sun's energy, producing clean electricity that lasts long.
Moreover, the grid and storage system is reliable for the following reasons:
Drawing from our experiences with solar storage systems, we discovered that several factors must be considered before installing such systems, such as the type of solar grid or panel used, location, cost, and maintenance.
We'll discuss the four factors below in a way that makes sense, allowing you to understand their importance and how to use them to choose the right panels and batteries for your needs.
The first factor on the list is the type of solar grid or panel you want and need to use. There are four well-known solar grid types currently on the market, and these are:
The solar grid or panel must be placed and angled in the right direction for your energy storage system to produce energy that can power an electric vehicle or electric car and its rechargeable battery, plus other appliances in your home.
We recommend that your panel be south-facing. Moreover, it will be better if the following conditions are observed:
Before installing home batteries and panels, you must always keep the overall cost in mind, which includes the following expenses:
The cost will vary depending on the types of panels and batteries you buy and how many you will need to cover your home's electricity needs (e.g., your monthly electricity usage in kilowatt-hours).
Also, choose professional solar installers and electricians to ensure you get the best results and to utilise the cost of labour expenses of installing your panels and batteries.
Before you install energy storage systems, factor in the maintenance cost. It does not usually cost much, as an energy storage system only requires light cleaning and annual assessments.
However, the type of panel you purchase will still play a vital role in the total cost.
We know that you still have questions in mind when it comes to solar grids and home batteries.
With that, we have answered some of your FAQs in this section.
Yes, connecting a panel grid directly to a solar panel battery is okay when you have a low-voltage panel and a car battery.
However, for long-term household energy use, it is best to connect a solar charge controller between the two as it generates enough electricity for the home battery. With this, it does not result in overcharging and overheating.
Yes, solar home battery storage is a good investment because of the following benefits it offers:
Panels and batteries that provide energy from the sun are ideal partners when it comes to energy storage, as they allow you to have renewable electricity that can cater to all electricity needs.
However, they require proper installation to achieve the maximum benefits of solar batteries and panels.
This was a complete guide to installing a solar energy storage system. By following the instructions above, you should be able to make the most out of your solar system in any weather or time of day.