Battery Storage Solutions for Solar Energy Systems

September 10, 2014 by Jeff Shepard

Solar3D, Inc. today announced that its SUNworks division is now offering "Battery Storage Systems" with its solar electric systems for customers seeking solar power solutions optimized for increased cost efficiency and reliability. Although not yet ideal for every solar system owner, battery storage will play a significant role in energy levelization and system outage protection. Drawing energy from the power grid during peak hours is extremely expensive, even just for a little bit of energy.

The premise behind a battery storage system is that when rates are at peak pricing during the day, the system owner can draw from the battery storage unit instead of from the grid, then pull from the grid again as rates go down. The battery storage unit can also be recharged during "off peak" pricing thus levelizing the cost of energy even further. In addition, when the "grid" goes down, these battery storage units act as backup power, keeping necessary appliances and electronics running.

"The SUNWorks team is always seeking cutting edge techonlogies and innovations to give our clients more control over their energy expenses, thus maximizing their return on investment. We believe that battery storage technology is the next 'game changer' in the solar industry," said Abe Emard, CEO of SUNWorks.

"The solar systems market is experiencing rapid growth, as evidence by the growth of our own SUNworks division. However, for solar to become a primary and reliable source of energy, it must also be useful when the sun is not shining. Battery storage systems solve some of these issues. We are excited to roll out this solution as a new revenue stream in delivering more value to our current and future customers," said Jim Nelson, CEO of Solar3D.

SUNworks is focused on the design, installation and management of solar systems for agricultural, commercial, and residential customers, delivering hundreds of 2.5-kW to 1-MW commercial systems, and with the capability to deliver systems as large as 25-MW.