By Jon Franke, Aurora Solar
One of the major trends in solar is the increase in storage adoption. As storage becomes more mainstream, organizations in the solar industry have had to update their business models to account for the demand.
Why is the demand for storage rising? The answer is complex and involves many different factors.
Resiliency is the new ‘focus’ for many thinking about installing solar PV and ESS. The bottom line always talks the loudest. WE are in a technology period where one can have very reliable energy generation, energy storage systems of our own. These systems are to the point that with the proper components assembled into a system, one can get the tri 25 warranty of 25 year solar PV panels, 25 year warranty ESS that has the interactive inverter and battery pack. Folks are figuring out that with solar PV + ESS they can cut out the middleman and save money on not only electricity but on fuel if they install a charge station at home and drive an EV for transportation most of the time. That kind of savings every month on energy costs allows for a lot of folks several hundred dollars a month back into their household budgets and the solar PV + ESS systems usually pay for themselves in less than 10 years. I predict there will soon be a movement to install solar PV arrays on roofs and tie them into microgrids designed to run in grid tied with battery backup, grid interactive and resiliency (islanded) for critical home circuits to allow one to run off of solar PV and battery indefinitely with proper power shedding used.