Emergency Backup Power Options
When you have solar on your home you want to be aware of what you might need in case of a power outage. There are different options to consider when looking at a backup energy solution ranging from basic to high-tech. The costs would range as well based on the direction you choose to go with the coverage. Let us at ABP Electrical help you find the best option for your project.
In my opinion, here are the best options to consider:
- Manual Transfer Switch, for a generator, these cost roughly$1000. This setup allows you to connect a generator safely to your home and run power to a few critical items in the home, refrigerators, freezers and a few lights.
- Automatic Generator Package, this is an entire setup from the automatic transfer switch that automatically starts the generator as soon as it detects a power loss and it will shut it down after power is restored. These range from approximately $9000 and up and can include propane tanks if there is no natural gas in the home.
- Daylight Backup, this is only available through EnPhase, if you already have EnPhase this can be a great option to give you some backup power. This will provide power during an outage as long as the sun is shining and the solar is being produced. This option will power your refrigerator and a few lights.
Battery storage, this is the most expensive option but it also has some great advantages. This allows your solar to function even if the grid is down and it provides peak power shaving in the evening to reduce your demand. While still in peak hours the solar will work even when it has shut off for the evening. The loads handled range from minimal with one battery that will run the refrigerators and a few lights and outlets to back up the whole home and running up to 2 AC’s at once.