Energy Storage

Solar Distancing: Can batteries and generators coexist on the same system?

Solar Distancing: Can batteries and generators coexist on the same system?

April 1, 2020 at 5:10 pm Comments are Disabled

So you have a generator and want to add batteries and solar. Or, you have a solar + storage system and want to add a generator. Can you even do this? And is it worth it? Paul Dailey, director of product & market strategy with Outback Power, shares his thoughts,Read More

Coronavirus impact: Wood Mackenzie could drop its global energy storage deployments forecast by 19 percent

Coronavirus impact: Wood Mackenzie could drop its global energy storage deployments forecast by 19 percent

April 1, 2020 at 9:52 am Comments are Disabled

If coronavirus containment measures continue to curtail movement of goods and people through Q2 this year, alongside an economic downturn, the market impact could trim Wood Mackenzie’s 2020 global energy storage deployments forecast by 19%. This equates to a 3 GWh reduction over the year. Notably, this would still make 2020Read More

Solar Distancing: How to add energy storage to a grid-tied solar PV system

Solar Distancing: How to add energy storage to a grid-tied solar PV system

March 31, 2020 at 5:15 pm Comments are Disabled

If a home already has an existing solar PV system, energy storage can be added as a retrofit via AC coupling — as long as you have the right inverter in place and understand the nuances. Ian McCluskey, Associate Product Manager for Outback Power, explains how to do it, andRead More

Solar Distancing: Difference between grid-dependent solar and grid-connected solar with storage

Solar Distancing: Difference between grid-dependent solar and grid-connected solar with storage

March 30, 2020 at 7:26 pm Comments are Disabled

What are the key differences between a grid-dependent solar system and a grid-connected system with storage? Which provides backup? And what does it mean for a system to be “flexible?” We are joined by Brian Lawrence, North American Sales Manager for Outback Power to answer those questions. Solar Distancing archiveRead More

Stem launches online program to certify solar installers as storage experts

Stem launches online program to certify solar installers as storage experts

March 30, 2020 at 10:51 am Comments are Disabled

Stem, Inc., a leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, continues to push its Partner Program by launching Stem University, an online certification program that provides required educational classes and tools for solar companies to gain expertise in storage. Stem’s partner program now has more than 50 active solarRead More

Generac debuts an automatic transfer switch with home energy monitoring built in

Generac debuts an automatic transfer switch with home energy monitoring built in

March 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm Comments are Disabled

Power outages from coast to coast have created a growing demand for home standby generators. With electric utility bills also on the rise, Generac Power Systems is answering the challenge of protecting homes from outages while also protecting bank accounts with a new energy-monitoring PWRview Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS). WithRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 5: Basics of battery recycling

Solar Distancing, ep. 5: Basics of battery recycling

March 27, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, joins us again to discuss what to do with batteries when they have reached end of life. Can you recycle them? Which kinds? And how do you go about doing that? Solar Distancing archive Episode 4: Battery charging and monitoringRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 4: Battery charging and monitoring basics for solar + storage

Solar Distancing, ep. 4: Battery charging and monitoring basics for solar + storage

March 26, 2020 at 9:31 am Comments are Disabled

We chat with Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, about what to consider when charging your battery bank (avoiding over and undercharges, understanding set points and why) and how homeowners or solar installers can monitor their batteries’ health. Solar Distancing archive Episode 3: How to sizeRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 3: How to size a battery bank for your solar PV system

Solar Distancing, ep. 3: How to size a battery bank for your solar PV system

March 25, 2020 at 9:08 am Comments are Disabled

We chat with Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, about why sizing your home’s energy storage system properly is important, and then we get a quick lesson on how to size a system correctly. Solar Distancing archive Episode 2: What should solar installers work on duringRead More

SolarEdge offers the only EV charger/solar inverter on the market.

Solar PV technology trends from the 2020 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

March 24, 2020 at 8:09 am Comments are Disabled

As part of our 2020 Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide, we asked manufacturers to tell us one trend emerging in the marketplace solar installers should be considering. Here is what they had to say. Residential Inverters as a strategic hub Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing & Product Strategy and FounderRead More