The Latest in Residential Solar + Storage
Battery technology is continuing to advance at a rapid rate. As batteries become cheaper and easier to use more companies are developing their own residential energy storage solution. We thought now would be a great time to go over a few, of the many, options available to install. Below we have recapped the latest in residential energy storage for 2020.
SolarEdge — StorEdge
Thanks to SolarEdge’s StorEdge, installers can provide homeowners with a solution that easily manages their solar and storage needs. This inverter is a key part of any residential solution as it automatically stores unused solar power into a residential battery system. Giving homeowners the power to maximize both energy independence and savings while presenting installers the opportunity to fill all of their customer’s needs. The StorEdge inverter is compatible with the LG Chem Resu battery pack. Learn more here.
Enphase — Encharge 3 and Encharge 10
Enphase offers two different options for storage solutions, the Encharge 3 and 10. The Encharge 3 and 10 battery packs provide backup protection for both new solar installations and retrofitted for previous customers. With a total energy capacity of 3.36 kWh, the Encharge 3 is perfect for those looking to start small and slowly increase their storage capacity. The Encharge 10 is larger than the 3 and has an energy capacity of 10.08 kWh. Multiple Encharge 10’s can be connected in order to maximize backup capabilities.
LG Chem — RESU
The LG Chem RESU 10H lithium-ion battery is a great option that pairs well with most solar panel systems and inverters. The LG Chem RESU 10H has 9.3 kWh of usable energy capacity. Because it is a battery storage solution and pairs with most off-grid and hybrid inverters, the RESU 10H can provide homeowners with energy even once the sun has set or if the grid is down. If you aren’t yet, become an LG Chem certified installer now to add this product to your line of business. More information can be found here.
Panasonic — EverVolt
Panasonic’s EverVolt is the company’s newest product in the battery market and a powerful residential storage option. This wall-mounted battery can supply 7.2 kW of output power, with grid support. Available in a four- or six-battery configuration, this AC-coupled storage system works with or without solar and delivers a clean usable energy capacity ranging from 11.4 kWh to 17.1 kWh. More specifications about the EverVolt can be found here.
Generac — PWRcell
Generac, a longtime player in the generator industry, has diversified its offerings and introduced the PWRcell, a solar battery storage system. The PWRcell battery, in conjunction with the PWRcell Inverter, can provide up to 17.1kW of usable energy to a home. The PWRcell is also incredibly flexible; the batteries can be configured between 3 to 6 modules which provide a range of continuous power from 3.4 kW to 6.7 kW.
Q.CELLS — Q.Home
The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 is the final residential storage solution we will look at in this article. The product is available for both AC-coupled and DC-coupled systems. The Q.Home can provide the storage capacity for homes based on the project’s need, it can offer capacity from 4.5 kWh to 18.9 kWh while also providing backup power between 2.5 and 7.5 kW. Three batteries can be installed together with only 1 inverter required.
SMA — Sunny Boy
Compatible with multiple options, the SMA Sunny Boy is a great solution for residential solar storage. Included with the Sunny Boy is access to the SMA Smart Connect system, making your system easily controllable from your smartphone. It’s maximum DC voltage of 600 V, and maximum AC voltage is dependent on your existing system. SMA prides itself on the Sunny Boy’s ease of installation — due to its lightweight, installation can be done by just one person! Additional information can be found here.