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Can You Store Energy from Solar Panels?
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How do solar panels store electricity? This is a question that many people have enquired with over the years, and with this handy guide we aim to furnish you with all the information you need to make a decision on how to store energy from solar panels and whether to install solar panels at your home.
If you are thinking of storing electricity from solar energy and looking for details on how long do solar panels store energy, then it may be a more straightforward answer than you would think. Solar panels themselves do not store energy; they generate electricity that you can use to power your home. If you want to store energy for future use, you do so by combining the solar panels on the roof of your home with a solar battery storage unit.
Here at Moixa, we provide the combined solar system as our standard option, as we understand how you can maximise the potential of solar energy to take back control of your energy production and consumption, lower your energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and even add money to the value of your property should you wish to sell or refinance in future.
Some key solar battery questions are covered in these guides:
How do solar panels work in the UK?
Can you store electricity? If you are using solar panels only, then unfortunately not. That’s why Moixa has decided to sell and install a combined product and service of solar panels alongside a Moixa Smart Battery unit. This helps you utilise and elevate the best attributes of solar panels.
So, how do solar panels work in the first place? In the UK, more people over the last decade or so have started to install solar panels as they realise the potential for taking control of creating electricity. The solar panels have PV (Photovoltaic) cells within them to turn sunlight into electricity.
Now, in the first instance this means that you can connect the solar panels to anything that you wish to power, from a garden light in the back yard, to the garage, appliances in the utility room; anything across the home. During the daytime, this will mean that your house is powered by solar energy, but what happens with regards to solar energy when the sun goes down?
How do you store solar energy?
Can you store energy from solar panels? Yes, quite easily, and with Moixa we can help you fulfil that potential for your solar panels and power your home day and night.But how do solar panels store electricity? By connecting the Moixa Smart Battery to your system of solar panels, you can charge it up during the day, alongside whatever else you are powering using the solar electricity being created by the panels on the roof of the property.
When darkness falls, you can then access the electricity by using the solar battery, meaning that your home can continue to use solar power throughout the entire day and night! Another option with our flexible product is that you can charge up the Smart Battery, making major energy savings which are continually refined via the Moixa Dashboard system.
You can also make money via GridShare membership, as well as reducing your energy bills as you lower your reliance on traditional energy companies to power your appliances. All of Smart Battery units are compact and won’t look bulky or out of place wherever you choose to have them installed within the home. We offer 2kWh and 3kWh units – as well as our 4.8kWh on pre-order – ensuring that we cater to a range of solar energy needs.
Why buy a solar battery?
- Our batteries can be added to existing solar panels
- Unused solar energy can be stored for use 24/7
- Save up to 50% on your energy bills
- 2kWh & 3kWh battery options, 4.8kWh on pre-order
- 25-year solar panel warranty, 10-year battery warranty
- Free extended battery warranty if you join GridShare
How much does a Smart Battery cost?
As we stated above, we offer two (soon to be three) different types of Moixa Smart Battery. This, allied with the fact that different households will require different numbers of solar panels to be installed depending on the specific energy requirements of your home, is why we can’t just give you a definitive figure here and now.
Nor would we want to, as we understand that every customer is different to the next. If you visit our Receive a Quote page you can start to get an idea about what to expect, so we can get moving with discussing your specific energy needs and how we can help you. What we can do, however, is provide an overview of the general prices we offer:
- For a 2kWp solar panel system and 2kWh solar battery (including full installation and VAT) = £4995
For your Moixa Smart Battery alone (including installation and VAT):
- 2kWh = £2950
- 3kWh = £3450
The average Moixa customer will require 14 solar panels hooked up to a 3kWh battery unit, coming in at a cost of around £9,000. What you should also remember is that all of our prices include not only VAT, but also installation. On top of this, we can offer flexible payment options to allow you to spread the cost onto more manageable terms, while gaining access to savings right away.
How much can you save with solar panels and a Smart Battery?
As you look at the available savings, we’re confident that you can start to see the benefits and how they outweigh any costs of installing solar panels at your home. The decision we took to provide a combined product of solar panels and solar battery unit is the best one for our clients.
The solar energy produced and stored on an average day is equivalent to between 42 and 83 kettle boils per day – depending on number of panels and capacity of battery – and you’ll experience annual energy bill savings of up to 50% with a solar storage system.
On top of energy savings, you can also choose to join GridShare membership which our way of using spare battery capacity to support a low-carbon, renewable energy powered future and give us the future potential to trade spare electricity with the grid. Membership gives you access to a free extended Smart Battery warranty for as long you’re a member.
It also allows you to earn additional income, as for the first three years, GridShare members receive a fixed annual payment of £50, after which we will offer a profit-share option on future incomes generated from battery to grid services.
We’re happy to help you find a solution to the question of can you store energy from solar panels? For more information and to find out the definitive answer to your specific question of ‘can you store electricity?’ head on over to our Contact page where you can find out how to speak to a friendly member of our customer service team.
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"Having had solar panels installed a few years ago, it felt like the right time to elaborate on my energy saving plans and I’m so glad I did!"
Moixa is a leading British technology company, making solar technology smarter in order to help our clients to save up to 50% on their energy bills.
Founded in 2006, we have been developing intelligent battery products since day one. We have always focused on making energy more intelligent and efficient for homes, supporting the move away from fossil fuels by optimising the way people generate, distribute and consume renewable energy.
Our focus is always on value for the end user, and we believe a sustainable future is one that brings benefits to all involved. Through our solar battery and solar panel bundles, we have helped thousands of households to save money. Our systems allow you to store solar power and/or cheap-tariff electricity, ready to use at a time that suits your home’s energy needs and maximises your savings.
Today, with more than 45 employees, and offices in London and Manchester, we are ready to help provide ideal renewable energy solutions to clients around the UK. Each and every home solar project we take on is marked by our core values of Innovation, Collaboration, Integrity, Quality and Passion.
Our team of friendly and knowledgeable experts are always happy to speak to individuals and families about finding just the right solar battery system to meet their home’s energy profile, ensuring you get lasting value that will carry many years into the future.
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