Keep your Savings in Store with Solar Battery Energy Storage
Maximize Your Savings
A home battery stores the clean energy you produce today to keep your lights on and your electric bills low tomorrow, the next day, and into the future. Smart batteries require little to no maintenance and may qualify for local, state, or federal incentives.
Bank on Power
Skip searching for candles, resetting your clocks, or tossing out food when brownouts or blackouts roll through the area. Your home battery energy storage system can power your home with stored energy, even when the grid is down.
Avoid Peak Rates
Did you know that most utility companies increase rates during peak usage hours? Use stored energy to avoid peak rates: when energy prices go up, so do your savings.
Boost Your Impact
A smart home battery is the easiest way to boost the impact of your solar energy investment. Increase your use of clean energy and reduce your reliance on coal and other fossil fuels.
Three Steps to Solar Savings
Palmetto is Clean Energy, Simplified. Our three-step process is designed to get you up and running so you can plug into easy savings. Here’s how it works:
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Let us make it happen
Together, we’ll recommend a solution to optimize your savings. Then, we’ll make it happen! From design and engineering to permitting and installation—we manage the details so you don’t have to.
Tap into long-term savings and support
With ongoing support and monitoring plus optional Palmetto Protect, you can count on savings with Palmetto.
Why Palmetto?Since 2010, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners across the US access clean solar energy with end-to-end solutions that promise results you can track and savings you can count on.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is solar energy storage? How does a home battery work?
When a solar energy system is paired with a smart home battery, you can store the excess power generated by your solar panels during the day to consume at night when sunlight is low, and electricity prices may be higher. A home battery also offers reliable backup power in the event of a grid outage. By managing the power flow between your solar system, batteries, and home, an intelligent battery solution can oversee energy production and consumption and seamlessly source energy from your battery whenever the grid is down. Homeowners with a solar energy system can gain peace of mind, cleaner living, and greater control over their energy with the addition of battery energy storage. Solar + Storage = Energy Independence
What are the benefits of adding a home battery to your solar power system?
- Gain Energy Independence: Home battery technology enables you to have more control over where your energy comes from, how it gets used, and what you can do with it.
- Manage Your Clean Energy: By adding a home battery to your solar power system, you can power your home with affordable, clean energy, even during non-daylight hours or grid outages.
- Increase Your Savings: If you live in an area where time-of-use rates are available or mandatory, you can save even more by drawing power from your home battery during peak hours when utility rates increase.
- Protect the Environment: By storing the excess energy produced by your solar array, you can maximize your use of clean energy, reduce your reliance on fossil fuels, minimize your carbon footprint, and support a renewable-energy future.
How does solar energy work with my utility company?
It depends on how utilities are structured in your area. If you’re in an area with full net metering, every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy produced by your solar power system counts as a credit towards your energy bill. When your panels produce more energy than you use, the excess power is fed into the grid for use in your community. When your panels produce less energy than you use, you can draw power from the grid. Your bill will be calculated based on the total energy you use relative to the total energy you produce. If, however, you’re in an area with time-of-use rates, your utility fees are structured to increase during peak usage hours and decrease during low usage or off-peak hours. In this case, a solar power storage system may be an easy way to save money on your monthly utility costs by allowing you to tap into stored energy when rates go up, and rely on grid power when rates are low.
Why choose a sonnen home battery?
With 10 years of experience in designing and engineering smart energy management technology and over 65,000 home batteries installed around the world, sonnen is a global leader focused on clean, reliable, and affordable energy for all. Their innovative, long-lasting, and high-quality home battery solutions use lithium-iron-phosphate batteries that seamlessly and safely power homes and protect consumer investments in renewable energy for the long run. As of March 2019, sonnen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shell within its Renewables and Energy Solutions division.
What is the size of a sonnen home battery? What are the key product specifications?
- Energy Capacity: 20 kWh
- Power: 17 kW peak / 8 kW continuous
- Depth of Discharge: 90%
- 10-year or 10,000-cycle warranty
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- Energy Capacity: 10 kWh
- Power: 8.6 kW peak / 4.8 kW continuous
- Depth of Discharge: 100%
- 10-year or 10,000-cycle warranty
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Is there a maximum amount of energy I can store?
- Each sonnen eco has a maximum usable storage capacity of 20 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or 20,000 watt hours.
- Each sonnenCore has a maximum usable storage capacity of 10 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or 10,000 watt hours.
What happens when it’s full?
With residential solar energy storage, any excess energy that is produced and not immediately used by your household will function to charge your battery. This, in turn, allows you to access stored energy any time your energy usage exceeds production. Homeowners not connected to the grid often choose to increase their solar energy storage capacity to enable uninterrupted power regardless of weather or time of day.
Do solar home batteries need to be located in a specific place in my home?
Depending on the home battery selected for your solar power system, there are key placement and installation precautions to consider. Sonnen batteries are usually installed in basements or garages, depending on customer preferences and local permitting requirements. Our certified installers will work with you to determine the best location for your needs and preferences.
Are sonnen home batteries easy to maintain?
Once installed, sonnen home batteries require little to no maintenance. For optimal airflow and efficiency, homeowners should keep a two-foot radius around the battery clear of items, providing easy access to the battery when needed.
Do home batteries make any noise?
Unlike a generator, a home battery is remarkably quiet. For example, the sonnenCore emits less than 25 dB when operating - as quiet as a whisper. Note: In the event of a power outage, the battery will make a momentary loud noise when it disconnects from the grid, and again when it reconnects.
Is a battery energy storage system safe? Is a sonnen home battery safe?
When properly installed by a certified sonnen installer, a sonnen home battery is safe and produces little noise and zero harmful exhaust. However, there may be safety precautions to consider, especially in the case of natural hazards such as flooding and fire. Sonnen battery owners should read the product manual carefully to be aware of key precautions and safety recommendations. Since safety and quality are critical to sonnen, their battery systems use lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery technology, which is the safest and longest-lasting technology on the market. All sonnen batteries are certified and listed to UL 9540 and 9540A standards for fire safety and are suitable for multiple applications, including time-of-use load shifting, solar self-consumption, and emergency backup power. Sonnen's LFP batteries are also 100% recyclable through their headquarters in Atlanta, which has an established program with a local R2 recycling facility. Palmetto’s dedicated customer care team is on-call to address any questions or concerns.
How do I choose the best battery for my home? What do the battery specs mean?
- Energy capacity - the total amount of electricity a solar battery can store measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh)
- Power - the amount of energy a battery can deliver at any given time as measured in kilowatts (kW)
- Depth of Discharge (DoD) - the maximum percentage of a battery’s total capacity that you can use before it is necessary to recharge
- Round trip efficiency - the energy available to use relative to the energy the battery requires to store that energy, measured as a percentage
How long do batteries last? Do they come with a warranty?
How much does a solar energy system cost? How much does the solar battery cost?
The total costs for your solar energy system will depend on the size and complexity of your solar array and the amount of energy storage you require. During the initial consultation, survey, and design process, we’ll work with you to outline your overall costs as well as financing options and any incentives you may be eligible for.
Are there financing options available?
Yes, there are several financing options available. Two of the more common options are 1) a solar energy loan, which functions like a home improvement loan, and 2) an energy efficiency mortgage designed to help homeowners fund updates on fixtures and features. If you’re interested in financing a solar energy system, Palmetto’s dedicated customer care team is available to help clarify your options and identify which solution might work best for your needs.
When will I make my money back?
Most homeowners can anticipate a break-even point or payback period between two and seven years. This is when your total energy savings will exceed your total installation costs, and varies based on a number of factors including the cost of utilities in your area, the amount of energy you use relative to the amount of energy you produce, the size and complexity of your solar energy system, your solar energy storage capacity, your eligibility for local and federal incentives, and your preferred financing method. That said, while utility rates continue to rise, clean technologies have never been more affordable or efficient. As a result, homeowners are seeing a faster return on their investment.
Are solar energy storage batteries eligible for rebates, incentives, and tax credits?
What does it mean to be “off-grid”?
A home that functions “off the grid” is not dependent on public utilities, namely power and water. That said, wherever public utilities are available, we recommend maintaining a connection. This allows you to source power from both public utilities and solar panels depending on your usage needs relative to the power generated by your solar array. Homeowners who wish to function “off the grid”, whether by location/necessity or choice, typically require a larger solar array and the addition of a solar energy storage system (also known as a battery storage system).
Should I use solar battery storage or a generator for backup power?
Unlike generators, batteries are an easy way to boost the efficiency of your home and reduce or eliminate your reliance on fossil fuels. When connected to a solar panel system, batteries store power generated from sunlight and are recharged with clean energy every time the sun hits your solar array. By contrast, most generators rely on natural gas or gasoline and must be supplied with a steady stream of fossil fuel. Solar batteries are small, quiet, and produce no exhaust while generators are often quite noisy and release harmful pollutants into the environment, including high levels of carbon monoxide. As for cost: While solar battery storage may cost you more on the front end, batteries require little to no maintenance, run on energy generated by the sun, and are often eligible for federal, state and local incentives. Generators require ongoing fuel costs and maintenance to remain operational and safe.
What can a solar panel monitoring system tell me?
The data collected from a solar panel monitoring system allows you to track energy production and consumption across time. Production data, or the amount of energy your solar panels produce, is a measure of efficiency, and while production will vary based on weather, season, and time of day, extreme variations may indicate a need for repair. Consumption data is a measure of energy usage in your household and can help you to make informed choices that reduce your energy usage and save you money.
Real-time solar monitoring
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