A solar system refers to a situation where both solar panels and a storage battery are installed together to create a system that encompasses your entire home’s energy needs. Whilst it is possible to have just solar panels installed, or if you already have them then it’s possible to have a battery only installation, but sometimes the best option is to have both installed together.
Solar panel systems can be expanded, especially if you know you plan on adding to them later. If you add microinverters to your solar panels, rather than a string inverter during installation, you can easily add more solar panels to expand your system and generate even more power.
Similarly, solar batteries are modular batteries. This means that if you wanted a battery that was 6kW, you wouldn’t get one large battery, but rather you would have two 3kW batteries connected working together. This means that if you want to increase your storage capacity you can simply add another battery to connect to your existing batteries and expand your storage!
The majority of people will find themselves out of the house when energy generation is highest, which is during the middle of the day. Even though solar panels don’t need to rely on sunlight, and instead can generate energy effectively through daylight alone, they do still work best when the sun is at its brightest. This means that for most people solar panels alone won’t cover their energy needs sufficiently to lower their energy bills. The addition of the battery to complete a solar system is the solution to this problem.
We have written some helpful guides, to answer some more questions you might have about the wonderful world of solar!