To truly live off the grid, you need a home battery. A home battery acts as a bridge between your house and the power grid, so when there is a power shortage it will act as a backup electrical system. While it runs, the home battery stores power from the grid or your solar panels which it deploys throughout your home.

How a battery connects to your home:

1. The Grid – A network of powerplants across the world that delivers power to individuals like yourself.

2. Main Distribution Panel – Circuits that run from the grid into your home appliances and rooms.

3. Home Battery System – Advanced energy storage, which can function independent of the grid.

4. Critical Loads Panel – A backup of the main distribution panel, which is powered by the home battery.

Home batteries range in power and size, from 6 kWh to 20+ kWh, the average battery having enough power to keep an LCD TV on for 50 hours. That’s at least 20 movies.

Promising companies like Swell Energy are providing state-of-the-art “smart” home batteries that are lightweight and cloud-connected for monitoring purposes.

Since PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric Company) in February 2016 had announced the Self-Generation Incentive Program now has never been a better time for off the grid living.

Robert Sarai

Robert Sarai is a leading expert in energy efficiency and sustainability with L.A. Solar Group. He oversees development and marketing efforts to guide property owners toward smart energy solutions. He can be contacted directly at 818-946-2320 or robert@lasolargroup.com. LinkedIn Profile