The advantages of combining Solar Panels with Battery Storage
If you have solar panels or are planning to install them, using a battery to store the clean electricity generated by your panels can help you to maximise the amount of renewable energy you use at home.
Maximise energy savings
Battery Storage Systems store the excess energy generated from a solar PV system. They are capable of monitoring the home’s usage of electricity. The internal battery management system will automatically divert the excess energy to your battery, rather than sending it back to the grid. The battery system will then distribute the stored energy when it detects a demand in the house greater than the PV system can provide or when there is no PV generation, providing there is sufficient energy stored in the battery.
If you install a battery storage system at the same time as solar PV, you can take advantage of VAT savings. This is because a combined solar and battery storage system is considered to be a “home energy system”. This qualifies for a reduced VAT rate of 0%.
You can install a battery storage system separately at a later date. However, you would likely have to pay the full standard VAT rate of 20%.
Increased energy independence
With a battery storage system, you can reduce your reliance on the grid. Becoming more self-sufficient, and providing you with greater energy independence.
Lower carbon footprint
By using more of the energy generated by your solar panels and relying less on the grid, you can reduce your environmental impact. Contributing to a cleaner, greener future.
Future-proofing your home
Installing a battery storage system alongside solar PV can future-proof your home against rising energy costs, ensuring that you’re well-prepared for any future changes in energy policy.
Increased property value with battery storage system
A home with solar PV and battery storage is generally more attractive to potential buyers, meaning that installing a battery storage system could increase the value of your property.