Solar Battery Backup
To get the most from your solar photovoltaic (PV) system, you should complement it with a solar battery backup system.
When using a solar PV system, any electricity generated by the system that your home does not use is returned to the main power grid. For this, you will receive a credit on your utility bill.
With a battery backup attached to your solar PV system, any electricity generated by the system that your home does not use is instead transferred to battery storage for later use. You can then use that stored energy to power home your home in the case of a power outage or during peak afternoon hours, reducing your dependency on the main power grid and reducing your utility bill.
Enphase Energy System
The Enphase Energy System brings solar, batteries, and software together in one complete package so now you can make, use, save, and sell your own power—all through a smart mobile app.
Founded in 2006, Enphase transformed the solar industry with our revolutionary microinverter technology which turns sunlight into a safe, reliable, resilient, and scalable source of energy to power our lives. Today, our intelligent microinverters work with virtually every solar panel made, and when paired with our award-winning smart battery technology, we engineer one of the industry's best-performing clean energy systems.
Visit the Enphase website for more information.
Franklin Home Power
FranklinWH is focused on energy management solutions providing safety, reliability and energy independence for homes. Franklin Home Power (FHP) is a whole-home energy management system integrating solar, battery, grid and generator power sources and managing them to optimize the safety, reliability and efficiency of home energy. The FHP is designed for simplicity and is easy to install, maintain and operate.
Visit the FranklinWH website for more information.
The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for stationary home energy storage. The Powerwall stores electricity for solar self-consumption, time of use load shifting, and backup power. Each Powerwall system is equipped with energy monitoring, metering and smart controls for owner customization using the Tesla app. A Powerwall system can include up to 10 Powerwalls, including a combination of Powerwall+ and traditional Powerwalls.
For more information, please read our article The Ultimate Guide to the Tesla Powerwall.
What We Offer
Independence from the Grid
Have you been through one too many power outages? We understand. Pairing solar with battery backup is a natural choice when facing Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Rolling Blackouts, and other power outages.
Lower Your Utility Bill
Storing your solar energy allows you to use your stored energy to avoid paying higher rates during peak hours, lowering your energy bill.
Always Keep the Power On
Many devices (for breathing and other medical needs) require constant, uninterrupted power. Solar battery backup helps provide peace of mind and a plan of action when the grid faces another outage.
Cutting Edge Technology
With the use of an app provided by the product manufacturer of your choice, you'll be able to track everything from generation, storage to usage.
Available Expansion to Fit Your Home's Growing Needs
Some of the manufacturers we carry offer expandable battery cabinets to accommodate changes to your energy usage over time.
From third-generation technology to having no single point of failure, battery cabinets have become a durable choice for power backup.
The Solar Battery Estimate Process
Due to permitting issues, we must work directly with the property owner. If you rent your home or otherwise do not own your home, a good working relationship with the homeowner is critical.
PG&E Annual Usage
We request 12-24 months of your PG&E statements to establish your average energy usage. Use our easy-to-follow guide to get your statements.
We will pull necessary permits and go over any additional work that needs to be performed (main and/or subpanel upgrades) at the time of your estimate.
Solar Income Tax Credit
We'll review your eligibility for the Solar Income Tax Credit of 26% in 2021 or 2022. You can read more about the income tax credit from the United States Department of Energy.
Battery Backup Usage Monitor
Got Watts highly recommends solar battery backup systems from FranklinWH or Enphase. We have found that these systems have proven to be the most cost-efficient and durable systems on the market.
With the FranklinWH app, homeowners can manage your Franklin Home Power (FHP) system anytime, anywhere. The FranklinWH app monitors your home electricity consumption 24 hours a day, tracking solar, grid, battery and generator supply and home consumption. It provides usage statistics for time periods including year, month and day.
Enphase home battery backup systems use the Enlighten App, available on the web and with Apple and Android apps. With the Enlighten app, you can monitor your current and historical usage and analyze the system performance against historical weather data to know what weather conditions cause you to use your battery backup system more.