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Would you invest in battery storage as part of a solar-energy system?

  • B. Probably, if price dropped/rebate available (884 Votes)
  • C. No, too costly/complicated (296 Votes)
  • A. Yes, doing it now/very soon (131 Votes)

This is not a scientific poll — results reflect only the opinions of those voting.

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  • I have solar but not much left over. When we installed it, we leased an electric car almost the next day so we never had an excess of electricity generated. Perhaps someday we will add more panels with battery storage. Sure beats going to the gas station.

      • Well we leased because of questions concerning the battery. We would have bought the car after the lease but the dealership wanted more than the blue book value so we decided to wait for another electric car to come available which should be soon. Then we will probably buy.

      • That’s the way I interpreted the question. Our PV system has been wonderful and I would be interested in battery storage, possibly second generation, when price, safety, and reliability issues are sorted out.

        • I don’t believe that there is a standard for pv batteries.

          The best chance of interfacing a battery system with a PV system would have been when the whole system was designed together.

          At this point especially for the smaller systems, probably a simple lead acid battery would be the best alternative. It would be easy and cheap to add more batteries as needed.

  • Agree with flyinbob. Your options are too limited. Need to revise or add another: For example, “Yes, would like to, but present energy setup makes it difficult.” Many of us live in condos, and electricity is handled by the association.

    • Smart Associations with available roof space installed PV to generate power for common use areas, help to control maintenance fee increases.

      Hopefully these same Associations have also replaced all energy guzzling lights with energy sipping LEDS.

      Years ago lmy association replaced energy guzzling High Pressure Sodium bulbs with 500 watt large CFLs. Power usage dropped dramatically. Not to mention the CFL was far cheaper than the HPS bulb and transformer combo.

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