Why Installing Home Battery Without Solar Is Less Valuable Than Pairing Them

The sunny weather in Seguin, TX, and throughout South Central Texas, makes it an ideal region to install solar power for your home. If you’re thinking of installing a battery backup system, you might wonder if you can do so without home solar panels. Read on to learn why batteries alone is a less valuable option and won’t give you as many benefits as installing both the panels and the battery storage solution at the same time.

No Solar, No Federal Investment Tax Credit

To be eligible for the federal investment tax credit (ITC), you must purchase a renewable energy system. That credit currently stands at 26% and will remain at this level through the end of 2022, when it drops to 22%. You won’t get the ITC if you install a battery storage solution without solar panels or if you lease the solar system used at your residence.

If you’re thinking about adding battery storage without solar and just connecting batteries straight into the electrical grid for charging, we suggest rethinking the investment. If you buy and install a home battery storage solution and a home solar panel system at the same time, you will qualify for the ITC on both products. If you add batteries later or even add additional panels after the initial purchase and intall, you would again qualify for the ITC—assuming the credit still exists by the time you add the batteries or additional panels.

To maximize your renewable investment, though, we strongly suggest adding a solar panel system before investing in batteries if you can’t buy and install both together.

Battery-Only Systems Lose Out on Electricity Bill Savings

Installing a battery backup without also installing a solar panel array could potentially save certain users on electric bills; however, there’s no comparison to the savings that can be achieved through solar paired with home batteries. In fact, a home solar panel system without batteries will save more on electric bills than any battery-only solution—and the difference wouldn’t even be close. With solar and battery together, the savings can really add up.

GVEC Offers Convenient Financing Options

Keep in mind, too, that GVEC offers flexible financing options to those who qualify for all our solar panel systems and battery storage solutions. Whether you choose solar only or solar paired with battery, we offer 0% financing for qualified buyers and on-bill payments for those who also get electricity from GVEC.

Trust the Solar Professionals at GVEC

GVEC’s trusted team of professional, fully licensed electricians performs all our solar panel and battery storage installations—part of our turnkey solar solution. If you’re considering investing in home solar panels and/or a battery storage solution in Gonzales, Schertz, Cuero, La Vernia, Moulton, New Braunfels, Seguin or anywhere else in South Central Texas, we’d love to talk to you.

Our non-commissioned solar solutions specialists offer honest advice without pie-in-the-sky promises. They’ll help you design a solar solution that hits the right balance between your energy needs and your budget. To learn more, call us at 855.898.8807, and let us help you get started on a renewable energy lifestyle.