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How Much Does the sonnenBatterie Cost?

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How much does the sonnenBatterie cost compared to Tesla’s Powerwall?

With the German battery storage manufacturer sonnenBatterie entering the US market and announcing a new, low-cost option for the US, interest in their products seems to be gaining traction on this side of the Atlantic. Let’s take a look at who sonnenBatterie is, how much sonnenBatterie costs, and how they compare to their competitors.

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How to Store Solar Energy with a Solar Battery

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Choosing a solar battery to store your solar energy.

Solar energy from your roof sounds simple, right? The sun shines, electricity is created, and it powers your home. But a lot of people wonder… what happens at night, or on cloudy days when your panels don’t produce? Wouldn’t it be nice to store the extra power you create on a bright, sunny afternoon with a solar battery so you can always make use of solar energy?

Solar battery storage isn’t just a household problem, but a challenge the solar industry is tackling as a whole. Solar is an effective, clean, affordable form of power, but it won’t truly be able to take over until storage technology catches up. The industry has been taking off in the past few years, and the race for solar storage has been dubbed a ‘technology arms race’.

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The Basics of Off-Grid Solar

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Have you ever considered the freedom and independence of off-grid solar?

Many homeowners see going off-grid with no connection to the utility and the ability to power your own life, as quite romantic.

But what does it really take to go off grid? What does an off-grid solar installation really look like? For most homeowners who are already comfortably connected to their utility and have reliable, fairly cheap electricity, what would the sense be in going off-grid?Continue reading

How to Make a DIY Battery Bank for Your Solar Panels

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Thinking about installing batteries to go with your solar panels? No matter if it’s an off-grid mountain cabin or a battery back-up for your grid-connected homes, the basic process for planning designing your own DIY battery bank is fairly straightforward, but can be a bit confusing your first time around.

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How Is Solar Energy Stored?

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Solar energy storage is often misunderstood.

There’s a lot of information online and it’s often in the news claiming it’s the next big thing in the solar industry.  You might have heard that in places like Hawaii and California it’s even cost effective to install a solar system with storage today. But what does that mean exactly? What exactly is solar plus storage and how does it work for homeowners connected to the utility grid?Continue reading

Modular Battery System: Innovative Technology For Home Energy Storage

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A new modular battery system for home energy storage is on the horizon, ready to step in and compete directly with Tesla’s Powerwall.

Orison is a modular battery that can store either solar or grid power and redistribute it when you need it, and you can customize the system to your needs by linking up batteries for even more storage.
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Groundbreaking Hydro Storage Uses Solar Energy

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The world’s first pumped hydro storage project is being developed in Chile, using solar energy to push seawater up a cliff

Wind power has long been stored using pumped hydro. When there is too much wind that the grid doesn’t need right then; the excess wind power is used to pump water up to a reservoir. When the electricity is needed, it is allowed to rush down to turn hydropower turbines.

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