HomeHow Do Power Outages Affect Solar Systems?SolarHow Do Power Outages Affect Solar Systems?

How Do Power Outages Affect Solar Systems?

How Do Power Outages Affect Solar Systems?

Not all homes face power outages equally. Some hardly ever experience them, while others deal with frequent disruptions.

These outages happen for various reasons, often tied to where you live and the typical weather conditions there. Whether it’s an electrical issue or a big storm, blackouts are something we all encounter at times. Now, let’s see how these situations might influence your solar systems.

Do solar systems work when there’s a power outage?

Solar power operates by capturing the sun’s energy and transforming it into power for your household. Sunlight hits your roof’s solar panels, undergoing a conversion into electricity. However, this electricity is initially in the form of DC (direct current). To make it usable in your home, it requires conversion into AC (alternating current), achieved through an inverter.

And here arises the challenge.

Most solar systems incorporate inverters, crucial for optimising panel efficiency. Yet, when a blackout arises, the inverter ceases to function. Even though electricity might still flow through the grid, it’s unsafe for electricians to perform any tasks. As a result, solar systems in the vicinity are deactivated to ensure the safety of workers.

How can we use our solar systems in a blackout?

Don’t worry, there’s a glimmer of hope. Solar batteries come to the rescue, offering a promising solution for those fretting over blackouts, especially in regions prone to frequent outages. Here’s how it works: battery systems seize the surplus solar power generated during the day and channel it into charging the battery, instead of sending it back to the grid. Consequently, even during nighttime or power interruptions, the battery kicks in to keep your solar system functioning and supplying electricity. Moreover, a battery system can ensure a steady and dependable power stream within your property.

But why isn’t everyone adopting this option? Well, batteries do incur an additional cost on top of your solar setup, and for many, they might not seem essential. While the popularity of getting a battery is on the rise, its adoption depends on individual residents and whether they perceive it as a necessity.

Tips for staying safe and conserving energy during a power outage

When your solar system is in place and a power outage occurs, there are steps you can take to conserve energy and ensure your safety:

  • Avoid grid connection: It’s important not to connect your solar system to the grid during an outage. This isn’t just unsafe but can also lead to severe harm to your solar setup.
  • Consider flashlights: Instead of using candles, consider using flashlights. This reduces the risk of fire.
  • Be cautious with appliances: It’s advisable not to open your fridge or freezer unless absolutely necessary. The more you open these appliances, the more cold air escapes, causing the appliance to work harder to maintain the cold temperature. This could lead to faster spoilage of your stored food.
  • Battery systems consideration: If you possess a solar battery system without backup capability, consider disconnecting it from the solar panel setup to prevent potential damage when power is restored.

Taking these precautions can help you manage the situation effectively, conserve energy, and ensure the well-being of your solar system and household.

Your Solar & Electrical Experts

Established in 2020, Tropical Solar and Electrical Services is a locally owned and operated company servicing homes and businesses throughout Mackay and surrounding areas including Moranbah, Sarina, Proserpine and Rockhampton. Whether it’s power on the roof or within the property, we’ll ensure it’s running as it should. Get in touch with our electrical experts today for a free quote. We’re available 24/7 for your convenience.

Share the Post:

Related Posts

Our locations

Established in 2020, Tropical Solar and Electrical Services is a locally owned and operated company servicing homes & businesses throughout Mackay and surrounding areas including Moranbah, Sarina, Proserpine & Rockhampton.

Our trading partners

Get a free quote today!

What they said

5/5 – from 25+ reviews

Stacey Ackley

Stacey Ackley

We received quotes from 3 different solar companies, and Tropical Solar was an easy choice. Not only were they very competitively priced, but Hunter was super informative and not pushy at all. Highly recommend 👌
 
 
Louise Saward

Louise Saward

Had Solar panels installed on our roof recently. Great guys to work with. Everything went ahead as scheduled & no fuss at all.
We highly recommend Tropical Solar & Electrical Services.

Gustaf Erasmus

Gustaf Erasmus

Great customer service and prompt call out times. Good prices too. I Have used both their electrical and solar services and cannot be happier with both. Highly recommended.

ABN

61 667 377 335

Explore

Licences

Electrical Contractors License: 91901

CEC Accreditation No.: A0612526

Trading Hours

Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Public Holidays: Closed

Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat: 7 am – 12 pm
Sun: Closed
Public Holidays: Closed

Website By Content Sites | Content By Content Hive