Can You Have Battery Storage Without Solar Panels?
Yes, battery storage without solar panels works perfectly fine! Thousands of homes in the UK currently have battery storage without solar panels. Homeowners charge up their storage batteries from the Grid at cheaper rates from firms such as Octopus. Many homeowners have battery storage without solar panels as their roofs aren’t suitable for solar panels. Does your home fall into this category? If so you can still benefit from huge savings and cheaper energy rates by installing home battery storage without solar panels.
What is a battery storage system?
Battery storage simply allows you to store electricity within a battery. This electricity could come from the Grid, solar panels or wind turbines. Having the ability to store electricity allows you to use it at a different time. Such as during a power cut or when demand is high, meaning electricity prices are higher.
Can you have Home battery storage UK without solar panels?
You’ve heard and read about battery storage, you may have been told you need solar panels to benefit from battery storage.
Well, those people are wrong! Battery storage without solar panels operates perfectly. Allowing you to save on your electricity bill, and power your home with stored power in your batteries. You can even rely on this stored electricity during power cuts if you’ve opted for an EPS (Emergency Power Supply).
How does battery storage without solar panels work?
We know you can have battery storage to store electricity without having solar panels installed, so lets look at how these battery storage without solar panels works.
Having battery storage installed at your home allows you to store electricity directly from the Grid holding it as a charge within your batteries. The electricity you stored can be drawn down to power your home when you choose. The stored power can also be called upon when you experience a power cut to continue powering your home and core appliances.
In order to get the most from battery storage and use it effectively to reduce your electricity costs, there are a few methods to look at.
In the UK there are a number of battery specific tariffs that provide customers with a cheaper rate during less in-demand times. This is usually between midnight and early hours of the morning. During this time you could charge your batteries at a lower price per kW, giving you cheaper electricity to use during peak times. You can also make the most of suppliers like Octopus who are offering higher export prices during peak times, we have seen up to 15 pence per kW being offered. If you export your stored electricity during this time and recharge during cheaper night rates you could create a passive income.
As you have to charge your storage batteries from the Grid, you cannot escape the increasing price of electricity, but you can benefit from cheaper night rates. You can also benefit from exporting stored off peak electric back to the Grid at on peak prices, generating a passive income. Adding solar panels would help you escape high Grid prices. Roof not suitable for solar? We may have a solution, such as garage, shed or even a ground-mounted system.
Benefits of home battery storage without solar UK.
If you chose to install home battery storage without solar panels there are many benefits:
- Charging your batteries during off-peak times reduces stress on the Grid.
- Reduced cost of electricity as you charge your storage batteries at a cheaper off-peak price, Octopus offer specific tariffs.
- Less reliance on the Grid as you have the option to store your own electricity.
- Backup power source during power cuts.
Cons of standalone home battery storage.
As with anything there are always draw backs. Because you have to charge your storage batteries from the Grid, unfortunately you can’t escape the increasing price of electricity. However, you can benefit from cheaper night rates and selling your stored electric back to the Grid at the higher on peak prices.
Adding solar panels at a later date would help you avoid paying high Grid prices. Even if your worried that your roof isn’t suitable for solar we can take a look for free. We may even have a solution that works for your home such as mounting solar to a shed, garage or even going for a ground mounted system.
How does a smart tariff work with battery storage?
If you’re going to have home battery storage without solar panels then a smart tariff is the perfect partner. A smart tariffs unit price of electricity changes depending on the time of day. For example, during off-peak hours, energy can be purchased for less than the standard rate. These cheap times are offered as energy is less in demand.
With battery storage installed you can take full advantage of these tariffs. You could wait until these cheaper times of the day and fully charge your storage batteries from the Grid. You can then use this stored energy throughout your home rather than drawing from the Grid.
A huge benefit of battery storage is the ability to export or sell back your stored electricity to the Grid. This is particularly useful if you can sell your electricity back during on peak times. During these times suppliers like Octopus offer much higher rates per kW for your electricity. You could take full advantage of these off and on-peak tariffs to make a generous passive income each month. Our battery storage solutions also make it easy to charge and discharge the batteries at any time of the day with handy easy to navigate apps.
How many storage batteries do I need without solar panels?
Usually, to ascertain what size or how many batteries you need we would look at these:
- Property size
- Number of people living in your home
- Your current energy usage but also any future purchase you may make that increases this usage, such as EV or hot tub.
If we are specifically looking at home battery storage without solar panels, we’ll want to take into account that you’ll be using a smart tariff. These tariffs give you a cheaper price for a shorter period usually 3-4 hours. So you’ll want to fully charge your batteries during this window.
We stock batteries from many suppliers, we have many high-capacity batteries that allow you to easily add extra batteries if you find your current setup is not enough.
Our team of expert installers can guide you through this process ensuring we provide you with a battery storage system that works for your home without the need for solar panels.
Do I need an inverter for battery storage without solar panels?
Yes, as an inverter is effectively the brain of a battery storage system. The inverter enables your system to become smart, allowing communication between your batteries and the Grid. This is especially useful to setup your system to charge during off peak times and export during on peak. The most important aspect of the inverter is it converts DC to AC ensuring safe use of electricity within your home.
Can solar panels be added to storage batteries?
If you install storage batteries alone with a view to installing solar panels in future, our team can assess how many panels your home can have with your consumption in mind, ensuring our quote matches what you’ll use. It’s then just a matter of installing the necessary equipment and adding your new solar panels to your existing battery storage system.
Considering solar panels at a later date, this article are solar panels VAT free could be useful.
Can I add battery storage to an existing solar system?
If you already have a solar panel array on your home you can certainly add battery storage. As of 1st February 2024 battery storage is now subject to 0% VAT. Meaning you can choose to add battery storage at a later date and still benefit. With the latest reduction in the VAT on battery storage we are now able to offer 9.6kWh of battery storage from just £5,510 fully fitted. With firms like Octopus offering up to 15p per kWh for export and allowing you to charge at 17p per kWh you could see your electricity bills dramatically reduced.
If you’re looking to add batteries to your home get in touch with our team now for your free no-obligation quote.