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Is solar right for me? What about battery backup?

Updated: Jun 11

This is a big question many homeowners are asking themselves these days. California ranks as one of the highest electric rate states in the country, and PG&E has consistently raised rates in the past few years with plans for future hikes. So, homeowners frustrated with this challenging reality have a choice to make:

  1. Continue to pay increasing electricity bills with no relief in sight

  2. Purchase solar to take control of energy costs

Most would agree that option two is the smartest choice. But, let’s just be honest here, the switch to solar power can be overwhelming. So, let’s explain a few things to help you with this decision.


Solar Panel System


Purchasing a solar panel system will put you in control of generating your own electricity. You can opt to have a custom-built system customized to your household’s individual needs. For example, some choose to add a few panels to offset the cost, reducing their bill by 50% while others want a system that covers 100% of their energy bill. This tailored-made approach saves money while also keeping your budget in mind. Diamond Solar Solutions can do a digital assessment of your home that estimates the ideal system size using your previous year’s monthly electric bills. This assessment also provides a 3D, birds-eye view of your home to calculate the impact shade might have on the panel production. With this information you are provided with a custom solar panel system for your home with the desired energy production.


With that said, one thing to keep in mind is that excess electricity generated from your system goes back to the grid. You do get credit for this excess energy however the credit you receive is credited back to you at a much lower rate than the kWh rate that PG&E charges for energy. Also, should there be a power outage you will be unable to use the power generated from your solar panels. So, what’s the solution? Battery backup!


Solar + Battery Backup


Solar panels will at times generate more power than needed and then less at other times. A solar plus battery backup system allows storage of the extra solar power generated by your solar panels for use at times when they aren’t as productive or during a power outage. Combining solar + battery backup is the ideal solution!

emphase and franklin backup batteries

Why choose solar + battery backup?

At Diamond Solar Solutions, we understand that making the switch to solar power can be an intimidating process. That’s why we are here to make the transition as easy and stress-free as possible. We offer tailored solar solutions that include solar plus battery backup, and we can help you determine the best system for your needs. And with our competitive rates, you'll save more money in the long run. Get in touch with us today to learn more.


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