Is it better to have battery storage for solar panels?

Do I need a battery storage system when I get solar panels? If so, where does this get fitted and how much space does it need?

Asked by Elly on 15th May 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Hi depends on many factors if your local to Norwich diss I’d be happy to give a free survey"
Answered on 15th May 2023 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"Definately, You will need a Battery depending on how many Solar is to be install, Battery are placed in a free heat Enviroments, Space is also depends on the LxB off the Battery"
Answered on 27th Jun 2023 - Member since Jun 2023 - report
"Battery’s are needed if you wish to have free electricity at night
They are not to big and most installs I do they go in lofts"
Answered on 16th May 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Hi Elly, it’s most definitely the best option to have battery storage when having solar panels fitted. For the hours of darkness you can then use the stored power for consuming before then reverting back to the grid.
Your supplier for solar should be able to show you examples of the size and space needed for the batteries.
They are approximately 600x400x200mm in size and mostly 2 batteries are mounted side by side or on top of each other.
Hope that helps.
Kindest regards
Elf Electrical"
Answered on 15th May 2023 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
"Hi Elly

You don’t have to have battery storage you can just have solar panels fitted. I would say it is more beneficial to also have battery storage though. You can get some decent pay back for the energy you don’t use from the likes of Octopus Energy. You can top the batteries up at night on a cheap rate and use the electric later when price per KWh is more expensive. Obviously the psnels will top your batteries up aswell. It all really depends on how big the system is, what you need to power and most importantly the pay back time set against the system cost.
Batteries can go in your loft or I prefer in a garage, if you have the space. Most batteries can be fitted outside but cold weather can affect there performance.
Hope this helps a little.

Answered on 15th May 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"It depends if you're home a lot during the day. If you are then a battery isn't necessarily required. If you're out during the day then a battery would be required to store the energy, so you can use it during the evening.

Ideally in a garage, If not the loft. You can also fit some systems externally."
Answered on 12th Jun 2023 - Member since Jan 2015 - report
"Yes. The best way to save money is to use batteries in a PV system. After the batteries are loaded, excess electricity is exported to the grid. The export price is about 50% lower than the import price. Therefore, the energy should be charged to the batteries and then used. The batteries occupy about 0.3 square meters of space near the inverter."
Answered on 6th Jun 2023 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"It is not a straight forward answer. I would in most cases say no.

A typical home battery will take up the space of a small dish washer. They vary in depth."
Answered on 18th Jul 2023 - Member since Jul 2023 - report
"you cam have a battery storage system if you want to store the generating piwer from solar panels and you can have it either in rhe loft or whereve you have a space"
Answered on 20th Jun 2023 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
"There are lot of power bank system depend of the capacity .lithuim / lead may need solar controller and inverter to change the DC to AC cerrent. it need a cool dry place to fix the system,"
Answered on 2nd Jul 2023 - Member since May 2023 - report
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