PV Solar and Storage Solutions - SMA America

SMA is the world leader in energy storage technology and has more than 30 years of experience with battery systems. Our German engineered products exceed the highest quality standards to ensure that your home’s energy supply remains secure and uninterrupted for the long-term. So whether you looking for peace of mind with whole home backup power, or home energy management to combat your utility’s time-of-use pricing, we have the right solution for your home.

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Home Backup Power - SMA America

Backup power provides a critical lifeline to families living in storm-prone regions, areas where natural disasters can occur and places where the electrical grid is simply unreliable. However, not all backup power systems offer the same level of quality and reliability. With the SMA Energy System, you can rest assured your home’s energy infrastructure will remain intact in the event of the unforeseeable.

How does the SMA Energy System backup power work with my solar system?

In a standard solar installation, your home is connected to the public utility grid. While the grid is up your system can freely produce energy for your home’s usage and it can also feed energy back into the grid or charge your batteries. In the event of a power outage, the SMA Energy System will instantaneously disconnect from the grid and provide seamless backup power to your entire home.

The SMA Energy System affords two options for backup power, depending on the needs of your family

Achieve whole home backup for the ultimate peace of mind during power outages

Achieve whole home backup for the ultimate peace of mind during power outages

Backup protected loads to ensure power is accessible to important devices

Backup protected loads to ensure power is accessible to important devices
Home Energy Management - SMA America

What are time-of-use utility rates?

Many electric utilities have moved to a time-of-use rate structure. This means the price of power is high when demand is high—but it’s not just the time of day impacting your power bill. The day of the week, and even the season, impacts pricing. Managing your power costs is complex because your home’s solar system is producing the most energy during daytime periods of low demand when electricity is worth the least amount of money.

The solution?
Home energy management with the SMA Energy System

Adding battery storage to your solar system offsets the effects of time-of-use rates and maximizes the usage of electricity your system generates. It’s simple: energy produced during the day is stored in your batteries and used in the evening when the cost of electricity is higher. This is called energy selfconsumption, and it can save you up to 45% annually on your electricity costs! What’s more, energy management from the SMA Energy System includes the proprietary Backup Lite feature.

Save up to 45% annually on electricity costs

Peace of mind with Backup Lite

Peace of mind with Backup Lite

With Backup Lite, the most critical appliances in your home can run day or night for the duration of the battery. This is exclusive to the SMA Energy System, and provides additional peace of mind and energy security to homeowners.

Typical time-of-use rate structure

Electricity costs more during times of peak demand, which is highest during the evening hours. This rate structure has an impact on both solar and solar + battery storage systems.

Typical time-of-use rate structure

Solar power only

Solar power can only be consumed as it’s produced, otherwise it’s fed back into the grid and you’re credited for that power. However, the amount you’re credited varies based on the time of day. Excess power generated by your solar system is worth less during times of lower demand. The solar energy production curve peaks mid-day when the cost of power is at its lowest. Solar production has often ceased in the evening when the cost of power is at its highest, so during peak times you’ll purchase power from your utility when it’s most expensive.

Solar power only - time-of-use

Solar power + battery storage

Adding battery storage allows you to offset the effects of time-of-use pricing by maximizing your self-consumption. Power produced during the day is stored in batteries and used in the evening when the cost of power is at its peak. The value of battery storage can:

  • Increase your home’s annual energy cost savings by up to 45%
  • Decrease the payback period for your system by up to 16%

Solar power plus battery storage - time-of-use rate structure
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We will be happy to advise you
on your PV projects.

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