AC vs. DC Solar Storage Explained

Let’s talk AC and DC – no, not the band. It’s true that the solar energy sector is rockin’ in Florida but the team at Solar Bear wants to make sure that homeowners have all the information on these electricity essentials. Read on to see which solar storage option is the best fit for your home.

When you first decide to go solar, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of electric current, AC and DC, and how their battery storage works. The type of electrical current between a solar panel system and a battery can either be an Alternating Current (AC) or a Direct Current (DC). Most systems produce a Direct Current – so why opt for an AC battery storage at all? Your appliances! Most home appliances like washers, microwaves, and more operate on an AC connection so systems have to convert from DC to AC using an inverter. An AC two-box solution (one for inverter and one for battery storage) is usually more cost-effective and the easiest to install. This is also a great option if you are retrofitting a current system. Oppositely, a DC-connected battery storage system shares one “hybrid” inverter with solar panels. Because it is a less intricate process, it’s best for new solar and storage system installations. 

Adding battery storage may be more expensive on the front end but there are great financing options available for homeowners. Our experts are trained to use every resource possible to get you the best financing available. Local, state, and federal incentives can also offset much of the initial cost of a solar system. Be sure to take advantage of options like net metering, a process that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid, and tax credits like the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit.

Want to learn more about AC and DC? Well, meet us on the Highway to Hell-o Solar. We can help you identify the best solar system design for your home. Schedule your free home estimate or give us a call at (813) 993-4252 today!