Solar Power and Lithium Batteries - an ideal combination
With the advent of lithium batteries, solar power and lithium batteries are now the ideal combination for all electricity needs. This powerful partnership is more than just a passing trend; it’s the future of electricity. There are many reasons for plugging into the combination of solar power and lithium batteries which include the following:
- Very little energy is wasted in the process of charging lithium batteries, especially as compared to charging lead acid or other types of batteries.
- Lithium batteries charge faster in general, making them ideal for solar, since the time for charging with the sun is limited to daylight hours.
- Lithium batteries also have a much longer life span than other battery power solutions, with a life cycle that’s at least five times the length of lead-acid batteries.
Generally, a battery that matches the life cycle of solar panels and doesn’t require frequent maintenance or replacement is preferable. And because both solar panels and lithium batteries have relatively long life cycles, they’re well matched to provide consistent energy together over the long term.
Though the upfront costs of lead acid batteries are lower than lithium-ion batteries, once you factor in the cost of frequent replacement, lead acid batteries are easily the more expensive option. And while initially more expensive, the financial return of lithium batteries, ease of use, length of life cycle, non-toxicity and other benefits, all translate into higher cost savings in the long run. When these savings are combined with free solar power, the ideal choice is clear.
Moreover, unlike lead acid batteries, which may create harmful gases when stored in poorly ventilated areas, lithium power is clean. Therefore, there is no need to worry about gaseous toxic buildup. The power obtained from lithium batteries is just as clean as power generated by solar panels, unlike lead-acid batteries or other power sources that may also have a larger “carbon footprint”.