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    Solar Battery vs. Generator: Which One is Best for My Home?

    When the power goes out in your area, what are your options? Unless you have backup power at your home, it’s likely you’ll be sitting in the dark.

    Fortunately, dozens of backup power options are available to choose from – including propane, diesel, natural gas-powered generators, and solar battery systems.

    When you find the right solution for your home, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your household will keep running, even if the grid goes down.

    Here at Sandbar Solar Electric, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners turn to solar and battery backup on the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast in California, so we know a thing or two about the value of a good backup system.

    In this post, we’ll discuss the differences between solar battery backup systems and generators and help you understand which is right for you.

    What is a Generator?

    Generators and solar battery systems both provide backup power in the event of an outage. The way they do it, though, is very different.

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    Generators are the type of backup power systems most people are familiar with. Today, most generators run on liquid propane, natural gas, or diesel.

    Freestanding generators sit outside the home and either turn on manually or include sensors that detect outages and turn the generator on automatically

    Compared to solar battery backup for power outages, generators are more affordable on the front end.

    Despite the low upfront cost, though, generators require regular maintenance and typically come with small recurring costs. Generators typically require weekly self-tests and need continual refueling to run during outages.

    They produce sound when they are running as well as exhaust that is harmful to the environment.

    When a generator is maintained regularly, it can last for 10 years.

    Here are a few of the pros and cons of backup generator systems:

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    Pros:

    • Generators are more affordable upfront than solar batteries. However, solar batteries save a household money over time and there are many rebates and incentives available that can lower the upfront cost.
    • Generators are easy to connect to existing natural gas lines.
    • Generators provide round-the-clock power, as long as they have an ample fuel supply.
    • Generators are available in a variety of sizes, from small, portable units to whole-home systems.

    Cons:

    • Most generators are noisy to operate.
    • Even high-end generators require annual and monthly maintenance.
    • Generators require fuel to operate, which means they are not eco-friendly.
    • Fuel left too long in a generator can go stale, causing problems with the equipment and additional repair costs.
    • Generators create emissions during operation, creating an unpleasant smell and a high carbon footprint.

    What is a Solar Battery Backup?

    Solar battery backup systems run on electricity and are charged by a connection to the home’s solar energy system.

    The batteries store excess energy produced by solar panels and save it for later use.

    Some of the most common types of battery backups available today include:

    Solar battery storage systems are popular because they are reliable.

    When the grid goes down, a solar-powered battery backup system will draw stored energy from the batteries to power your home with no interruptions or downtime.

    In addition to providing unparalleled reliability, battery backup systems are cleaner and quieter than generators and are also a more environmentally-friendly option.

    Pros:

    • Battery backup systems operate almost silently.
    • When combined with solar, battery backup systems run entirely on renewable energy, which means you don’t have to spend money on dirty, expensive fuels.
    • Battery backup systems increase your home’s daily solar consumption.
    • Installing a battery backup system can increase the value of your home.
    • Some systems qualify for state and federal tax credits in California.
    • Battery backup systems offer low maintenance requirements and a long lifespan.
    • These systems operate seamlessly during grid outages.

    Which is Most Cost-Effective?

    The exact amount you’ll pay for backup power depends on your home’s size and energy needs. According to HomeAdvisor, the typical price range for a generator system is 1,413-7,594, and installation costs vary and may add upwards of 10,000 or more to the total cost. Most of these generators are powerful enough to run a typical home during an outage.

    By comparison, solar battery backup systems start at around 9,000, not including installation costs.

    If you’re budgeting for a battery backup system, you can expect to spend between 25,000 and 30,000 including batteries, installation, and other equipment.

    Fortunately, incentives and rebates can help you access a solar battery backup system.

    Don’t let the upfront price deter you, though. Financing programs are available for qualifying applicants, and battery backup systems offer long-term savings that generators don’t.

    When you purchase a generator, you need to buy fuel, perform monthly and annual maintenance, and replace the generator at the end of its lifespan.

    On the other hand, battery backup systems pair with solar energy systems to create a renewable power source. Over time, this can save you thousands of dollars on your electric bill.

    Installing a battery backup system may also allow you to access federal and state tax incentives or participate in the SGIP Equity Resiliency program – which we’ll discuss more below.

    Solar Battery Backup vs. Gas Generator: Which Option is Best for Me?

    Now that you have the background on each option, which is right for you? Here’s our recommendation:

    Buy a Standby Backup Generator if…

    A standby backup generator is an ideal solution if you don’t mind the noise and maintenance required, you only want a system that can provide emergency power, and you have no intention of installing solar panels in the future.

    If your home has an existing natural gas line, installing a standby generator may be relatively straightforward.

    Buy Solar Battery Backup if…

    Solar battery backup is an excellent option for customers who want a backup system that can work with an existing or future solar energy system.

    A battery system is right for those who prefer a quiet, low-maintenance, reliable, and environmentally-friendly solution.

    Consider investing in a battery backup system if you want to keep the lights on and power essential home appliances during a grid outage and also reduce peak electricity charges.

    Limited-Time Rebates for Battery Backup

    Solar battery backup systems create energy resiliency, which is something the state of California is very invested in right now.

    As a result, certain households who install a solar battery backup system may be eligible for a limited-time rebate under the existing equity resilience Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) allocation.

    This program benefits those living in a fire zone who are also on a Medical Baseline Rate Program. Funds are going fast, but the program funds 80-100% of total project costs if you qualify.

    There are also rebates available for those in a fire zone who are not on Medical Baseline. Additionally, officials expect one last rebate bucket for battery customers not in a fire zone or on Medical Baseline.

    This rebate offer will cover about 10-15% of project costs.

    Thinking of Getting a Solar Battery Backup? We Can Help!

    Now is an excellent time to invest in a solar battery backup system for your home, and Sandbar Solar is here to help.

    Our team has over 15 years of experience designing battery systems and can install new battery systems or retrofit existing solar panel systems for a battery backup.

    We service homes and businesses across the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast.

    About the Author

    Jeremy has worked in the solar industry since 2006. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies. Jeremy has spent most of his solar career in residential sales and Sales Management in both California and Hawaii. He was raised in Santa Cruz County and is passionate about helping local residents make the switch to clean and reliable renewable energy. Jeremy lives on the Westside with his wife and two boys and enjoys music, photography and hiking in his personal time.

    New England Clean Energy Is An Authorized Distributor for Generac, including the Powercell Whole Home Battery System in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island

    Solar power, using the Generac PWRcell Battery System captures and stores electricity from solar panels and keeps your whole home powered by the sun, even when the grid goes down!

    PWRcell (pronounced Powercell) gives you backup during power outages and allows you to control your energy usage anytime to reduce utility costs. Here in New England, the number one reason to add a battery to your solar system is for backup power when the grid goes down. And stored power can also get you through anytime sunshine is not available, including nighttime or poor weather.

    Generac Whole House Solar Battery

    Generac is the only battery that can provide backup power for your entire home with just one battery. As the largest whole-home backup generator manufacturer in the world, Generac is bigger than the competition, delivers more amps, and manages your power consumption better. You’ll be able to run larger loads including your water well, furnace, air conditioner, or sump pump. Other battery systems simply cannot provide the full features of the Generac Powercell.

    Other battery systems generally require you to choose the circuits you want to power from the battery during a blackout by putting them on a “sub-panel”. Unfortunately, that means during a power outage anything not on your sub-panel goes out too! With Generac’s PWRcell that is not the case.

    We have in-depth knowledge of the Generac Whole Home System and can help you decide if it is right for you! Please contact us at our Massachusetts headquarters or at our offices in New Hampshire or Rhode Island to learn more!

    Smarter recharging and monitoring

    Generac PWRcell is an intelligent energy storage system.

    Their smarter control system manages whether your power comes from the array or from storage. Other batteries may force you to run on 100% battery even when there’s bright sunshine outside in the days after an outage or weather event. So you won’t use battery storage when your array could keep the lights on all by itself.

    PWRview App

    PWRcell comes with the PWRview (pronounced Powerview) software system that lets you see your actual power usage in real time and change how your battery is functioning. Keep tabs on your energy consumption, monitor your battery usage, and track your savings!

    You can avoid peak rates, lower energy bills and gain more independence from the grid. Set it for zero export in anticipation of a possible power outage. Or change to self-supply mode so you send less of your solar’s power back to the grid.

    .6Kw Generac with 12Kw Battery – Grid Tie Kit

    Generac Grid Tie Kit – 7.6Kw Generac with 12kw battery

    Generac 7.6Kw Solar Kit

    Kit Includes:

    • 1 x new Generac PWRcell 7.6Kw Single Phase 120/240ac Grid-Tie
    • 1 x Generac PWRcell Outdoor Rated Battery Cabinet
    • 4 x Generac 3.0kWh PWRcell DCB Battery

    Add Ons (not included):

    • Solar Panels of your choice
    • Generac PV Link 2.5kW MPPT Optimizer ( Need one per string)
    • Generac SnapRS Inline Disconnect Switch ( One per panel, check with local code requirements. Not all local ordinances require this)
    • K2 Racking for roof installs

    Solar storage is simple with the Generac PWRcell™ Inverter. This bi-directional, REbus™-powered inverter offers a simple, efficient design for integrating Smart batteries with solar. Ideal for self-supply, backup power, zero-export and energy cost management, the PWRcell Inverter is the industry’s most feature-rich line of inverters, available in single-phase and three-phase models.

    Generac PWRcell Outdoor Rated Battery Cabinet:

    The PWRcell™ Outdoor Rated (OR) Battery Cabinet is a Type 3R Smart battery platform that allows for a range of configurations to suit any need, small or large, indoor or outdoor. No other Smart battery offers the power and flexibility of PWRcell. Whether for backup power or Smart energy management, PWRcell has power and capacity options for every need, without sacrificing flexibility or function.

    Generac 3.0kWh PWRcell DCB Battery

    Build a better backup system with the Generac DCB Battery Module for PWRcell™. Stack as few as three or as many as six DCB modules to match battery capacity and backup power to a specific application. Upgrade a PWRcell Battery post-installation with the addition of more DCB modules for more power and capacity.

    Generac, the Backup Generator Giant, Launches Souped-Up Home Solar-Storage System

    Compared to home battery rivals Tesla and Sunrun, Generac is focused on offering extra oomph for customers concerned about reliability.

    Solar-battery systems may be useful for providing backup power during power outages. But many of the systems on the market today don’t pack enough punch to start up power-hungry air conditioner or pumps, or store enough power to run an entire home’s electricity load for more than a handful of hours at a time.

    That’s how Generac Power Systems sees it, at least. Since its entry into the solar-storage market last fall, the U.S. natural-gas backup generator giant has focused on systems with extra oomph, compared to competitors Tesla, Sunrun and LG Chem. While that extra power and capacity has come at a higher cost, Generac has been dropping to match competing systems in recent months, analysts say.

    On Monday, Generac unveiled the latest version of its “whole-home solar power solution, which includes a revamped PWRCell battery with more power and capacity than before, along with technology to simplify its off-grid operations and maximize its backup potential at the household circuit level.

    Managing backup power at the circuit level

    “There’s a gap between what the customers want and what they’re being delivered” in the solar-storage field, Russ Minick, head of Generac’s clean energy business unit, said in an interview. A typical installation requires significant work to rewire critical loads and replace household electrical panels to provide reliable backup power, which can add several thousand dollars to the final price.

    The new PWRCell automatic transfer switch, set for release in late August, eliminates much of this work for installers. “Whatever they’re doing today for whole-home backup power, it will cut back enormously on labor costs [and] on total expense,” Minick said.

    Besides disconnecting from the grid during power outages, the automatic transfer switch can manage up to four household circuits, and Smart management modules can be installed on up to eight more. The hardware monitors power frequency to shut down loads when the total draw is exceeding system capacity, with the homeowner pre-selecting which should shut down first and which should be kept on as long as possible.

    That’s a simpler proposition for installers compared to “worrying about doing load calculations and tripping breakers,” Minick said. Other unessential loads can be “locked out” from being backed up. That stands in contrast to pre-selecting critical backup loads for other solar-battery systems, as most solar-battery systems do today.

    There are more advanced options for circuit-by-circuit controls, such as startup Span.IO’s Smart home electrical panel, or the ecoLinx system from sonnen using Smart circuit breakers from Eaton. But those are more expensive than Generac’s solution, Minick said.

    Extra power for critical loads

    Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Generac has also beefed up its PWRCell inverters, also set for release in late August, from 8 kilowatts of continuous power today to 9 kilowatts from a single battery or up to 11 kilowatts with a second battery. That compares to 5 kilowatts of continuous power from Tesla’s Powerwall and Sunrun’s Brightbox, or 3.5 kilowatts of continuous power from LG Chem’s Resu battery.

    That’s a key metric for how much household load a backup battery can power simultaneously. As Greentech Media noted last year, most systems are configured to support fewer loads to ensure they can be kept running as long as possible.

    Along with greater power density, the new inverters can provide up to 50 amps of peak motor starting current, up from 42 amps today. That’s enough to start up a 3-ton air conditioning unit or a well pump, something lower-power inverters can’t do, although contenders like Enphase Energy, which is bringing its own battery solution to North American market this year, has software to boost its ability to start up AC and pump motors.

    Generac has also redesigned the battery modules developed by Pika Energy, the Massachusetts-based startup it acquired last year to enter the storage market, to boost their storage capacity from 17.1 kilowatt-hours to 18 kilowatt-hours per battery, or 36 kilowatt-hours behind a single inverter. Enhanced cooling via silicon pads conducting heat to aluminum heat sinks will also allow the batteries to be installed in outdoor enclosures when they’re available in early October.

    The entire system is managed through software from Vancouver, Canada-based startup Neurio, which Generac acquired last year. “It’s going to tell you production, consumption — you can set energy budgets and bills, it will show you if there are ‘vampire’ loads, how you compare against a peer group, are you using more than your neighbors,” Minick said.

    From backup generators to virtual power plants

    Whether these changes will allow a relative newcomer to make inroads against well-established competitors such as Sunrun and Tesla, or residential solar inverter leaders with storage plans such as SolarEdge and Enphase, remains to be seen. Beyond using its existing network of generator dealers, Generac partnered with Sunnova, a rising residential solar provider, in February as its exclusive lease and power-purchase agreement provider to tap into this key avenue for solar-storage sales.

    Generac set a goal of 125 to 150 megawatt-hours of battery sales this year, although CEO Aaron Jagdfeld noted during the company’s second-quarter earnings conference call last month that solar installations slowdowns driven by the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to yield 2020 totals on the lower end of that guidance.

    For long-term power outages, generators fed by natural-gas lines, which aren’t nearly as susceptible to storm-driven outages as the electric system is, are still a better bet for backup power, Minick told Greentech Media last year. On the other hand, solar-storage systems designed primarily to shift generation and load to increase net-metering value against time-of-use pricing may not need the extra battery capacity and power that Generac provides.

    But the combination of increasingly favorable economics of solar and batteries and the rising need for protection from storms, wildfires and other grid supply disruptions is putting backup power at the forefront of many customers’ minds, he said.

    At the same time, Generac’s new solar-storage systems could be combined with its massive installed base of generators to become a significant resource for the grid itself, much as Sunrun has been doing with its solar-storage systems. The company’s partnership with Virtual Peaker, a software startup aggregating behind-the-meter distributed energy resources for utilities including Portland General Electric and Green Mountain Power, opens up new opportunities on this front, Jagdfeld said last month.

    “In the clean energy space, most people have been considering these blocks of load to be storage items or wind power or other clean sources,” Jagdfeld said. “We look at natural-gas generators, which in their own right, are quite clean.”

    How Much Does a Generac Power Cell Cost?

    Everyone wants a constant power supply, but we are all trapped in a vicious cycle of power and price. You are paying high amounts for the usual power usage during peak hours, which is obviously not benefiting you. What if there is a solution to this? We use solar batteries with solar power systems to have backups for cloudy days and during power outages. Well, here is one such power storage device, Generac PWRcell. Come find out how much does a Generac power cell cost? Generac power cell specs along with its costs and reviews?

    What is a Generac Power Cell?

    PWRcell is a battery storage system that harnesses solar power to provide a backup to your solar power system. It helps in reducing your electric bill and supplies power during power outages. This revolutionary technology captures and stores electricity from solar panels and electric grid. You can reduce electric bills by using the stored energy in PWRcell during peak hours when the cost of electricity is highest.

    How Much Does a Generac Power Cell Cost?

    There are a number of components paired with a Generac PWRcell, and they influence the overall costs of it too. The floor price of Generac PWRcell is 10,000 and due to the possibility of scaling up the system, the price is also intended to rise. For a 9-18 kWh Generac Power Cell, you’ll need to spend around 10,000-18,000. But this is not the final price because it depends on the availability and the number of PV panels.

    Talking about adding more batteries, yes it also adds up to the total cost. 2,000 is the price of each battery and for every pair of 6 batteries, you will need a new cabinet. The cost of a new cabinet ranges between 3,300 and 3,500, and you can fit a minimum of 3 batteries in 1 cabinet. So, if you plan to get 3 batteries and a cabinet the extra price added to PWRcell is 9,300 to 9,500.

    But with an extra battery bank of six battery modules will cost 12,000 to add up the cost of the cabinet which sums to 15,300-15,500. It further increases the overall cost of PWRcell to 33,300-33,500. However, the final cost of Generac PWRcell depends on different other things like the dealer, location you live at, offers prevailing at that time, and others.

    What are the Components of a Generac PWRcell?

    A Generac PWRcell consists of the following components:

    PWRcell ATS (Automatic Transfer Switch)

    PWRcell heavily relies on ATS for a seamless transition from the electric grid to a backup power system supply for the entire house. Then, it regulates power usage from the solar system while supplying the required amount of power to household devices and systems. All this is done without your involvement because manually switching home power from grid to battery to generator and so on is a risky process.

    PWRcell Inverter

    You can consider it another factor that determines how much does a Generac power cell cost. An inverter is necessary for your solar array and PWRcell to work in harmony. DC from solar panels is converted into AC which is then transferred to batteries and the load. PWRcell inverter connected with the PWRview smartphone app and web portal provides you with monitoring and forecasting features to adjust the power requirements of your house.

    PWRmanager for Load Management

    It is an advanced load management device by Generac that adds unbeatable flexibility and value to your Generac PWRcell system. You get a whole house backup that you can control through a user-friendly PWRview app. It gives you the flexibility to access all loads during an outage and automatically manages load to provide extended battery backup and reduce inverter overload.

    Battery Cabinets and Batteries

    Primary batteries used in PWRcell are lithium-ion that are placed in the cabinet. The enclosure is designed to fit any size configuration and the number of batteries paired with Generac PWRcell depends on the power requirements of the customer. Adding batteries to an existing battery cabinet gives you a scope to increase overall backup from 9 kWh to 18 kWh.

    Smart Management Modules

    SMM protects PWRcell from overload. 8 residential circuits can easily be handled by the power system when combined with PWRcell automatic transfer switch. It enables PWRcell to automatically regulate energy supply during power outages.

    Including all this along with PV link or Optimizers and a PWRgenreator, if required, the cost of a PWRcell varies. Now, let’s look at how much does a Generac cost with installation.

    How Much Does a Generac Cost With Installation?

    The average cost of a Generac PWRcell 9 kWh system is 18,000, and suppose you are installing it with an array of 22 solar panels. Sum up the cost of solar panels and installation charges, and it is around 29,000. So, the answer to the question of how much does a Generac cost with installation is that the overall cost of a Generac PWRcell with installation is about 47,000. After this, let’s explore generac power cell specs.

    Note: Installation and components costs depend on location, provider, type of components, number of batteries solar panels, and other factors.

    What are Generac Power Cell Specs?

    After learning about how much does a Generac power cell cost, let us have a look at its specifications. Generally, there are 4 battery configurations of PWRcell, namely, M3, M4, M5, and M6. Generac PWRcell has a DC-DC round trip efficiency of 96.5% and a Type 3R enclosure. With a nominal voltage of 280 VDC, PWRcell has an optimal Ambient Operating Temperature of 41° F to 104 °F (5° C to 40 °C). Electronics and enclosures have a warranty of 10 years. Overall, the enclosure weighs 115 LB (52 kilograms). Other specifications are as follows.

    • Communication Protocol: REbus™ DC Nanogrid™
    • Compliance: UL 9540, UL 9540A5, UL 1973, UL 1642, CSA 22.2 #107.1
    • Dimensions: L x W x H – IN (MM): 22″ x 10″ x 68″ (559 x 254 x 1727)
    • Maximum Ambient Operating Temperature: 14 TO 122 °F (-10 TO 50 °C)
    • Maximum Installation Altitude: FT (M): 6560 (2000)
    • REbus™ VOLTAGE: INPUT/OUTPUT: 360-420 VDC
    • Seismic Rating: IEEE 693-2018 (HIGH)
    • Warranty: Li-Ion Modules: 10 Years (7.56 MWh)

    Here is a table for the technical specifications of all individual models:

    Configuration M3 M4 M5 M6
    Usable energy 9 kWh 12 kWh 15 kWh 18 kWh
    Nominal continuous AC power 3.4 kW 4.5 kW 5.6 kW 6.7 kW
    Max AC power 4.5 kW 6 kW 7.5 kW 9 kW
    Nominal continuous DC power (charge/discharge) 11.6 15.5 19.4 23.3
    Peak Motor Starting Current (2 sec) 25 33 42 50
    Weight installed without DCB modules LB (KG) 280 (127) 335 (152) 390 (177) 445 (202)
    Weight Installed Without EX Modules – LB (KG): 287 (130) 344 (156) 401 (182) 459 (208)

    Note: Specifications mentioned here are in consideration of recent updates. But specifications are subject to change without notice.

    Can You Use Generac PWRcell Without Solar Panels? Can Generac Run Without a Battery?

    On the other hand, can Generac run without a battery? The answer to this is also no. The battery is also one of the main components of Generac PWRcell. Since it is a power storage system, it cannot function without batteries. Generac PWRcell has 4 variations, and each has different battery modules.

    • PWRcell M3 – 3 battery modules (9 kWh)
    • PWRcell M4 – 4 battery modules (12 kWh)
    • PWRcell M5 – 5 battery modules (15 kWh)
    • PWRcell M6 – 6 battery modules (18 kWh)

    However, to suit the power requirements of your house you can add more battery modules to M3, M4, and M5 variations because a PWRcell battery cabinet has space for 6 battery modules at max. You can also opt for another battery cabinet if your system exceeds 6 batteries. With this, you should have understood can you use Generac PWRcell without solar panels and can Generac run without a battery.

    How Long Does Generac Power Cell Last?

    Usually, solar batteries have a lifespan of about 10–15 years and most batteries are backed with a 10-year warranty. A PWRcell is also backed with a 10-year warranty or up to the time it takes to cycle 7.3 Megawatt hours. Also, electronics and enclosures are backed with 10 years of warranty, and the warranty of Li-Ion Modules is also 10 Years or 7.56 MWh cycle. Now you know how long does Generac power cell last. After this, you should also be curious about the Generac PWRcell review.

    What is Generac PWRcell Review?

    After learning about how much does a Generac power cell cost and how long does Generac power cell last here is Generac PWRcell review about its features, pros, and cons. Yes, Generac PWRcell is worth it, and you will agree to it after reading its features and its pros.

    Features

    You get 3 kWh electric output per battery, which allows you to increase power output in increments of 3 kWh.

    • Battery cabinets can hold up to 6 batteries and up to a total of 36 kWh between two battery cabinets.
    • Batteries can easily be added and removed as you just need to slide them in or out.
    • Battery cabinets, inverters, and batteries, along with labor, are backed up with a 10-year warranty by Generac.
    • Battery charge on cloudy days can be increased by connecting a generator to Generac PWRcell.
    • With Generac PWRcell you can store power at reduced costs during non-peak times and then use the stored power during costlier peak hours.
    • Generac PWRcell automatically switches from grid to battery storage and then back to the grid or solar power system during times of power failure.

    Pros

    a) Islanding: The term is basically used when you are not drawing power from the grid, and you are neither feeding power back into the grid. So, with Generac PWRcell you can island your house off the grid.

    b) Modular: A Generac PWRcell gives you the ease of adding and removing batteries to suit the power requirements of your house and to match. Also, with this, you can easily scale the entire system up or down.

    c) efficient: Generac PWRcell is more efficient than its substitute because instead of converting DC from solar panels to AC, it directly takes it to batteries. This makes it 7% to 10% more efficient than others.

    d) Outdoor rated: With Generac PWRcell you do not have to worry about installing it indoors to protect it from weather and outdoor damage. It is outdoor rated, which means it is durable enough to withstand outdoor conditions and is installed in the mechanic room, garage, or any other exterior wall of your house.

    Cons

    a) Expensive compared to substitutes: If you compare the price of Tesla and Generac PWRcell you will find the former less expensive. But the former one needs conversion of DC to AC to make it less efficient than the Generac

    b) Incompatible with Tesla EVs: Generac PWRcell needs to be installed as a totally integrated system, and it is impossible to mix and match components from other brands or manufacturers. However, only solar panels are an exception to this because it is AC coupled, making them compatible with solar panels from any manufacturer.

    c) No cross-brand compatibility: If you plan to charge your Tesla electric vehicle, prefer Tesla PWRcell as they both are designed to communicate well with each other. Also, they both can manage power distribution during grid failure. However, you can use Generac PWRcell to charge other EVs.

    Is Generac Power Cell Worth It?

    You get long-term benefits with Generac PWRcell and a solar panel system equipped with Generac PWRcell system could help save more than 66,000 on energy costs for the coming 25 years. This estimate is based on a 3,000-square-foot house in a sunny location. It is always worthwhile to install a Generac PWRcell with a solar panel system. Plus, it is silent and produces no emissions.

    The answer to the question is Generac power cell worth it, is yes. Considering all the above features, it is worth the price.

    Now, you are well aware of how much does a Generac power cell cost? The floor price of this power cell is 10,000, which increases with the type and wattage of components you pair up with the PWRcell system. The cost of cabinets, solar panels, batteries, and other components influences the overall cost of Generac PWRcell.

    Olivia is committed to green energy and works to help ensure our planet’s long-term habitability. She takes part in environmental conservation by recycling and avoiding single-use plastic.

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