How Solar Battery Backup Keeps the Power On During Hurricane Season

Technically, hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico runs from June through November. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that the first named storm of the past seven years has formed in May, with Tropical Storm Ana being the most recent in 2021.

It’s not a stretch to say hurricane season has been unofficially extended to cover half the year.

Hurricane season of 2020 was so active that the NOAA ran out of names in September and had to start using the Greek alphabet! In addition to the high number of hurricanes, the number of major hurricanes (categories 3-5) has increased from an average of 1.6 per year in the 1980s to 3.1-3.8 per year in the 2000s and 2010s.

If you’re a solar energy installer or distributor serving areas that are susceptible to the damaging winds and flooding of hurricanes, Fortress Power battery backup units should be a standard offering for both existing systems and new installations.

When homeowners lose power, a solar energy system will stop functioning unless a backup system is activated. The battery backup kicks in automatically. In fact, it only takes a millisecond for the inverter to start using the battery to power critical loads. The homeowner doesn’t have to lift a finger.

Of course, the system can be configured to store and hold the maximum amount of energy for a long period of time, sell energy to the grid, or power loads in the home.

Many homeowners think they can get by with a generator. However, generators are loud and need gas, which might not be accessible during a hurricane. The only fuel used by a battery backup unit is the energy stored during the day, which doesn’t cost anything, and it doesn’t make noise while in use.

Fortress Power Battery Backup Solutions

For larger homes, the Fortress Power eVault Max 18.5kWh lithium battery is the largest-capacity lithium battery on the market. It’s scalable up to 20 units, delivering 370kWh for both residential and commercial applications. The eVault also uses safe, environmentally friendly prismatic lithium iron phosphate cells and comes with a 10-year warranty

For smaller homes, the Fortress Power eFlex 5.4kWh is a rugged, long-lasting battery that uses safe lithium iron phosphate technology. The smaller size of eFlex creates more mounting flexibility, while its modular design allows you to add more capacity to power more loads.

The eVault and eFlex are compatible with most 48V hybrid inverters and are capable of closed-loop communication. This enables the battery to intelligently communicate with the inverter to maximize efficiency and extend the life of the battery.

Keep the Power On During Hurricane Season

Let us show you how solar battery backup solutions can give your customers peace of mind when severe weather hits. For pricing and information, contact Fortress Power today!

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