SolarCity is currently implementing a plan that change the game of energy providing services.

The company has recognized the benefits of having a backup, battery-powered energy source for times when solar panels are not getting the job done. This is a new service that SolarCity is exploring, making it an expensive one. However, these powerful batteries are expected to have a bright future in the energy industry.

Solar energy has become a very popular option for many commercial businesses, as well as, homeowners. Users can harness the power of natural energy while cutting back on energy bills. However, the sun is always a reliable source of energy. During certain times of the year, the sun shines less than others. This can cause weaker energy sources and can ultimately affect the amount of power that the solar panels can generate. The battery is intended to take over for these lulls in sunlight or when there is an increase in demand for power. This increase in demand results in “demand charges” that SolarCity believes will be reduced by 20% by utilizing their lithium-ion batteries. The goal is to be able to maintain the use of clean energy while still cutting back on costs.

Currently, SolarCity is only offering these battery packs to commercial business owners. The batteries themselves are very expensive and would not be a cost efficient option for homeowners, at this time. Rather than selling the batteries to consumers, SolarCity is offering their services for a monthly fee. This method allows large commercial businesses to try out the power of the battery without paying the large price tag of owning a battery.

The use of these powerful batteries for commercial and residential power is a relatively new idea. However, the potential is a vast and the future is bright. This method will, undoubtedly, experience changes and advancements aimed at making it a more realistic and affordable option for both homeowners and business owners. Energy harvested from battery sources will begin to become more prevalent in the industry. These changes will make it even easier to rely on clean energy, regardless of weather conditions or level of demand.