Generator or Solar Power With Battery Backup - Which is Better?

If you happen to live in an area that sees its share of power outages, you might already be familiar with the many benefits of having backup electrical power available to you at your home or business. These types of generators that run on diesel gas, propane, and even natural gas have been a popular choice amongst people to ensure the lights stay on, even when the rest of the neighborhood might be dark.

A backup battery generator system, by comparison, has a slight advantage of these types of systems as it doesn't require refueling, which can quickly add to the overall cost of your backup system if you frequently utilize the backup function.

However, fuel costs aren't the only factor to keep in mind when considering what type of backup system to use. The initial costs for installing a battery backup system tend to be higher than the cost of a more traditional fuel-based option. And it might be necessary that several battery systems need to be strung together to accommodate your power needs.

The significant ongoing cost for a backup system that runs on fuel is the fuel itself. This can get super costly real quick. By contrast, a battery backup system can be hooked to a solar power generation system to recharge your batteries, providing free power to the system. So how much you plan to utilize the backup, as well as your power needs, are all factors that need to be considered when deciding if a battery backup or a fuel-based electrical generator is right for you.

Some other things to consider are emissions and ongoing maintenance costs. Any generator that burns fuel will have some emissions with it, causing harmful pollutants to be put into the air. Ongoing maintenance costs for generators running on fossil fuels also tends to run higher over time as they take more work and parts to maintain their peak performance.