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Can I use electricity generated from solar panels in the event of a power outage?

Posted by Frank Molina, Stellavolta on

No, you cannot use your solar panels when the power goes down, however, you do have two solar power system options to protect yourself in the event of a power outage. 1) A battery backup system 2) add SMA's optional Secure Power System (SPS) to the Sunny Boy. The average cost of this upgrade is about $350 to $400.

SMA’s Secure Power Supply does something that no other grid-tied solar inverter without added storage can: provide power during a grid outage. And if you're not ready to commit to SPS right away, it’s a simple retrofit at any time after the system is commissioned. SPS can provide a maximum of 2,000 watts and you can use it to power things like a few bulbs, charge your cell phones, power gaming equipment, keep your beer cold, or many other electrical items that don't require a lot of power to operate. In addition, SMA SPS has built-in automatic over-current protection that simply deactivates the feature when either 2,000 watts or 20 amps is exceeded.

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