Batteries + Energy Storage

Since the dawn of the electric age, utilities have controlled the generation and delivery of electricity to end users, maintaining a constant balance between supply and demand for a commodity that’s both created and consumed in the same instant.

The rise of distributed energy resources, whether from rooftop solar PV, industrial and commercial cogeneration plants, or self-contained microgrid systems, is bringing more and more customer-generated electricity onto that grid.

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Free Lecture: Battery Capacity – The Basis of Storage

Simulating a Power Outage to Test Battery Health

Batteries that are used strictly for resiliency are oftentimes rarely discharged, as these storage applications only get used when the utility has an outage. That has a lot of implications for the storage equipment. Join HeatSpring instructor Chris LaForge as he explains how to simulate a power outage with a PV + battery back-up system […]

July 21st, 2022|Categories: Energy Storage, Q+A, Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Solar miscellaneous, Solar Plus Storage||

The Importance of Surge Protection on PV + Energy Storage Systems

Chris LaForge has been in the solar and storage industry for over 30 years. You can imagine he’s seen it all when it comes to operations and maintenance on solar and energy storage systems. We wanted to know what is one of the most common issues when troubleshooting. In the video below, Chris explains […]

July 18th, 2022|Categories: Safety, Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Solar miscellaneous, Solar Plus Storage||

Who Is Making Money in Solar Plus Storage? – Ask an Expert

In the Ask an Expert series, HeatSpring instructors and industry thought leaders answer a question on the minds of the HeatSpring community. This session, we are joined by Chris LaForge, instructor of the Designing Small Scale PV Systems with Energy Storage and co-instructor for the Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage Series. He […]

June 16th, 2022|Categories: Q+A, Solar, Solar Business Growth, Solar Plus Storage||

Sean White Explains AC-Coupling, DC-Coupling, and Types of Inverters

With demand increasing for energy storage, more solar customers have questions about how batteries can work with their solar systems. Let’s talk about how to couple PV and batteries as well as the various types of inverters on the market. 

There are essentially 2 different ways an inverter can output power:

Interactive, aka grid-tied, aka current mode, […]

May 25th, 2022|Categories: Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

How can end users truly get the most out of their solar + storage investment? – Ask an Expert Session

In the Ask an Expert series, HeatSpring instructors and industry thought leaders answer a question on the minds of the HeatSpring community. We are joined by Chris LaForge, instructor of the Designing Small Scale PV Systems with Energy Storage. 

While Chris has previously recorded his answer to this question, students in Chris’s HeatSpring courses have access […]

May 5th, 2022|Categories: Energy Storage, Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||