While solar panels need sunlight to create electricity, there are two ways you can benefit from solar power during the nighttime: enroll in a net energy metering (NEM) program (if it’s offered where you live), or add a home battery storage service, like Sunrun’s Brightbox.
1. Net energy metering (NEM): Lower-cost grid energy at night
If NEM is offered in your state and by your utility, you may be eligible to earn credits on your bill for the excess solar energy you produce and send back to your utility company.11 At night, you could use those credits toward drawing electricity from the grid at a lower cost. Net metering can help you save money on your future electricity bills. Visit your utility company’s website for more information.
2. Solar battery storage: Reliable, affordable back-up energy, day and night
A battery storage service like Brightbox lets you store the excess solar power you produce for later use. This stored solar energy can keep your devices and appliances running at night, during outages, cloudy days, or rainy afternoons.
Brightbox offers two lithium-ion solar battery storage options: Tesla Powerwall and LG Chem. Tesla Powerwall can back up your entire home while LG Chem backs up to four circuits inside your home. There are also differences in software and app functionality.
Request a free, personalized quote to connect with a Sunrun Solar Advisor and determine which Sunrun back-up solution would work best for your home.