How Can a Smart Electrical Panel Benefit Your Home
Sep. 14, 2023
Your electrical panel is one of the most important components of your home—especially if you have solar panels. Smart electric panels are ideal for solar homes because they give you more control over your energy usage and maximize your savings.
Boston Solar is now installing SPAN smart panels! SPAN panels integrate seamlessly with your residential solar power system and help you get more out of your investment.
How SPAN Electrical Panels Work
Every house has an electrical panel and, until recently, they were all more or less the same. That changed when smart panels, like SPAN, were introduced.
SPAN electrical panels connect to your home’s circuitry the same way a traditional breaker panel does, but the differences end there.
SPAN breaker panels monitor your home’s electrical usage in real time. You get immediate access to that data via the SPAN Home app, which allows you to see how your home is sourcing, storing, and using electricity. Unlike a traditional electrical panel, the SPAN panel gives you circuit-level control, so you can see which appliances are using the most energy and turn individual circuits on and off as needed.
Benefits of a SPAN Electrical Panel
Automatic Switch to Battery Power During an Outage
The SPAN smart panel features a built-in switch that automatically disconnects the system from the electric grid during a power outage, allowing your solar battery system to take over right away.
Longer Battery Life During a Power Outage
With a SPAN electrical panel, your stored energy will last 40% longer during a power outage. The SPAN panel allows you to classify your circuits as “must have,” “nice to have,” and “non-essential.” During a power outage, your “non-essential” circuits will shut down so stored power isn't wasted. Your “nice to have” circuits will stay on until your battery life falls below 50 percent. After that point, all stored power will be used to keep your “must have” circuits on.
More Efficient Energy Usage
The SPAN electrical panel allows you to use the electricity your solar panels produce as efficiently as possible, leading to greater energy savings.
Supports All-Electric Appliances
The SPAN panel will give you all the power you need to support electric appliances like heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and induction stoves.
SPAN Electrical Panel Costs & Incentives
Smart electrical panels are more expensive than conventional panels, but they are worth the additional costs, especially if you have solar panels and battery storage. The SPAN panel will give you more control over your energy usage and help you save more money by optimizing your home’s efficiency.
Electrical panel upgrades qualify for a $600 tax credit through the Inflation Reduction Act. This tax credit can be claimed on top of the 30% solar tax credit you’ll get when you install a solar panel and/or battery system, significantly reducing the cost of your project.
Upgrade to a Smart Panel with Boston Solar
If you’re planning to install a home solar system, you don’t want to miss out on the added benefits of a SPAN smart electrical panel. Reach out to Boston Solar today to learn more about SPAN electrical panels and how they will maximize your solar benefits. We’ve been empowering New England for over 11 years and have installed more than 5,000 solar energy systems.
Upgrade to a SPAN smart electrical panel. Call 617-858-1645 or contact us to learn more.