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Choosing the right battery for your grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) system

February 25, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Whether integrating into a new PV system or adding to an existing one, using batteries for backup reduces maintenance and is more reliable than a traditional fossil-fuel generator.

Chris McFarland, national sales manager for MK Battery, will discuss the two most common types of backup batteries for grid-tied systems–AGM and Gel–and the advantages and disadvantages of each. The  talk will cover the basics of lead-acid battery construction and how it relates to performance and take a look at battery sizing with 12 volt and 2-volt batteries. In a backup situation, sealed batteries are safer and offer longer shelf life as compared to typical flooded acid batteries.

MK Battery specializes in sealed lead acid batteries for for specialized deep-cycle and standby power applications. It is owned by East Penn Manufacturing in Lyons Station (Deka Batteries), just outside of Kutztown.

After the meeting, plan to stick around and chat with friends old and new. We’re also interested in your ideas for MAREA speakers, activities and services. Light snacks will be served. Hope to see you there!

For questions, contact Vera Cole, <a>[masked]</a> or [masked].

Free DVD with MAREA membership  While supplies last, all new and renewing MAREA members will receive a free copy of “Saving Sunshine, Keeping the Lights on with Batteries and Solar Power,” the 30-minute DVD produced by MAREA this year with funding from the Berks Community Foundation and distributed by Bullfrog Films. It’s terrific film, offering an interesting and easily understood explanation of the electricity grid and distribution generation, especially the role of batteries with solar. MAREA is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations and memberships are how we keep the lights on. You can join at the meeting or anytime online. Thanks for your help. 


February 25, 2014
7:00 pm
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TEK Park
9999 Hamilton Blvd.
Breinigsville, PA 18031 us


Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (eastern PA)