The Buzz is now Battery Storage

The Buzz is now Battery Storage

It’s great to hear that the Buzz is now Battery Storage… especially since we’ve been doing it for 13 years!  Gulf South Solar has always offered the latest storage technology for our cutting edge customers, that includes tried and proven equipment.  I have personally beta tested and operated on my own home much of what we sell and install.  (I’m running GridZero currently)

See battery storage in action – The American Solar Energy Society ( and Louisiana Solar Energy Society ( sponsor annual solar tours where you can see solar in action.  This year, most of the homes on the Louisiana tour feature battery storage!

This year at Solar Power International 2015 we were able to check out Outback Power’s new EnergyCell Nano-Carbon Series batteries.  These batteries are designed to cycle more efficiently than anything else out there on the market and are 200 amp-hours each.    Outback Power even introduced a series of outdoor battery enclosures that could house up to 28.8 kWh of storage each.

The latest buzz was lithium batteries.  Since the “announcement” from Tesla back in May about their miracle batteries, all eyes have been on lithium.  Very noticeably at SPI was the absence of Tesla.  You would think if they had anything they would rent a booth and show it.  All we saw was a shell of one in another vendor’s booth insinuating their compatibility with Tesla.  As people slowly find out that Tesla is a while away from delivering their Powerwall, they find out that other manufacturers are already producing and delivering a parallel product.  In fact, we’ve already installed one that is 100% lithium, AC coupled to an Enphase system, and it works perfectly.

Outback Power already partnered with Sonnen-Batterie to create SKYBOX.  They have packages ready to go in the 4-16 kWh storage range.  This fits in nicely with about 90% of all of our customers’ needs.  Contact us for more information on a battery storage system that is right for you.


Outback Power Introduces Skybox

OutBack Power Introduces Skybox Advanced Energy Management and Storage Platform for Residential, Light Commercial Applications

lithium outbackOutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced renewable energy systems and products, announced Skybox, a true hybrid energy management and storage platform, scheduled to debut in January 2016. Skybox unlocks the potential of the next generation of higher-voltage energy storage systems in conjunction with photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy for mainstream residential and light commercial applications. The all-in-one unit will work directly with the electrical grid and the next evolution of high-voltage storage solutions, allowing users total control of their power consumption and usage.
Skybox has been engineered to meet the global demands of consumers, including compatibility with the emerging higher voltage energy storage products, providing freedom from their existing electrical grid reliance. The platform is future-proof and designed to work with new or existing commercial and residential installations, as well as emerging products and technologies.
“This new platform from OutBack Power gives people total control of energy management and power consumption in their homes and businesses,” said Drew Zogby, president of Alpha Technologies, OutBack’s parent company. “People are growing more aware of the options available to them, and true hybrid energy systems are the future. Skybox will allow energy use to be as intelligent and efficient as possible.”
Continued Zogby, “We applaud Tesla and other leaders bringing a greater level of attention to the energy storage component of the industry that OutBack Power has been instrumental in developing and building for more than a decade. Moving forward, energy storage is a core element of our shared vision. Skybox is a direct response to both the demand for storage and the innovation we’re witnessing throughout the alternative energy sector.”
Homeowners’ and businesses’ interest in solar power grows every day, and OutBack’s Skybox is the only all-in-one hybrid platform, offering both off-grid and grid-connected operation, to provide an affordable alternative energy solution for higher voltage installations. Skybox is designed for compatibility with the higher-voltage storage solutions between 300 and 500 volts from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Panasonic and others, and supports existing and future solar installations. Skybox joins OutBack Power’s full line of energy storage and power conversion equipment, rigorously tested and designed for superior reliability and field serviceability.
“The energy storage industry has seen numerous changes this year, and customers have more options than ever for alternative-energy installations,” said Mara White, product manager at OutBack Power. “The market is trending toward giving consumers more control over the way they generate, store and use energy. OutBack Power’s Skybox is being designed and tested specifically to meet that demand and provide our clients with flexibility now and in the future.”
Skybox is set to debut in January 2016 and will come to market with all applicable global industry and agency certifications and requirements. To learn more about Skybox, join the OutBack Power team at Solar Power International to preview the new platform at booth #4947, or email
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