Societal and market factors such as increased power outages, unfavorable policies towards solar, widespread adoption of electric vehicles, concerns over climate change, and pandemics that create times of uncertainty have more people pairing solar with storage for additional resiliency. Battery storage can provide backup power during grid interruption, self-supply to aid the absence of net-metering, or help offset loads in new electric homes.
Most grid-tied systems are now being installed with the anticipation of adding batteries later on. And with the increased demand of batteries, energy storage is changing from an expensive system cost adder to a cost-effective, essential solar component.
The future is electric, and the time for solar+storage is now!