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Why Now Is The Time To Install Solar In Australia

If you’ve been considering installing a solar PV system for some time now or are just sick of receiving extortionate electricity bills, then now is the perfect time for you to invest in your future savings with solar! And here’s why! Spring Weather Conditions Are Ideal For Panels In Australia we’re lucky enough to have […]

Depth of Discharge (DoD) & Cycle Life – Solar Battery Specifications Explained

If you’re exploring the possibility of adding battery storage to your current solar PV system or purchasing a combined solar PV and battery system all in one go, you’ll want to understand the terms Depth Of Discharge (DoD) and Cycle Life when it comes to choosing a battery. These two specifications are important factors when […]

Where To Install Your Inverter To Improve Efficiency And Lifespan

When installing a solar PV system most people are focused on the positioning of the panels, however the location of the inverter is just as important and can play a huge part in the energy production and lifespan of the system. The inverter has the vital role of converting electricity generated by the solar panels […]

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Plan For Solar When Building Your New Home To Save Money And Time

If you’re in the process of planning or building a new home, it’s a great time to educate yourself on how to save money and minimise future electricity costs by installing solar. By incorporating a solar system in your building plans, you will have the advantage of setting the system up in a way to […]

Coles Signs 10-Year Deal To Provide 10% Of Their Power Needs Through Solar

A media release by supermarket giant Coles has announced that Solar power plants capable of generating sufficient electricity for 39,000 homes will be built in regional New South Wales following a 10-year agreement between Coles and global renewable power generation company Metka EGN. In the first deal of its kind to be made by a […]

Consumer Experiences with Solar Market Referred Installers

At Solar Market we pride ourselves with connecting homeowners and residents across Australia with quality CEC accredited solar installers for tailored and obligation free solar quotes. Recently we went out to past customers who had installed with a Solar Market referred solar provider and asked them about their experience with their chosen installer. The feedback […]

Solar, Does It Save You Money Or Make You Money?

The Confusion Between Making Money & Saving Money with Solar And The Hidden Savings Not Shown On Your Electricity Bill Making money and saving money is the most common misunderstanding when it comes to whether “Solar Is Worth It” or “If You Will Be Financially Better Off With Solar”. In the past 10 years the […]

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.