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Rebate Relief For Victorians That Installed Too Early

Solar Victoria is stepping in to help out those who were given misleading information about the application process for the Solar Victoria Homes Package – Panel Rebate and for those who unknowingly or impatiently installed without following the protocol stated by Solar Victoria. Solar Victoria Homes Package – Panel Rebate The Solar Victoria Homes Package […]

Should You Over-size Your PV Array?

Before tackling the question whether or not you should over-size your PV array lets first explain what we mean by over-sizing. Over-sizing your PV array is when the total capacity of your PV array (solar panels) exceeds the size of your inverter. The way to check your PV array size is by multiplying the capacity […]

When Is The Best Time To Install A Solar System?

While summer may bring an abundance of sun, it’s not the only time of year that solar can save you big. In fact, the surrounding seasons around summer are the perfect time to start exploring your options when deciding to install solar and here’s why! Solar Panels Need Sunlight Not High Temperatures In Australia we’re […]

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Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme Applications Close Tonight!

Midnight tonight (30 April 2019) is when applications will close for the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (TEELS). Under the scheme, Westpac offers Tasmanian residents and small businesses the opportunity to apply for a Westpac Credit Card with zero interest for 36 months for eligible energy efficient products up to a value of $10,000. Applicants are assessed […]

Troubleshoot Your Solar PV System’s Output

If you’ve experienced an unexpected increase in your electricity bills or an unusual drop in energy output on your solar PV monitoring system, it’s time to look at the conditions of your system and possible factors that may be causing the drop. Causes can usually be narrowed down by first determining whether your solar system […]

Should I Wait For Battery Prices To Drop Before Installing A Solar System?

After a recent survey we conducted at Solar Market we found that many homeowners in Australia are holding off from installing a solar system until batteries become more affordable. Most respondents stated it was so they could install a solar system with battery storage all in one go and whilst this might sound like the […]

2,000 Solar Panel Rebates Left For Solar Victoria Homes Program Until July 2019

UPDATE: Victoria Solar Homes Panel Program has now reached capacity until July 1st As of yesterday, Solar Victoria has announced that the current Solar Victoria Homes Program will only be accepting another 2,000 applications until the program restarts on July 1st. The current rebate provides home-owners with subsidies valued up to $2,225 or 50% on […]

NSW Liberal Win Means Interest-Free Loans For Solar & Battery

The Liberal party’s recent election win in New South Wales means that residents will soon be able to apply for no-interest loans for solar-battery systems or battery systems for their existing solar system under the Empowering Homes Program. The Empowering Homes Program when introduced will provide no-interest loans of up to $9,000 for battery systems […]

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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.