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Solar Victoria Offers Bushfire Assistance

As the current bushfires continue to cause destruction and misfortune to many Australian’s, Solar Victoria is lending a helping hand to their existing applicants, customers as well as businesses who have been impacted and are in financial hardship due to the outcome of the fires. Who Can Seek Assistance? Solar Victoria is aiding applicants and […]

Tips To Avoid High Energy Usage Over School Holidays

If your children are on school holidays and you’ve been monitoring your energy usage, chances are you’ve seen quite a spike and are dreading your next electricity bill. During the school holidays, it’s common to see a rise in energy usage within a household as people are at home more frequently. Whether it be that […]

Australian’s View On Climate Change – It’s in our hands

As Australians continue to be affected by the bushfire crisis which has swarmed tragedy over various areas of Australia, many people are viewing the fires as a wake-up call about climate change. The fires are making more people aware of the fact that we as individuals and as a country need to minimise the use […]

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What is a solar microgrid and how does it work?

Microgrids powered by renewable energy are forecasted to be the next big thing in Australia for residential electricity supply. Paving the way in Victoria is the small town of Yackandandah who are building three microgrid networks in its quest to become 100% renewable. Once completed the excess energy generated by the solar panels in the […]

Do solar panels add value to your home or investment property?

As the addition of a solar power system has become increasingly common and more affordable in the past 10 years it’s no surprise we’re seeing the development of new home build packages inclusive of solar power systems and properties with ready installed solar power systems out on the real estate market. In fact, some homeowners […]

How To Avoid A Dodgy Company When Installing A Solar Power System

Selecting the right solar installation company when deciding to make the addition of a solar power system at your property can be one of the most critically significant and impacting moments of someone’s “Solar Journey” … Why? Because the solar installation company is going to influence your choices and assist in helping you decide what […]

Australian Solar Panel Rebate In 2020 – What has changed?

While the New Year can bring new beginnings and fresh starts, it can also mean it’s time to tighten your finances and start to recoup your savings after the season of spending is finally over! If this sounds like you then you may be starting to consider installing a solar panel system at your household […]

How Do You Power Your House At Night If You Have Solar Power?

A frequent query we get is “Can solar panels generate electricity at night” which when we answer “no they do not” lead to further questions about how a home continues to run at night if a solar power system is installed. As a solar homeowner, you will have two options to obtain electricity in 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.