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5 Solar Powered Gifts For This Christmas

 

Stuck for gifts this Christmas season? How about giving the gift of life-long savings with solar powered presents!

Dubbed the cheapest form of energy, solar power has taken the world by storm. Not only is it a green and sustainable energy source, solar power innovations are also becoming increasingly trendy among the retail sectors.

Ready to get solar savvy this Christmas with your gift-giving? Let’s dive into the 5 best solar powered gifts of 2020.

1. For The First Day Of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me: A Light Show With Solar Powered LED’s

Solar Panel Gift Surprise

If you’re family, friends or loved ones are avid Christmas light decorators then this one is for you!

In Australia, almost $98 million every year is spent on running Christmas lights. If you’re horrified at this extortionate number spent on energy, then why not gift your nearest and dearest solar LED lights this Christmas and let them run their Christmas displays for free!

Here are some of the best solar Christmas lights on the market:

2. For The Second Day Of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me: A Solar Dress And A Solar Powered Tee

As mentioned a while back in another one of our blogs solar powered clothing has launched!

If you’re looking for something innovative, trendy and downright electrifying for your gift-giving this year then look no further than Paulin van Dongen’s Solar Douture.

The Dutch designer has tied together fashionable clothes with solar functionality. With her T-shirt producing up to on watt of electricity from the sun (enough to charge an iPhone), this little solar number is perfect for the upcoming summer months.

3. For The Third Day Of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me: A Ralph Lauren Backpack With Solar Powered Capability

Ralph Lauren have developed a handy solar powered backpack for avid hikers or regular walkers. With backpack retailing at a cool $800 the embedded solar panels can generate enough power to charge a smart phone for a few hours.

This chic little accessory could be the perfect Christmas present for loved ones that crave an outdoor escape!

4. For The Fourth Day Of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me: An Inverter And A 6.6KWh Solar PV

Surprise your other half this Christmas with a solar panel installation on your home. With government rebates and feed-in tariffs in full swing, Christmas is the perfect time to start saving on those pesky electricity bills.

Not sure what size solar system you would need? Check out our solar quiz and get tailored information on system size, prices and savings!

5. For The Fifth Day Of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me: 3 Solar Quotes And A Tesla Battery

Solar Powered GiftsAlready have a solar system installed? Why not take your family’s solar savings to the next level this Christmas with a solar battery?

Solar batteries mean you can:

  • Rely less on the grid and therefore pay less for electricity
  • Use your solar energy at night
  • Avoid peak hour electricity rates
  • Reduce your carbon footprint

If you’re a family that loves embracing new technologies, solar batteries are the perfect home innovation to get your geek on. In addition to the great solar savings, battery options such as the Tesla Powerwall are chic, futuristic and downright cool looking.

The best way to get the solar batteries and solar panels that suit you is to compare quotes from multiple, experienced CEC accredited installers in your area. This is to ensure you are getting a system that is tailored to your needs and property, not what the installer wants to sell. 

Solar Market partners with top solar installers across Australia and will match you up with 3 local solar installers so you can start saving sooner.

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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.
 

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