Home Solar Power System Reads | Top 9 In 2020


As we wave goodbye to the memory of last year, here was your top 9 home solar power system reads for 2020.

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1. 2021 Solar Rebate Decreases | What You Need To Know

Rebates are always a hot topic for solar enthusiasts which is why the yearly rebate changes are one of the top viewed blogs of 2020! If you want to know what rebates and STC’s your eligible for, this blog is for you.

2. Solar Panels, Hail & InsuranceSolar Panels Myth

After a series of freak storms hailed across Queensland this year, we saw a spike in solar panel insurance claims. It seems a lot of readers also wanted to find out how and when solar panels are covered by insurance. If hail is a common occurrence in your region and you are considering investing in solar then give this blog a read.

3. 5 Myths About Solar Panels

This blog set out to debunk solar myths and debunk it did. With over 746 reads so far, this fun little blog is informative and touches on some controversial solar topics. If you are ready to separate fact from fiction when it comes to solar then this blog is for you.

4. A Life On Our Planet- David Attenborough’s Witness Statement

Although this isn’t a heart-warming story, David Attenborough’s ‘A life on our planet’ was a truly eye-opening view into our planet’s deepest environmental problems. With some excellent solutions delivered by the wildlife warrior, this blog recounts all of the key topics discussed in the documentary if you can’t watch the Netflix special.

5. Is The Price Of Solar Panels Really That Expensive?

This blog tackles social perception and spending rationalisations when it comes to solar. When solar costs the same as a pure bread Pomeranian puppy, an engagement ring or mattress, it becomes hard to say “but it’s just too expensive.”

6. How Does Solar Energy Work?solar sunflower

A popular blog in 2020 was this navigation guide to solar energy. Although we all know what solar panels are, ‘how’ solar energy actually works has remained a mystery to many. If you aren’t entirely sure how sunshine can be turned into electricity then give this blog a good once over.

7. Top 5 Tips To Save Money From Home

2020 was the year of the lockdown and with so many people working from home instead of the office – electricity prices began to spike for many. This blog helps provide readers with some great lifestyle tips for reducing energy costs in the home. 

8. We Need To Talk About Michael Moore’s Documentary

Here at Solar Market, we offer unbiased information around solar news, updates and technologies. Our main aim is to deliver our clients quality quotes from CEC accredited installers so that they can make the most informed decision when it comes to solar. Our discussion about Michael Moore’s Documentary allows you to objectively consider all avenues of conversation surrounding the world of renewable industries.

9. How Has COVID-19 Affected The Australian Solar Industry?

Undoubtedly the 2020 pandemic has shaken many industries to the core. Many businesses, organisations and governments have had to adapt and change in order to ride out the financial onslaught that has brought modern living to its knees. But how has the home solar power system faired? Find out in this top blog from 2020.

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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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