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Which Sized Solar System Will Save You the MostSo, you want to reduce your power bills but when you start researching about solar panels, it’s just confusing, and all you want to know is what solar size system you need and how much?! Then you start ringing solar companies and you get different answers, different prices and it really gets frustrating as you just don’t know which one to go for and what is right for you. At Solar Market, we have created a quick solar quiz to give you a guideline on how much you can save, what size solar panel system you need (based on your usage) and the price estimates for the system too. You might be wondering why we can only give you a ballpark figure on how much the system will cost. This is because prices for a full solar PV system can vary. There are brands that are high-end or low-end, your property can influence how you mount your system (which can add to the cost), and solar installers all charge varying prices. We give you a ballpark figure as a guide for decision making, if it’s over that amount you might not be getting a good deal, and if it’s under that amount you could be getting a dodgy deal. Here are some of our buying tips to help you through the process. We understand solar is a big investment, and you deserve to know all the ins and outs before you approach an installer. Take our free solar quiz and find out which sized solar system will save you the most & which system suits your home! If you want more information, you can download our free solar guide or if you are ready to get solar quotes, we can connect you to 3 local solar installers so you can compare your solar panel system quotes.

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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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