How to power through isolation with solar power


Across Australia (and the world), we’re all coming to the realisation that we will be spending a lot more time at home over the coming months. More time at home means higher electricity usage, whether you’re transitioning to work from home, preparing to hibernate in winter or taking time off to be home with the kids during the holidays.

An increase in electricity usage will inevitably result in more expensive electricity bills, but not for those with residential solar power.

During this time of uncertainty, solar power is becoming a sought-out relief to reduce electricity expenses and future proof household savings.

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By installing solar power at your home, you can generate your own free energy during the day when the sun is out, instead of relying on the electricity grid which you are charged for using.

Being able to produce the majority of your own electricity and having less reliance on the electricity grid can result in reducing your electricity bills by up to 80% which has led to some Australian households saving over $1,800 per year. Read successful solar case studies

The money you can save with solar power from reduced electricity bills combined with the Government solar rebate that provides a considerable reduction to the cost of a solar power system means the solar power system could pay itself off within 2-5 years.

Did you know solar panels have an expected lifespan and warranty up to 25 years but can pay for themselves within 2-5 years!

Positive Environment Impacts of Solar Power

COVID-19 and isolation aside, Australians are still recovering from tragic bushfires which took place earlier this year.

The bushfires initiated greater awareness around climate change and the negative impact we are having on the environment by not taking action to reduce carbon emissions. According to Smart Energy co-founder and MD Elliot Hayes, there has been an increased interest for solar and storage due to consumers seeking greener purchases following the bushfires and floods in Australia.

“Our growth is a by-product of economic uncertainty that is driving both residential consumers and businesses to look for ways to future-proof their savings, homes and businesses. People are also more worried about the state of the planet than they have been before, and rightly so. They’re looking for ways they can make a difference like conserving energy, being aware of the products they buy and their means of transportation.” Elliot Hayes

By installing residential solar power, each home can do their part in reducing Australia’s carbon emissions while having the benefit of reduced electricity bills.

Solar Power is truly is a win-win investment for Australians.

Learn how much money you could be saving and what impact installing solar will have on the environment by trying our solar calculator or request 3 free solar quotes from local installers to get started today.


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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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