Solar Victoria Offers Bushfire Assistance

 

solar Victoria bushfire assistanceAs 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 existing customers who’ve been impacted by the bushfires and fall under the following scenarios;

  • Have a Solar Homes loan
  • Have an open or approved application with Solar Victoria
  • Installed a solar power system with a Solar Homes rebate and the property or solar power system has since been destroyed or damaged by the bushfires

Some assistance being offered includes pausing the repayments for Solar Homes loans for people living in bushfire affected areas and providing extensions for applications and installations, however, people are encouraged to contact Solar Victoria to see how they can be further assisted.

Businesses who are unable to work or had their premises damaged as a result of the fires are also being urged to contact Solar Victoria for support.

Donate To Assist Australians Who Have Been Affected

If you’ve been fortunate enough to not be heavily impacted by the current Australian bushfires, you can help those in need by donating. The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. 100% of donated funds will go directly to communities in need.

Donations to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal can be made online at Community Enterprise Foundation or at any Bendigo Bank branch.

Learn more about Solar Victoria’s, Solar Homes Program and Rebates Available

 

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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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