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Super Battery to give Australian Homes $0 electricity bills for 20 years!

 

How’d you like to be getting $0 electricity bills for 20 years? For home owners in a Sydney based housing development this is soon to be a reality!

Energy prices are on the constant rise and renewable energy is fast becoming a growing trend, with Australia soon to welcome its first solar housing development. The housing development will run off a joint solar system, saving homeowners approximately $2500 annually!

Super Battery to store and distribute excess energy

In the coastal town of Kurnell, Sydney, New South Wales, Natural Solar will have their cost saving technology installed in a 12-home, housing development for homes of 3-4 bedrooms. Each home will be built to include a solar system with panels placed on the roof and a battery to store any unused energy.

The innovative idea here is that each homes battery will connect, creating a “Super Battery” (as Chris Williams, CEO and Founder of Natural Solar has described). This will allow home owners to share and use each other’s excess energy within the 12-home housing development.

Solar Panels Super Battery

Less reliance on the grid

This will reduce the need for the solar homes to draw energy from the grid and instead will draw energy from each other. The way that this is beneficial to homeowners, is that throughout the hours of sunlight some houses will naturally generate more energy due to the positioning of their home and the panels. As the suns position changes throughout the day the homes generating the most energy, at that time will also change.

Goodbye to scheduling your power usage

The communal solar system and storage will take the hard work of home owners pre-planning their energy use, with it no longer being a necessity to time appliances during the day when the sun is out and bright.

Added property asset

For home developers and owners this will be a bonus asset to increase the value of their homes, adding a 5% price increase on the properties with $0 electricity bills for up to 20 years (Solar systems having a 20-year life span). The only on-going costs to be a $30 monthly admin maintenance fee to keep the system up to scratch.

Successful results paving the way for future

Similar systems have been rolled out across Europe with a high success rate and Australia is now jumping on the bandwagon. Natural Solar will look to be rolling similar developments out in the near future, should Kurnell’s development be successful once building has concluded in September.

Consider solar in your building plans

Solar housing developments are a huge stepping stone in converting home buyers into renewable energy, taking the hassle out of transferring to solar after settling in to your new home.

If you are building or planning to build it’s worthwhile working solar into your plan now, to help you start saving from your very first electricity bill!

Receive 3 complimentary, obligation FREE quotes from Solar Market, personalised to your circumstances, getting you on your way to reaping the benefits of saving with solar.

So what are you waiting for?

Sources:

Domain | The Australian | nine.com.au

 

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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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