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This week in solar energy updates, we have seen the full force of the COVID second wave hit Australia. With Victoria in a stage 4 lockdown, New South Wales gaining rapid positive result spikes and Queensland re-instating their hard border, the ‘normal’ Australian lifestyle seems like a distant memory.

COVID-19 Solar Energy Update

Although solar was deemed an ‘essential service’ during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, this time around the guides are not as clear. As we sit anxiously waiting for new updates, here is what we know so far:

For Victoria, updates detailing the solar industry’s position within the level 4 restrictions are yet to be announced. With retail outlets closing and face-masks made an essential requirement, Victoria is taking a stricter approach to lockdown procedures. We understand that for solar installers, retailer services and industry workers, this information is essential, and as such, we will aim to update you on relevant solar decisions as soon as they are announced.

Currently all other Australian states are allowing the solar industry to operate as normal. The only alteration is that installers are now operating under new COVID-19 safe policies and guidelines. During a time where we are all working from home, energy bills are rising. These new safe, hygienic and contactless systems allow Australians to still access reductions to their energy bills­ – convenient or what!

To find out how solar can reduce your costs during this time of isolation take our solar quiz.

Coronavirus in Australia

$22 Billion Dollar Solar Energy Export

Among the midst of masks and lockdown, Melbourne has announced the fast-track of its Singapore Solar Export Project.

The $22 Billion Dollar project by Australia-ASEAN Power Link, plans to supply solar energy to Singapore via a high voltage cable.

The ambitious project intends to be one of the biggest solar projects in Australia to date, consisting of a 4,500km cable linked to a 10 gigawatt solar farm in the Northern Territory.

It is not clear as yet if the recent COVID-19 restrictions within Victoria will impact the projects’ fast-track aims.


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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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