11kW Solar System installed by Aussie Wide Solar

“Aussie Wide were able to suggest and supply quality. They provided great service over the phone and a great quality install. I was so happy with their service that I referred them to my sister’s business who have now installed with them.”

Andrew Beaton from NSW

After submitting a quote request through the Solar Market website Andrew was contacted the very next day by providers.

“It’s an easy way to get great quotes”

Out of the solar providers who he was contacted by Andrew chose to install in January 2019 with Aussie Wide Solar who provided a home visit at Andrew’s residence to assure an accurate and thorough quote.

“Aussie Wide were able to suggest and supply quality. They provided great service over the phone and a great quality install. I was so happy with their service that I referred them to my sister’s business who have now installed with them.”

Andrew’s family opted for a 11kW solar PV system which generates on average 28-30kW per day in winter, but in months like March he saw it increase up to 50-60kW per day.

In his household of 3 Andrew has seen his electricity bills drop from $800 to his most recent being $68 which was in winter.

“I expect to be in credit this summer”

Andrew believes at this rate his solar system would have safely paid itself off within 3 years, even with him running his pool cleaner throughout the day.

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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.