Are German solar panels the best?

The Germans have a reputation for producing the best quality solar PV components in the world – and rightly so. Germany has led the way in producing the best and most consistent manufacturing methods for solar panels. This extends to the point where some factories are entirely automated for the whole end to end process. […]

Are Chinese solar panels any good?

For a long time, Solar panels from China have  had a stigma attached to them with regards to their quality. For some manufacturers, this isn’t entirely undeserved but, there are a lot of good Chinese panels that suffer under this blanket assumption. Where did this stigma come from? In 2009 the Chinese government began offering […]

Solar Rebates in NSW 2014

Financial solar rebates and incentives in New South Wales have changed dramatically over the last 5 years making it difficult to find a simple answer on what you are eligible to receive when you purchase a solar system in today’s terms.

RET Review Calls for “Significant Change”

The review into Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) has concluded that the cost of the RET mechanism to the community “outweighs the benefit” and therefore significant change to the scheme is required. The government released the review today and it recommends that action should be taken to: “emphasize alternative, lower cost approaches to reducing emissions in the Australian economy.”

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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.