Solar Power & the Home Business Owner

If you operate a business from home, then putting a solar power system on your roof is a GREAT investment. Here are our reasons why: When you’re working from home, the power bills will definitely go up. That’s no surprise to you, we would imagine. If you’re home during the day, you’ve got the lights on, the […]

Solar Power and the Stay at Home Parent

If you’re a stay at home Mum or Dad, then putting a solar power system on your roof is a GREAT investment. Here are the reasons why: When one or both parents are at home with the children, the power bills definitely go up. That’s no surprise to you, we would imagine. Whether you have the […]

Your Power Company Doesn’t Want You to Know This

We all know that the price of electricity has gone up over the years. However, just how much has it risen in the different states and what has been causing these rises? Firstly, here’s the average increases in electricity prices for householders from 2007-08 to 2013-2014 (7 years). Note: These figures do not include rises […]

5 Stupidly Inaccurate Myths About Solar Power

In this day and age, you’d think that the absolute majority of Australians would know all the benefits of solar power, yet there are 5 persistent myths – stupidly inaccurate – that still hang around, so we’ve done a “Myth Busters” job on them. Myth #1 – Solar Works All The Time This one surprises […]

Why Paying for Electricity is Dead Money

Every year, an average Australian family of 4 spends as much as $2,365 on their electricity bills. Some spend even more, especially if they have big energy consumption items like a swimming pool or air conditioning. And, if they have electric heating, their power bill will be higher than those with gas heating. Given that […]

How Much Is It Costing You By Not Getting Solar Installed?

With the ever-rising price of electricity on peoples minds, the most common way home owners consider reducing their bills is adding a solar power system onto the roof of their home. And Australians have taken up that option in spades! Over 1.5 Million Aussie homes now have a solar power system on their roof and […]

6 Reasons Why Solar Power Isn’t Saving You Much Money

A number of comments and questions we get on our Facebook page suggest that solar isn’t worth the money, and isn’t paying for itself quickly enough. So, we thought we’d come up with a list of things people can investigate with their own solar system to find out if there’s a fault with it (that […]

Exposed: Solar Power Pricing & the Feed-In Tariff

The number one question we get from people on our site is: How much does a solar power system cost? Usually the next question is: Why the heck has the government fiddled with the Feed-In Tariff amounts and are now only paying solar home owners 6 – 8 cents per kWh fed back into the […]

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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.