August2018

Be Battery Ready To Future Proof Your Energy Needs

What Are Solar Batteries? And What Does Being Battery Ready Mean? You’ve heard of people upgrading their Solar PV Systems to include a battery, but what are batteries? Are they going to benefit you right now? Or can you set yourself to be battery ready for the future? What are solar batteries? A solar battery […]

Solar Victoria’s Rebate & How To Get It!

A breakdown of The NEW Victoria Solar Rebate and how you can actually get it! So, the dust has slightly settled after Solar Victoria’s big announcement entitling 24,000 Victoria households to a NEW Solar Rebate, effective immediately. However, with the big announcement came a lot of confusion, questions and excitement of potential solar savings! So, […]

Increase Your Property Value with SOLAR!

Looking to increase your property value and make it desirable on the market? Solar might be for you! Homeowners looking to sell, are saying goodbye to interior renovations and hello to solar system installations, making their property more desirable on the market. The growing renewable energy trend is now welcoming a new benefit! Home buyers […]

Maximise Your Energy Savings with these Top Tips!

Whether you’ve switched to solar or about to, lets maximise your solar savings! In the times where energy prices are on the constant rise, Solar energy has come as a relief to the average household. Homeowners are reaping the benefits of switching to solar and saving up to $2500 annually, with a ROI of approximately […]

What are the 3 best solar panel brands in Australia?

Solar panels, to the naked eye, all look pretty much the same. There are slight variations, different colours and sizes, but generally seem pretty similar. So unless a solar panel comes out the box with half the back missing off it, how do you know how good or reliable it is? We’ve based our criteria […]

Solar Rebate Soon To Be Scrapped For W.A? – How To Maximise On The Subsidies!

Maximise on the Government Changes to Solar! It’s in the news and it’s been up in the air for some time, but in more recent news it looks like the Labor Party will be scraping the Government subsidies (Solar Government Rebate) for West Australian’s switching to solar. Energy Minister Ben Wyatt (Labor Party) has motioned […]

Download Your FREE Beginner’s Guide To Solar Power!

Beginners Guide to Solar Power

If you’re considering solar for your property or just looking to maximise the savings for your solar system, download a FREE copy of our "Beginner’s Guide To Solar Power".

Become an expert and better understand the ins and outs of solar power and solar PV systems for your property.

Includes detailed explanations and diagrams of the various types of solar systems and their parts, solar battery storage systems, Government incentives, expected ROI periods, finance, energy saving tips and more!

Download Your Free Copy Now!
X

Please provide your email address so that we can send your free copy of "Beginner’s Guide To Solar Power".

Yes please, I would like to receive updates from Solar Market. Click to view our Privacy Policy.

Thank you

We have emailed your copy of "Beginner’s Guide To Solar Power".

If your guide does not appear in your inbox ensure that you have provided the correct email address or check your junk/spam folder.

This message will close in 10 seconds or

Close and back to page
X

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.