September2018

Claim Solar As A Tax Write-Off For Small Business

Reduce Your Business’ Power Bills By Switching To Solar and Claim It Back On Tax! Small Businesses looking to lower power bills by switching to solar will again be able to take advantage of the $20,000 Instant Asset Write-Off, which is said to be extended until June 2019 according to Smart Company. Back in May, […]

Home Solar & Battery Schemes Available in Your State

Breakdown of Residential Solar and Battery Assistance Schemes Available in Australia Solar energy and batteries are all the hype amongst media currently with State Governments providing new cost-efficient options and assistance to reduce Australians high electricity bills. Assistance is being provided in the form of schemes to assist homeowners in the purchase of products such […]

Victoria Government’s Re-election Promise of Solar Battery Rebate

A Re-Election Promise of a Home Battery Rebate Scheme for Victoria Home Owner-Occupiers! The Victoria Government has announced that if re-elected in November they will introduce a new renewable energy incentive for home owner-occupiers, providing reductions of up to $4,838 on the installation of a battery storage unit, for up to 10,000 homes. This will […]

SA Home Battery Scheme to Launch This October!

South Australian’s Home Battery Scheme to Launch This October! The South Australia Government is about to launch a new renewable energy scheme to assist in providing more affordable energy to South Australian households. The scheme focuses on home batteries and will be available from this October! The South Australian Government has placed $100 million funding […]

Energy Minister To Cut Renewable Energy Scheme?

Solar Citizens & Smart Energy Council fear that The Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) is on the chopping block with new Energy Minister, Angus Taylor in charge.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison has characterised Taylor as the “Minister for lowering power prices”. A huge claim and responsibility, considering the Government have failed to achieve this promise […]

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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.