What Is A Tier 1 Solar Panel And How Do Tier Ratings Work?

Shopping around for solar PV systems can be a daunting experience with so many brands, types and models out on the market and with them all looking fundamentally the same. How are you suppose to know what is a reliable product and what panels are going to live out their 25-year expected lifespan? Tier Rating […]

Thermal Battery That Could Revolutionise The Solar PV and Battery Industry

Curtin University of Western Australia and international renewable energy companies ITP Thermal and United Sun Systems, have teamed up and are working on a project which could revolutionise the solar PV and battery industry forever. The project is based around establishing a thermal battery which will be capable of producing electricity at night, when a […]

Webinar Recap On Victorian Solar Homes Program With The Smart Energy Council

Smart Energy Council CEO John Grimes provided an outline of industry feedback on the impact of the Victoria Solar Homes Program provided to Victorian Energy Minister at a meeting on Tuesday 16 July. The webinar included input from local solar suppliers Peter and Elias and also outlined the next steps for industry and consumers. After […]

Is Going Completely Off Grid Worth It?

As electricity prices continue to rise and incentives including rebates, subsidies and interest free loans for the purchase of solar and battery are being rolled across Australia, many Australians are questioning whether it’s time to say goodbye to the high charging electricity companies and go completely off-grid with solar and battery storage. While being completely […]

How Solar Hot Water Systems Work & Different Types Available

If you have an electric storage or gas water heater and your bills are looking not too pleasant, it may be time to upgrade to a solar hot water system and reduce your household water heating costs. Dependent on whether your current water heating system is gas or electric, upgrading to a solar hot water […]


Introducing our NEW logo! Back in April we launched our brand-new Solar Market website which has had a great response! Our aim was to make the Solar Market website more user-friendly, increase and adapt the material to further assist with educating readers during their solar journey and help consumers identify what stage they are at […]

Is My Roof Suitable For Installing Solar Panels?

Generally speaking, almost all roofs are suitable for installing solar panels. That being said there are roof types that are better for optimising sun exposure, as well as being easier and cheaper to install solar panels on. When discussing “Types” of roofs you can identify your roof type under a few different categories including; roof […]

Solar Victoria PV Rebate Has Reached Capacity For July – Get Ready For August!

The long awaited Solar PV Rebate from Solar Victoria was relaunched on Monday (1st of July) along with rebates for rental properties, batteries and interest free loans. Each rebate has been given a monthly cap to ensure the program can run for the proposed 10 years. Only 3 days into the program re-launching the Solar […]

Purpose Of A Smart Meter & How They Work

If you’re looking into solar or have just recently installed, you may be considering investing in a smart meter to assist in tracking your energy usage. A smart meter (which is also known as an advanced meter) has the ability to send information to your energy retailer remotely as opposed to having someone come out […]

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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.