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Solar battery storage solutions are gaining attention with the Australian public. A right-sized battery can help you lower electricity bills, increase energy self-reliance and maximise the return of solar investments, amongst many other benefits.

Choosing the right solar storage is of the utmost importance. There are literally hundreds of brands, sizes, and models to choose from, so this decision can seem a bit daunting at first. That’s why we’ve put some of the most highly recommended battery brands under the spotlight, to assist making that decision a tad easier.

The HIVE Solar battery at a glance

HIVE Solar Batteries implements cutting edge technology for the use of home solar storage solutions. Using one of the safest battery chemistries available on the market – Lithium Iron Phosphate, extra casing for the batteries and software integration to protect the battery from any potential damage, the HIVE has an all-in-one design.

Pre-engineering and preparation from the factory make this battery popular with installers and homeowners, saving valuable time and minimising the chance of errors during installation. Since the HIVE solar battery is AC-coupled, it is simple and inexpensive to set up to new or existing solar installations, and more efficient at powering high AC loads during the day.

In addition, its flexibility to add on more battery units with actual plug-and-play installation has been highly sought after in the solar storage market. The HIVE battery is a modular solution starting at 2.9 kWh, expandable to 17.4 kWh.

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Optional blackout protection

HIVE Solar Batteries offer the option to add UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), which is particularly attractive if you live in an area prone to brownouts and blackouts.

– all depending on what circuits it is wired up to.

Although not a standard feature, the addition of blackout protection comes at a minimal cost above the standard installation.

 

HIVE Cloud monitoring

Hive Solar Batteries AppMost modern batteries offer some sort of user-friendly monitoring solution. The HIVE Solar Battery is no exception, featuring a 24/7 monitoring app, making it simple to stay on top of your usage and your solar generation at your convenience.

Its interface allows you to check real-time profit and access to local technical support. On top of that, free upgrades to the monitoring app are included.

The HIVE Cloud gives you all the information of what is happening with your rooftop solar and battery storage system in an easy-to-understand format.

Features include:

  • Available to use on the desktop, smartphone, or tablet device
  • 24-hour monitoring of your entire solar system and battery
  • Accurate savings in dollar terms
  • Changed feed-in tariff? Simply customise your feed-in tariff on the HIVE Cloud app to update your savings calculator
  • Access to local technical support from HIVE engineers
  • Remote diagnostic software for when a fault is detected
  • Free, remote updates online or via USB

 

Solar storage is not a one-size-fits-all solution

It’s important to talk to a solar professional when choosing a solar battery. Contact us and let one of our solar battery superheroes help you determine if the HIVE Solar battery is the right choice for your home and your energy needs.

Solar Battery Group has a range of batteries suited to meet even the most diverse requirements.

Battery technology in 2021 is allowing tens of thousands of Australians to get more out of their solar investments. But does it make sense for you?

Here are a few questions aimed at helping you decide whether a solar battery is the next move for you:

 

When do you consume most of your electricity?

This one’s important because simply put, you’re financially better off maximising the amount of solar energy you use at home so you can buy less from your electricity retailer.

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For most households, energy usage is higher in the mornings and the evenings (peak times). Without a battery, you can only use solar energy while your system is producing – when the Sun’s shining. Unless you are already using most of your energy during the day, you will be getting an electricity bill from your consumption at night and any other times without solar. A solar battery might be a good solution to lower your bills without changing your usage patterns.

 

How much do you export to the grid?

Without storage, any solar power you don’t use when it’s generated gets sold to the grid. For most of us, the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) you get paid will be lower than the electricity rates you pay to your retailer, and these tariffs get lower and lower as more people embrace solar technology. In the current grid infrastructure, systems and areas where solar exports are already limited or banned are not unheard of.

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To prevent traffic jams, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has proposed rooftop solar panel owners to be charged for exporting electricity into the grid at sunny times – what advocacy group Solar Citizens has dubbed as a ‘sun tax’. Such a move talks about disincentivising solar to be exported in the future, while making batteries and electric vehicles more attractive.

In short, if you are exporting a decent amount of power to the grid, it is very likely you could use that to fill up a battery instead and save more money.

 

Is the area where you live prone to brownouts and blackouts?

A solar PV installation is great to gain independence from the grid… until the grid fails. It’s a common misconception, but rooftop solar panel systems won’t work during a blackout.

When blackouts happen, electrical teams are quickly prompted to fix whatever the issue is. Back in the day when the grid worked as a one-way street, maintenance work involving the poles and wires was safe for them to proceed with. Now however, during a sunny day, solar systems would still feed excess power into the grid, essentially keeping poles and wires live. Maintenance work cannot proceed safely until all solar systems are shut down. In the event of a blackout, your system’s inverter will do this automatically.

Adding a solar battery with blackout protection (also called UPS) to your system will provide basic power to your home when the grid fails. It’s important to know your options, as different batteries add different levels of blackout protection. Nevertheless, you can keep your home running at a consistent throughput as long as the battery has been charged. Power outages make solar batteries a necessity in certain areas of Australia.

 

Getting battery storage

If you consume most of your electricity when your solar is not producing, you export a decent amount of energy to the grid, and protecting your home from blackouts is important to you; then you are a great candidate to add solar battery storage to your existing setup.

Solar storage technology continues to evolve quickly, and there are options galore to choose from. When choosing to invest in a solar battery, your home’s energy consumption, budget and motivations need to be taken into consideration.

That’s why we take our time understanding your energy needs before recommending a storage solution for you. Talk today to one of our battery superheroes and get a free quote by answering a few quick questions.

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