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Solar batteries have been in the Australian market for decades, and reality is battery storage has never been as affordable, safe and accessible as it is today. What was originally only thought of by people living off-grid in remote communities is now a reality for thousands of suburban households across the country.

Truly, the solar battery storage revolution has begun, albeit slowly. Adding batteries to your solar setup makes sense, especially in Australia, since we pay some of the highest rates to buy electricity from the grid. Simply put, any power you use at home that comes from your solar and not from the grid will provide savings in your energy bills – and a battery will allow you to extend the benefits of your solar, storing the energy generated throughout the day so you can use at times like at night.

 

 

The benefits of solar + battery vs. solar only

A rooftop PV installation allows you to generate free electricity from the sun. As long as the sun is out, and if your solar was correctly designed for your energy needs, you will be able to power your appliances, turn on your lights and run your home as if you were only connected to the grid, with the significant difference that you will be paying much less to your electricity retailer – because you can use free solar energy instead of having to purchase it!

In addition, solar households can export the excess energy they produce to the grid, and receive a payment called a feed-in tariff (or FiT). As you could expect from large electricity retailers, FiTs are never as high as the rates you pay when you consume electricity from the grid (especially at peak times like at night). While this helps somewhat reduce your bills, most households still use a significant amount of power at night, when their solar PV is no longer producing,

Solar batteries are the latest advancement in the solar industry and have rapidly improved in recent years. If you’re considering investing in a solar battery or are just interested in learning more then read on below to learn why you would get one and how they can save you extra money.

 

What a solar battery can do for you (and your wallet)

As we mentioned before, there are times when your rooftop PV installation won’t be producing energy and saving you money– like at night. It is at those times that you can still incur in high charges from grid consumption.

 

 

A solar battery can help you:

  • Store excess solar generation instead of sending it straight to the grid. Once the battery is charged, you will still get a feed-in tariff.
  • Use your own solar power at night, reducing your reliance on the grid. You’re better off utilising this power rather than selling it for a standard feed-in tariff and then having to pay your electricity retailer a much higher rate to power your home at night.
  • Keep your home powered even when the grid fails, if you choose a model that offers blackout protection. Since this is not a part of a standard installation, we recommend you talking to our solar superheroes about blackout protection at the time of quoting. If you already have a battery that supports blackout protection that hasn’t been wired, we can help you organise for an installer to come and enable it.

It is important to mention these benefits will be maximised when you choose the right-sized battery for your energy needs.

To learn more about how you could save with a solar battery and discussing the best option for you, call our solar superheroes at Solar Battery Group on 1300 223 224.

 

 

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Solar energy is becoming more of a necessity with energy prices from the grid continuing to rise. A solar battery will allow you to store free energy you generate during the day from your solar panels, so that you can use it when the sun isn’t out. This is a perfect way of not only lowering your electricity bills, but also maximising the return you get from your solar investments. That’s why choosing the right storage is tremendously important. There are multiple brands, sizes, and models to choose from, but luckily for you we have handpicked the best battery brands in an effort to help make that decision easier.

 

The Tesla Powerwall 2 solar battery at a glance

Wouldn’t you love to look at your next electricity bill with excitement? Well, that can be made a reality thanks to Tesla’s solar energy storage battery, the Powerwall 2. This solar battery has 13.5kWh of battery storage, with 7kW of peak and 5kW continuous power. The Powerwall 2 offers 10 years of Warranty which can give you some comfort and keep your mind at ease.

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The Powerwall 2 design can be described as modern and compact. The compact all in one construction allows for easy installation indoors or outdoors, either on the wall or floor. If you are worried about the outdoor conditions damaging the Powerwall, then worry no more, the Powerwall 2 is rated IP65 and should be tough for all weather conditions.

 

 

Tesla app

With the free Tesla App, you can monitor your home’s energy production and consumption in real time, 24 hours, 7 days a week. Set your preferences to optimise for energy independence, outage protection or savings – you can control your system from anywhere. You can also set instant alerts and remote access, the Tesla App gives you all the information of what is happening with your rooftop solar and battery storage system in an easy-to-understand format.

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Features include:

  • 24/7 Monitoring system
  • Remote settings
  • Storm watch
  • Ability to customise
  • Backup reserve for grid outages

 

Blackout protection feature

For an optional additional price, the Tesla Powerwall 2 includes a feature called backup protection. In order to install this feature modifications to your switchboard will need to occur. If you choose to add backup Power your Tesla Battery will be able to detect outages automatically, becoming your home’s energy source. Just pair with the solar on the roof and your appliances will be working from daytime to nighttime. The Blackout protection can run 5kWh’s of power at a time.

 

It is important to talk to one of our solar battery superheroes who can assist you in determining if the tesla Powerwall 2 is the battery for you, to meet your home and your energy needs.

Join millions who are already making the change to renewable energy in the want for a cleaner future.

 

 

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The evolution of solar battery technology

Australia has paid some of the highest electricity prices in the world for the last decade. As more and more renewables integrate with the grid, wholesale prices are forecasted to start falling in most places. However, retail prices and the rising cost of living, as well as a demand for a cleaner energy future, is prompting Australians to turn to solar battery technology.

Government incentives, coupled with huge improvements in the technology behind solar batteries, has made solar storage more accessible than ever. But how did it all start? And more importantly, where are we headed towards? Read on for a brief history on solar batteries.

 

The beginning of solar storage technology

1980 marks a pivotal point for solar batteries today. The invention of Lithium-ion batteries revolutionised rechargeable battery technology, and it made possible for the brand Sony to produce the first commercial rechargeable battery to hit the market in 1991.

Safer, smaller and more effective than its predecessors, Lithium-ion battery technology opened up a myriad of possibilities – mobile phones, laptops, electric vehicles and the first solar batteries were introduced to the public.

 

As research and development continued, Li-ion solar batteries gained better power outputs, higher depths of discharge, longer warranties, more competitive pricing and lower maintenance needs. It comes as no surprise that Lithium-ion technology has cemented itself dominantly in the Australian domestic battery market today.

 

 

The new era of solar batteries

The first Tesla Powerwall was launched to the market in 2015. In less than a year, the Powerwall 2 shook the market again by doubling the storage capacity at the same price point!

Other manufacturers were quick to follow in Tesla’s footsteps. Solar battery storage went from being an off-grid dream for the few to the reality for thousands of Australians wanting independence from the grid, big savings in their bills, and a need to transition to renewable sources of energy.

Solar battery homeowners store excess solar energy and lower their consumption from the grid, but the market today keeps advancing. There are many different solar battery models to choose from, and as scientists work tirelessly to uncover new and efficient ways to store solar energy, solar batteries evolve fast.

 

What the future holds

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), responsible for the management of Australia’s electricity and gas systems and markets – like the electricity spot prices and decisions that have an impact on the grid prices we pay, has recently announced a new goal for itself to be capable of handling 100% renewable energy penetration on the grid by 2025. This clearly indicates a trend towards more renewable sources of energy, out of which solar and batteries play an important role.

Another hot topic of late has been the so-called ‘solar tax’. The draft determination has been finalised now by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) – the rule-maker for Australia’s energy markets. Essentially, the changes force networks to support feed-ins and renewable energies no matter where you are in the country, as some areas are currently solar export-limited or banned.

 

Although there will be paid solar export options, to be introduced no earlier than July 2025, network operators must also offer a free service option by then. This move should encourage solar homeowners to store energy when prices are low and send it to the grid when rates are higher. A solar battery and other options like solar EVs are perfect for the changes that lie ahead!

 

We can also taste some of what is coming in terms of merging Distributed Energy Resources with the grid, thanks to Virtual Power Plants and community-based battery storage projects announced all over our states and territories.

The more solar batteries are installed in our homes and businesses, the more different ways will take us by surprise as to how we can maximise their usage and provide benefits for all of us.

Rapidly advancing Innovations promise a bright future for the landscape of solar batteries.

As experts in solar storage, Solar Battery Group is committed to stay ahead of the game when it comes to solar news and technology. We only supply the best and latest products in the market, at the best price points.

Have a conversation with our solar superheroes, find out which solar battery is right for you and start living in the future today.

 

 

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Solar energy is becoming more of an essential with ever increasing electricity bills. Through a solar battery, you can store some of the free energy you generate during the day from your solar panels. This is a perfect way to fully maximise the use of your solar investment. That’s why choosing the right storage has never been more important – and this decision is not as straightforward with the multiple brands, sizes, and models to choose from. Thankfully you’re in luck, because at Solar Battery Group we have handpicked the best battery brands to help make that process easier.

 

The AlphaESS Smile-Bat-10.1P solar battery at a glance

Do you want to erase all memory of a bad electricity bill? Well, that can be made a reality thanks to AlphaESS, one of the leading energy storage and service providers in the global market. At Intersolar 2015, the world’s most influential solar exhibition held in Munich this June, Alpha ESS entered the top 10 finalists of the EES Award.

Alpha ESS SMILE5 10.1Today, AlphaESS have produced a premium storage battery for you… The Smile-Bat-10.1P, an exceptional solar battery expandable from 10.1 to a massive 60.6kWh of storage. This Alpha battery is VPP ready, with 24/7 phone monitoring. Alpha ESS also adds 5 years product warranty and 10 years of performance warranty, which gives you as a customer some reassurance that you are supported.

 

 

This Smile model has been designed for a long service life with one of the safest battery chemistries available in the market – LFP or Lithium Iron Phosphate. Rated IP65, the Smile-Bat-10.1P is tough against all weather conditions weather and its simple design makes for a quick and easy ‘plug & play’ installation.

 

Ready for blackout protection

As an option on top of a standard installation price, the Alpha Smile-Bat-10.1P has blackout protection capabilities. To install this feature, modifications to your switchboard will need to occur. Should you choose to add backup power, your battery will have the ability to detect outages automatically, becoming the energy source for your home while the grid is down. Once paired with the solar on your roof, the backed up circuits can run through a 4kW continuous UPS for critical loads.

 

Alpha Cloud monitoring

Alpha ESS have developed an app which enables owners of the Smile-Bat-10.1P to see their battery’s status in real time with 24/7 monitoring. Alpha Cloud will let you check the performance of your system in 3 areas:

 

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  • Power Summary

Here you can monitor you PV system and see in real time the amount of energy produced by the solar panels. The real time load consumption of your system and where the load is drawing from is displayed in a user-friendly pie chart.

 

  • System Status

Here you can view the load consumption, PV generation, feed-in and grid charge for the day. You can also view historical data pulling up information since the system was installed. This can be displayed in several easy-to-read graphs and charts.

 

  • System information

Here you can go under the hood of your Alpha system in the palm of your hand, you view the configuration of your system, the array size of your PV system, the inverter size and battery capacity.

 

It is important to talk to our Solar Battery Superheroes who can assist you in determining if the AlphaESS Smile-Bat-10.1P is the battery for you, to meet your home and your energy needs.

Join millions who are already making the change to renewable energy in the want for a cleaner future.

 

 

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Australia receives energy from the sun that is approximately 10,000 times larger than its total energy consumption. It comes as no surprise that we are number 1 in the world when it comes to solar uptake per capita – as they say, when life gives you lemons, go solar!

This incredible boom of the solar industry in Australia has been supported through a diversity of government programs that encourage households (and businesses in some jurisdictions) to claim rebates or get subsidies on new solar battery installations.

These programs will vary from place to place, so it is important you familiarise yourself with the relevant one to where you live. This entry will dive specifically into the rebate available in the ACT.

For residents of other states and territories, please visit:

 

Without further ado…

 

Next Gen Battery Storage Program – Solar battery rebates for ACT residents

The ACT’s Next Gen Battery Storage Program is aimed at helping with $825 per kW* off the cost of a solar battery in Canberra, Hall, Tharwa and Oaks Estate. After the rebate for example, an Eveready Energy Vault solar battery with a 3kW inverter would save you $2,475 (ex GST) off your installation.

 

* It is worth mentioning this rebate is capped at $24,750 and is based on inverter size not battery capacity. In the example above, the Eveready solar battery with a 3kW inverter gets $825 x 3 = $2,475 rebate.

 

This is how the Next Gen Battery Storage Program works:

  1. You assess your eligibility with the criteria of the program (see below for more details).
  2. You contact us, an authorised solar provider, for a battery quote.
  3. You submit your order for rebate approval.
  4. You pay the outstanding balance of your quote directly to us. Remember we have financing and payment plan options available for this step.
  5. Once approved, we install your new battery system at your premises.

 

Homes and businesses in the ACT (excluding Jervis Bay Territory) wanting to claim this rebate need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • the new battery system must be coupled with solar panels
  • the premises are connected to the electricity grid
  • only for new systems that have not already been supported by the program
  • sourced from an approved battery supplier.

 

 

If you would like more information on the Next Gen Battery Storage Program, please visit: https://www.climatechoices.act.gov.au/policy-programs/next-gen-energy-storage

 

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About 1 in 4 homes in Australia have installed solar as of the end of 2020. Our country receives a massive amount of energy from the sun every year, enough to supply approx. 10,000 times our total energy consumption. Therefore, it comes as no surprise we have the highest uptake of solar per capita globally – as they say, when life gives you lemons, go solar!

This incredible boom of the solar industry in Australia has been supported through a diversity of government programs that encourage households (and businesses in some jurisdictions) to claim rebates or get subsidies on new solar battery installations.

These programs will vary from place to place, so it is important you familiarise yourself with the relevant one to where you live. This entry will dive specifically into the rebate available in VIC.

For residents of other states and territories, please visit:

 

Without further ado…

 

Solar Homes Program – Solar battery rebates for VIC residents

Victoria is home of the Melbourne Cup, the largest tram system in the world, and up to $3,500 point of sale rebate for households aiming at installing a solar battery.

This is how the Solar Homes program works:

  1. You assess your eligibility with the criteria of the program (see below for more).
  2. You contact us, an authorised solar provider, for a quote. If contacting another provider, make sure all products included in your quote are on this approved products list.
  3. We will claim the rebate on your behalf. If approved, the rebate amount (up to $3,500 for this round) will be deducted from the cost of your overall system and installation.
  4. You pay the outstanding balance of your quote directly to us. Remember we have financing available for this step.
  5. We install your new battery system at your premises.
  6. Upon completion of the installation, a Licensed Electrical Inspector is required to attend your premises and lodge a Certificate of Electrical Safety for the newly installed battery system. This is organised by the authorities, so you could experience delays due to lockdowns and restrictions applicable in your area.

Victorian residents wanting to claim the Solar Homes rebate for batteries need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • the property already has solar PV panels with a capacity equal to or greater than 5kW
  • pre-approval is obtained from your Distributed Network Service Provider (DNSP) to safely connect a battery to the grid
  • the energy storage solution is listed on Solar Victoria’s Approved Battery List and the property does not have an existing energy storage system
  • they are the owner-occupier of the property where the system is to be installed
  • the combined household taxable income of all owners is less than $180,000 a year (based on your Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment)
  • it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million based on the current council rates notice
  • the owner/s agrees to receive information from their Distribution Network Service Provider about taking part in battery trials to maximise the value households get from them
  • they have not already received a rebate as an owner-occupier under the Solar Homes Program
  • the property address has not previously taken part in the Solar Homes Program.

Unfortunately, these last points mean that if you claimed the Solar Homes Program rebate when installing your solar PV system (panels only), you are not eligible to receive the battery rebate. However, households can arrange to have their solar PV panels and solar battery installed at the same time.

 

 

If you would like to know how many rebates are remaining in the current release, please visit: https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate

If you would like more information on the Solar Homes Program’s General Terms and Conditions, please visit: https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/applicant-terms-and-conditions

 

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Australia’s potential for solar generation is unparalleled. Our solar industry has seen continuous growth, with thousands of new solar PV and battery installations every year, thanks to the fact we receive much more energy from the sun than we need. A solar investment in Australia makes economic and environmental sense, which is why we claim the number one spot in the world for solar uptake per capita – as they say, when life gives you lemons, go solar!

This solar boom has also been supported through a diversity of government programs that encourage households (and businesses in some jurisdictions) to claim rebates or get subsidies on new solar battery installations.

These programs will vary from place to place, so it is important you familiarise yourself with the relevant one to where you live. This entry will dive specifically into the subsidy available in the SA.

For residents of other states and territories, please visit:

 

Without further ado…

 

Home Battery Scheme – Solar battery subsidies for SA residents

Our beautiful state of South Australia has pioneered solar solutions from the get-go. Its Home Battery Scheme aims at providing SA residents with subsidies of up to $2,000 on the cost of a battery and low interest finance options available.

Current subsidy levels are $250 per kWh for energy concession holders, and $150 per kWh for all other households, up to a maximum subsidy per battery installation of $2,000.

This is how the Home Battery Scheme works:

  1. You assess your eligibility with the criteria of the program.
  2. You contact us, an authorised solar provider, for a quote. Your quote can include solar PV panels too, but the subsidy will only apply to the battery component of the system.
  3. We will claim the subsidy on your behalf.
  4. You pay the outstanding balance of your quote directly to us. Remember we have financing and payment plan options available for this step.
  5. We install your new battery system at your premises.

 

South Australians wanting to claim the Home Battery Scheme subsidy need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • only one subsidy per residential property
  • the site must be connected to a distribution network authorised under the Electricity Act 1996 that forms part of the interconnected national electricity system
  • only approved eligible equipment to be installed by a qualified system provider
  • the applicant must be the owner of the property or have consent from the owner of the property to install a battery system.

A key feature of this subsidy is that it can be accessed more than once, for multiple residential properties you own – you are allowed to access the subsidy once per residential property.

 

 

If you would like more information on the scheme, please visit: https://www.homebatteryscheme.sa.gov.au/about-the-scheme

If you would like more information on the Home Battery Scheme Terms and Conditions, please download: https://www.homebatteryscheme.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/441873/DEM_HBS_Subsidy_Terms.pdf

 

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As solar storage technology continues to evolve, it becomes more and more accessible for the Australian public. Adding a right-sized solar battery to your home can help lower your energy consumption from the grid and your bills, increase energy self-reliance and maximise the return of solar investments, amongst many other benefits. Government rebate programs and subsidies make this step a little easier to take.

However, choosing the right solar battery can be complex. There are hundreds of different brands, sizes, and models to choose from.  That’s why we’ve put some of the most highly recommended battery brands under the spotlight, to assist you in making that decision.

 

The Alpha Smile B3 Plus Solar battery at a glance

AlphaESS is one of the world’s leading energy storage solution providers. Battery systems, like the Alpha Smile B3 Plus, with modular design, easy installation and low maintenance are making the transition to renewables for Australians easier and cost-effective.

The Alpha Smile B3 Plus has an output of 3 kW with a nominal capacity starting from 5.04 kWh, fully expansible to 30.24 kWh – making it ideal for households that may require to increase their battery storage in the future without having to incur into high installation costs or tricky system designs.

Compatible with both new installations and retrofits, AC or DC-coupled, the Alpha Smile B3 proves itself versatile for many situations and different configurations.

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The Alpha Smile B3 Plus has LFP technology, one of the safest Lithium battery types in the Australian market. It offers IP65 protection, making it safe for outdoor installation, and has an operating temperature range from -10 °C to 50 °C, tough enough for our harsh climate.

 

 

Alpha Cloud monitoring

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Thanks to the advances in storage technology, most modern batteries allow the user for remote control and monitoring. Thanks to Alpha Cloud, the days of having to physically inspect or press buttons in the battery are long gone.

At the palm of your hand or computer, the Alpha Smile B3 Plus allows real-time, 24/7 monitoring to keep track of its performance and your savings. It also allows remote control of the system to maximise your savings wherever you may be, as long as you can connect to the Internet.

 

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

Regardless of the battery brand you are interested in, it is very important for you to talk to a solar professional. Choosing the right size and technical specifications according to your energy needs will maximise your savings and reduce the time to see returns from your investment.

Contact us and take charge of your solar setup. Let one of our solar battery superheroes help you determine if the Alpha Smile B3 Plus 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.

 

 

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If you have been enjoying solar panels for a while, there are plenty of reasons why you might be considering whether to upgrade your system with more panels or a battery. Perhaps the family has grown and your home’s energy usage has gone up. Perhaps you have been enjoying Premium Feed-in Tariffs you will no longer have access to, opening the possibility of change. Regardless of the reason, your existing solar setup might not be suitable for your needs anymore – where to go next?

No one can deny the financial and environmental benefits of solar power alone. However, the idea behind solar storage solutions is to reduce your reliance on the grid a step further, making your solar energy available to use even when the sun’s not shining.

 

 

Tens of thousands of Australians are installing solar batteries

Despite its challenges, 2021 is set to mark another strong year for home battery installations. Since the advancements of the technology behind solar batteries has made them bigger and more accessible, it comes as no surprise that the trend shows more and more Australians are installing solar batteries. The data for the first two quarters of 2021 shows an estimated total of 35,535 new batteries installed, overtaking the previous 2012 record.

In 2020 alone, 23,796 households installed a solar battery, out of which almost 35% were added at the same time as solar panels. With the current rate of installations, we are likely to see these numbers keep increasing. But why?

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Image credit: Clean Energy Regulator data, Australian Energy Council analysis, August 2021

 

Batteries vs panels

Solar batteries have come a long way since the technology became first available to us. Powerful features complement the monetary decision to install a battery, with benefits like 24/7 system monitoring, blackout protection, modular extendable capacity, amongst others. For the most part, none of this is possible by simply adding more panels.

Hence, a solar battery not only will store excess power you would have exported to the grid otherwise, but it opens possibilities to maximise your solar investment. As a matter of fact, an average household with a right-sized battery solution could see a boost in solar energy usage from around 25% to up to 80%. Using more free energy from the Sun will decrease your consumption from the grid (and your electricity bills). And when the grid fails, blackout protection will keep your essential appliances running and your lights on.

Modern, modular battery designs – allowing the battery’s capacity to increase in the future if needed, also overcome the limitation of available roof space, shading or available inverter capacity you need to consider when adding more solar panels to your system.

One final consideration for the case of batteries is making sure you already export enough to fill its capacity. If not, it would be worth adding more panels at the time of installing a battery. Solar is not a one-size-fits-all kind of solution, so be wary of any company that offers a battery or more panels without trying to understand your home’s energy consumption patterns and what you already pay for power.

The real question in the debate goes beyond panels OR batteries: How can you maximise your energy independence by increasing the usage of solar energy at home in the most cost-effective way?

 

 

Generate more power… get lower Feed-in Tariffs?

Back in 2008, all Australian governments agreed that small-scale solar generators have the right to export electricity to the grid in return for a payment called the Feed-in Tariff (FiT). Premium tariffs of up to 60 cents per kWh certainly helped to cement our solar installation boom – selling excess solar for these prices was definitely worth investing into.

However, FiT’s have significantly decreased in value across the board since then. For example, the FiT in Victoria is now down to 6.7c/kWh, its lowest since 2016. Similarly, the benchmark rate 2021/22 for New South Wales is 4.6 – 5.5 c/kWh. This should not be a problem on its own, as lower FiT’s would only mean the return on investment takes a bit longer. Reality is though, Australians pay exorbitant electricity retail rates from the grid, so not only are you left waiting longer for a return on investment, but you are also slammed with high electricity bills coming from your consumption when solar is not producing (like at night). The key to save then, is to buy less electricity from your retailer.

The average Australian household does not use all the solar energy produced by their rooftop installation over a day, especially in Summer when our days are so long. All of the energy you generate and don’t use, gets irremediably sold to the grid for less than what you will pay to buy it back in the evening. That is unless you have somewhere to store that excess energy, so you can use it when you need it.

 

A battery might be for you

As we mentioned above, without a battery you can only use your own electricity when it’s being generated. You still rely on the grid at other times. A battery gives you greater independence from the grid, so much that you could power your home at night or when unexpected interruptions happen through blackout protection. Extending the use of your free energy also means you pay less to your retailer, keeping more money in your pocket. And, if you ever want to, modular architecture lets you expand your battery’s capacity, future-proofing your investment.

Talk to us today and find out the perfect battery solution for your energy needs.

 

 

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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.