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Benefits of adding batteries to an existing solar system and signing up with Amber Electric

2023-03-28T09:16:11+11:00

Solar power is an excellent way to save money on your energy bills while also reducing your carbon footprint. One of the challenges of solar power, however, is that it is an intermittent energy source. This means that it is only available when the sun is shining. Fortunately, you can use batteries to store solar power and use it when it is needed, day or night. Here are some of the benefits of adding batteries to your existing solar system: Energy independence - By adding batteries to your solar system, you can store excess energy generated during the day and use it at night or during cloudy weather. This means that you will be less reliant on the grid, and you can have greater control over your energy usage. Cost savings - Storing solar power in batteries can help you save money in several ways. First, you can use the stored energy during peak hours when energy prices are highest, which can save you money on your electricity bill. Second, if you generate more energy than you need, you can sell it back to the grid and earn a credit on your bill. Increased reliability - Power outages are a fact of life, but batteries can help you prepare for them. By storing energy [...]

Benefits of adding batteries to an existing solar system and signing up with Amber Electric2023-03-28T09:16:11+11:00

Benefits of ‘Flexible Export Limits’ for solar systems.

2023-03-14T14:34:06+11:00

Solar energy has become an increasingly popular source of renewable energy. As more people are turning to solar power to generate electricity, it is essential to have flexible export limits for solar systems. In this blog, we will discuss what flexible export limits are and why they are important for solar systems. What are flexible export limits? Flexible export limits refer to the ability of solar systems to adjust the amount of electricity they export to the grid. In most cases, solar systems generate more electricity than is needed by the home or business where they are installed. This excess electricity is typically exported to the grid and sold to the utility company. However, some utility companies have strict limits on how much electricity can be exported to the grid. Flexible export limits allow solar systems to adjust the amount of electricity they export based on the needs of the grid and the regulations of the utility company. Why are flexible export limits important? Flexible export limits are important for several reasons. First, they allow solar systems to maximize their output while still complying with utility regulations. This is important because it ensures that solar systems can continue to generate renewable energy and contribute to the grid. If solar systems were not able to [...]

Benefits of ‘Flexible Export Limits’ for solar systems.2023-03-14T14:34:06+11:00

AEMC – Turning point for incentives to invest in residential batteries

2023-03-28T09:11:23+11:00

In October 2022, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) published an article on their website called:  Turning point for incentives to invest in residential batteries. https://www.aemc.gov.au/turning-point-incentives-invest-residential-batteries In the piece they state that with the following trends in the energy markets are creating greater incentives for consumers to store and use their own energy using residential batteries: Falling price of feed-in-tariffs. Implementation of export charges during peak solar production times of the day. Increase cost of power during peak periods. Falling cost of batteries. Longer battery warranty times. For households that already have solar systems, the net benefit of owning a solar system increased  from $0.15 – $2.0 per kWh in 2020 ( this is the difference between the value of the feed-in-tariff and the cost of energy during peak periods), to $0.24 per kWh in 2021.  This trend of falling feed-in-tariffs and export charges is expected to continue, with a potential net benefit of $0.30 per kWh in 2024/25. Coupled with the now more common warranty period of 10 years by most battery manufacturers, this is now resulting in the average pay back period for many of the more reasonable priced battery storage systems to fall within the warranty period. Of course many factors come into play, such as the size of the solar [...]

AEMC – Turning point for incentives to invest in residential batteries2023-03-28T09:11:23+11:00

Benefits of installing batteries to your existing home solar system

2023-03-28T09:10:34+11:00

As more and more homeowners switch to solar energy, many are considering adding battery storage to their existing solar systems. While the payback period can sometimes be a determining factor in deciding whether to install a battery system, there are many other benefits to consider such the following: 1. Energy Independence One of the biggest benefits of having a solar battery system is energy independence. With a battery system in place, you can store excess solar energy generated during the day for use at night or during periods of cloudy weather. This allows you to reduce your reliance on the grid and use your own stored energy whenever you need it. 2. Grid Backup Another key benefit of installing a battery system is that it can serve as a backup source of power in case of grid outages. This can be especially important in areas prone to natural disasters or power outages. With a battery system, you won't have to worry about losing power during an emergency, as you'll have a reliable source of energy right at home. 3. Reduced Demand Charges By storing and using excess solar energy, you can reduce your reliance on peak-hour energy from the grid, potentially lowering your demand charges. This can help you save money on your monthly [...]

Benefits of installing batteries to your existing home solar system2023-03-28T09:10:34+11:00

5 top reasons to replace lead-acid batteries with lithium batteries for your caravan or RV

2023-02-08T14:04:52+11:00

1. Weight Reduction With the relevant state police forces cracking down on overweight camper trailers, many owners are now looking to strip out weight from their RV vehicles so they are within the legal weight limits by replacing their lead-acid batteries with Lithium Ion Phosphate - (LiFePO4) batteries which are about 25% of the weight and volume of traditional lead-acid batteries, and about 70% of the weight of AGM batteries. This means that by swapping out lead-acid for LiFePO4 batteries, the battery capacity can be greatly increased while reducing (or at most equaling) the current volumetric space. These days with ever increasing number of electronic devices installed in modern RVs, this increase in battery capacity is very much needed. 2. Depth of Discharge (DOD) LiFePO4 lithium batteries are typically discharged to 80%-90% on a daily basis and up to 100% in a backup situation without causing any damage. However, lead-acid batteries can only be discharged up to 40% on a daily basis and maximum of 70% in a backup situation. This means that LiFePO4 lithium batteries have a much greater usable capacity than traditional lead-acid or AGM batteries. 3. Higher Efficiency LiFePO4 lithium batteries are generally >95% efficient whereas lead-acid or AGM batteries range between 80% to 85% efficiency. This, combined with the DOD [...]

5 top reasons to replace lead-acid batteries with lithium batteries for your caravan or RV2023-02-08T14:04:52+11:00

Northern Territory Home and Business Battery Scheme

2023-02-07T19:45:34+11:00

If you're a Northern Territory (NT) homeowner, business or a not-for-profit organisation, you can apply for a $6,000 grant through the Home and Business Battery Scheme. You can use the grant to buy and install batteries and inverters. Homeowners that own a business can apply for both their home and business. The grant is available to eligible recipients regardless of their electricity provider. Jacana Energy customers who receive the premium one-for-one feed-in tariff and access this scheme will be transferred to a standard feed-in tariff. Who can apply You can only submit one application per property and per homeowner. You can apply if you're: a registered owner of a residential property in the NT a registered NT business a not-for-profit or community organisation operating in the NT in either owned or leased premises. The property can be owner-occupied or used as an investment, but there can only be one application per property and per homeowner. If you are a homeowner and also own a business, you can apply for one grant for your home and one for your business. What's included You can use the funding to: buy and install a solar photovoltaic (PV) with an eligible battery and inverter or buy and install an eligible battery and inverter only, if you already have solar [...]

Northern Territory Home and Business Battery Scheme2023-02-07T19:45:34+11:00

CommBank announces Green Loan to help it’s customers purchase renewable technology.

2022-11-17T11:39:25+11:00

Commonwealth Bank has announced a new CommBank Green Loan, which will make it easier for CommBank home loan customers to purchase and install renewable technology. By partnering with customers, CommBank is helping to contribute to a sustainable future. The bank’s Group Executive Angus Sullivan said: “As part of our commitment to the responsible global transition to net zero emissions by 2050, we’re supporting our customers access renewable energy through sustainable housing solutions. “The CommBank Green Loan offers an historically low 0.99% p.a. secured fixed rate loan for eligible CommBank customers to fund up to $20,000 in renewables repaid over 10 years with no set up, monthly service or early repayment charges, adding to our already market leading home lending solutions.” “For most customers, they will see their energy bill drop by over $500 per year[1] if they switch to solar which will offset total repayments of the loan in the long-term. As Australia’s largest lender, we want to help as many customers as possible make their homes more sustainable.” Customers with an eligible CommBank home loan or investment home loan can use the Green Loan to purchase and install eligible small-scale renewable technology such as solar panels (and invertors if applicable), battery packs and electric vehicle charging stations at the property used as security for the existing home loan. [...]

CommBank announces Green Loan to help it’s customers purchase renewable technology.2022-11-17T11:39:25+11:00

Financing Options to Purchase Solar Batteries

2022-11-17T11:42:07+11:00

At Solar Battery Store we understand that purchasing batteries is a substantial investment and not every family might have the spare funds laying around. That is why we are happy to to suggest three options below to finance your new battery system. At Solar Battery Store, we do not provide financial advice and you should consider seeking financial assistance before making any decision. Mortgage Re-draw The most common and sound option to purchase your battery system is to draw down on your mortgage with your existing bank.  This will most likely give you the cheapest interest rate as it will be the same as your current mortgage, which are at historic low rates with no sign of increase for the next few years. Personal Loans Check out the finance provider CP Money who are happy to offer their services to all customers. They will discuss your financial situation, requirements with you and look at the possibility of tailoring a personal loan to meet your needs. Please click on the link here and fill in the 'contact us' section of their page, and they will contact you to arrange a discussion with you. Other personal loan providers to consider are: Handypay -https://solarbatterystore.com.au/handypay/ Plenti - https://www.plenti.com.au/green-loans/ Money Me - https://www.moneyme.com.au/personal-loans Credit Cards Using credit cards to purchase solar batteries [...]

Financing Options to Purchase Solar Batteries2022-11-17T11:42:07+11:00

Victoria’s Solar Battery Scheme expands statewide and provides 17,500 solar battery rebates over next 3 years

2022-11-17T11:44:01+11:00

On the 17th November 2020, Victoria’s Minister for Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced that the Victorian Government will invest $797 million to support Victorians with their power bills and increase the energy efficiency of their homes, including 17,500 solar battery rebates state wide over the next 3 years. "The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver the biggest household energy efficiency package in any state’s history, creating thousands of jobs, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions." This will include $335 million to upgrade 250 households with old and inefficient heating appliances such as old wood, electric or gas fired heaters with the latest energy efficient systems that are safer and cheaper to run, which will in turn drive down emissions. Another $112 million will be invested to improve the thermal energy efficiency of social housing properties, which will make homes more comfortable and reduce power bills. $191 million will be spent to expand the existing Solar Homes program to a further 42,000 homes on top of the 100,000 homes who have already benefited by installing solar systems on their rooftops under the program.  This program will also be open to small businesses to apply, offering 15,000 solar rebates for businesses. The Solar Battery Rebate will expanded to cover all of Victoria rather than a specific list [...]

Victoria’s Solar Battery Scheme expands statewide and provides 17,500 solar battery rebates over next 3 years2022-11-17T11:44:01+11:00

Energy Australia urges federal government to focus on batteries.

2022-11-17T11:51:16+11:00

Energy Australia says that the best way for the federal government to invest in the future of the power market and help economic recovery from COVID-10 is by subsidising battery installations. Head of consumer markets Mark Collette has made calls for a greater focus on accelerating the national transition to renewables to keep up with the recent rooftop solar panels boom by installing household and commercial batteries, to store excess energy created during the day. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s continued heavy focus on gas as the solution to fill the gap during overcast and windless periods when conditions for renewables are unfavourable has reignited debate about the best path for Australia’s transition, and fuelled concerns from environmentalists and some business leaders who believe stimulus funding would be better spent on expanding clean energy rather than carbon-intensive fossil fuels. Former Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull said this week that renewable-led economic stimulus would be much more effective than concentrating on gas. Mr Collette said “Solar energy is now quite economic without government subsidy, it’s probably a train that moves without any support.  I think the case for action around batteries and different support mechanisms that might help on storage could be stronger because it helps some of the emerging challenges across the grid”. Energy and Emissions [...]

Energy Australia urges federal government to focus on batteries.2022-11-17T11:51:16+11:00

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