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NSW Home Solar Battery Guide


A key aspect to a distributed energy future, powered by renewables, is the ability to store energy during the solar peak (in the middle of the day) to be used—or dispatched—when it’s most valuable (like in the early evening peak). Doing so provides benefits for both the battery owner, but also for the broader energy ecosystem. We believe that home-scale battery technology has a significant role to play in this regard. While the control mechanisms for behind-the-meter storage are still relatively nascent, batteries are growing in popularity, as the economics improve. Tesla’s Powerwall 2 announcement late last year had a big impact, with other manufacturers dropping their prices to match and spurring a lot of interest in the community. This content taken from here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nsw-home-solar-battery-guide-grant-young/ Link to PDF: http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/f.ashx/documents/general-publications/NSW-Home-Solar-Battery-Guide_WEB.pdf

NSW Home Solar Battery Guide2020-12-02T08:34:11+11:00

Victoria’s – Solar Battery Rebate


Solar Victoria are now rolling out a battery rebate scheme to help identify demand and battery usage in Victoria. In 2019-20 there will be 1,000 rebates of up to $4,838 for a solar battery system. Installing a battery can help a typical household save up to $640 a year. Solar Victoria requires stringent quality and safety standards to be met so that solar customers applying for a rebate receive a high-quality product, installed safely by a qualified professional. For customers to receive a rebate, it is necessary to use only authorised retailers, installers and solar products. We maintain a regularly updated list of authorised providers, who are required to only use products on Solar Victoria's approved products list. To qualify for inclusion on these lists, providers and products are required to meet standards set by the Clean Energy Council, Energy Safe Victoria and other relevant authorities. The battery program targets designated postcodes with high PV penetration and population growth. To see details and eligible postcodes visit the Solar Victoria website: https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate Victorians eligible to receive a battery rebate if they meet all of the following criteria: • the property is within a designated postcode and already has solar PV panels with a capacity equal to or greater than 5kW • pre-approval is obtained from [...]

Victoria’s – Solar Battery Rebate2020-12-02T08:39:26+11:00

Supporting the Telecommunications Industry


Company directors, George Drougas and Nestor Diaz founded Solar Energy Warehouse in November 2019, after 12 months of in-depth research and planning. They both came from a telecommunications infrastructure deployment background and have worked in the Australian Telecommunications industry for a combined period of over 50 years.  Solar Energy Warehouse has an extensive network of connections with most telecommunications carriers in Australia i.e. Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, TPG and NBN, plus numerous vendor companies such as Nokia, Visionstream, Silcar, Kordia, Huawei and Service Stream, to name a few. More specifically, George and Nestor have both been involved in the deployment of mobile phone networks nationwide and for all major Australian telecommunication carriers.  They have in-depth knowledge of property, design and construction of mobile network site programmes. With this background, they believe there is an opportunity to introduce alternate battery technologies to provide power backup systems within their networks, which rely mostly on traditional lead-acid batteries.  All Telecommunication companies in Australia are now trialling alternate battery technologies with a view to move to implement this change quickly. The feedback we’ve received from our contacts in the telecommunications industry is that the typical lifespan of lead-acid batteries in their networks is around 7 years, however many batteries have been failing within 3 years.   The three main advantages [...]

Supporting the Telecommunications Industry2020-12-03T00:19:24+11:00

NSW Gov’s Empowering Homes solar + battery program is finally underway.


After a delayed start, the NSW Government finally announced on the 28th of Feb 2020 the Empowering Homes program, which was the result of a commitment that the Berejiklian Government made in the run up to the NSW State election in March 2019. It was announced in June 2019 that the first systems would be installed during the 2019/2020 summer under the scheme, however delays have resulted in the scheme being announced in late Feb 2020 as a pilot program to homeowners in the Hunter region in NSW, which will be run for 12 months before being extended across the rest of the state to include 300,000 homes. The scheme involves interest-free loans of up to $9,000 for a battery system or up to $14,000 for a solar and battery system to households with a combined income of up to $180,000. The pilot program is open to homeowners living in the eligible postcodes in the areas for Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens, Singleton, and Upper Hunter. Homeowners can check the Energy Saver website to determine if their postcode is eligible as well as application details at the link: https://energysaver.nsw.gov.au/households/solar-and-battery-power/solar-battery-loan-offer

NSW Gov’s Empowering Homes solar + battery program is finally underway.2020-12-02T09:35:15+11:00

Victoria’s Solar Battery Scheme expands to 247 postcodes


On 7th March 2020, Victoria’s Minister for Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced that the solar battery rebate has been expanded to include 247 eligible postcodes. The rebate is aimed at providing eligible households which already have solar systems of 5kW or more with a rebate of up to $4,838 towards installing battery storage at their homes. Over 70% of the additional new 143 postcodes are in regional centres such as Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Mildura, Port Fairy, Traralgon, Sale, and Bairnsdale, which cover approx. half of the homes that have existing solar systems of 5kW or greater.  The additional postcodes were selected in consultation with power distribution network service providers to target growth areas with large numbers of solar powered homes. Solar Victoria has also stated that they will look to expand the battery rebate program to controlled batteries, microgrids and VPPs from July 2020.

Victoria’s Solar Battery Scheme expands to 247 postcodes2020-12-02T09:38:58+11:00

South Australia Home Battery Scheme changes = big benefits to new home buyers


Changes announced in January 2020 by the SA government to their Home Battery Scheme, means that the scheme will now be open to new home buyers and new builds. Previously, the Home Battery Scheme required the batteries to be installed within a 6-month window, which did not allow enough time to build a new home.  However, the window has now been extended to 12 months, meaning that developers can now receive the Home Battery Scheme subsidy for the installation of batteries. They can then offer the solar and battery systems to new home buyers at no additional cost. One of Australia’s leading residential building industry suppliers, Stoddard Group, is keen to take advantage of the Home Battery Scheme and expects to install 2000 solar plus battery systems in South Australia in 2020, and more than 10,000 over the next four years, with the aim of forming one of the largest virtual power plants (VPPs) in the world.

South Australia Home Battery Scheme changes = big benefits to new home buyers2020-12-02T09:41:30+11:00

Discounted Green home loans for energy efficient homes.


The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has launched a new Green Home Loan program. This Green Home Loan is for borrowers who build or buy a home that has a minimum 7-star NatHERS energy rating. This is the first home loan to use home energy efficiency rating as a criteria for eligibility. Bank Australia is the first Australian bank to offer the scheme funded by the CEFC, which offers 0.4 per cent discount to their home loan rate, and is applicable for 5 years. This means that a home loan for a median priced house in Sydney of $1M, would equate to a saving of $4,000 per annum (equating to $20K over 5 years).  In addition, the borrower’s house would be valued 10 per cent higher, because it is a seven-star rated home. Bank Australia will later extend the benefits of the loan to existing homes to finance green home improvements, with solar plus batteries being expected to be the major contributor to achieving a seven-star rating. There is an increased focus from home buyers on energy efficiency and sustainability features in their homes. Green home loans will help create new demand for lower emissions housing. Along with lower ongoing energy costs for home owners, home builders will need to meet the market expectation [...]

Discounted Green home loans for energy efficient homes.2020-12-02T09:46:05+11:00

Energy Efficient Features can add up to 10% to the value of your home.


A study undertaken by the Sustainable Building Research Centre at the University of Wollongong has shown that homes built with a higher energy efficiency rating can bring increased capital gains and higher sales figures of up to 10% more. The Nationwide Housing Energy Ratings Scheme (NatHERS) rates the energy efficiency of homes based on their design and energy-saving features such as solar panels, batteries, insulation, double glazed windows, draught sealing, efficient heating, and orientation of rooms.   A house with a NatHERS rating of 7 stars could expect to sell for 10 per cent more than a comparable house with a lower rating of 3 stars. There are several ways to achieve a seven-star efficiency rating such as high levels of insulation, solar hot water and energy efficient air conditioning, but solar plus batteries is expected to play a major part in achieving a minimum seven-star rating. There is no current energy efficiency rating scheme for existing buildings, however the results from a survey undertaken by Energy Consumer Australia in Dec 2019 shows that more than half of all consumers want a mandatory labelling scheme disclosing the energy efficiency of homes.

Energy Efficient Features can add up to 10% to the value of your home.2020-12-02T09:48:25+11:00

Are solar batteries cost effective? The verdict is in!


There’s a lot of noise around about whether it makes financial sense to install home batteries or not. Many installers are discouraging customers from installing batteries, even though consumer interest in self-storage has increased dramatically over the last year. The Pfitzner family from the Sydney suburb of Kellyville Ridge was the first home in the world to have a Tesla Powerwall (6.4 kWh) battery installed four years ago, and there was much conjecture from industry about whether it would be worth it or not. Four years later, and the family has revealed that they pay 46 cents per day (on average) to run their four-bedroom home, which includes all the usual appliances plus air conditioning and a pool. Their quarterly bills reduced from $572.29 to just $45.16 (a reduction of 92 per cent) equating to a saving of over $8,400 over the last 4 years. Their overall electricity costs over the last 4 years has amazingly been just $677.34, which is even more impressive when you consider that power prices are increasing by 10 to 15 per cent per annum on average. The family also stated that with the software apps that come with the battery system, they can track their energy consumption resulting in them being able to modify their usage patterns to [...]

Are solar batteries cost effective? The verdict is in!2020-12-02T09:53:28+11:00

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