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


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.


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


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. 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


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


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

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


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

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


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

Why Dyness? Comparison Chart


Recommended Retail Price per kWh including inverter Dyness $766 Tesla     $1090 Dyness batteries consistently out perform the competition. Manufacturer Dyness LG Chem Tesla Sonnen Model Powerbox RESU Series Powerwall 2 Sonnenbattterie hybrid Type Lithium Battery System 48V Lithium Battery System 48V AC Lithium Battery System Lithium Battery System 48V Dimensions 928 (H) 555 (W) 210 (D)  483 (H) 452 (W) 227 (D) (9.8 kWh) 1150 (H) 755 (W) 155 (D) 1370 (H) 670 (W) 230 (D) (10 kWh) Solar Storage YES (requires inverter) YES (requires inverter) YES (built-in AC coupled inverter) YES (built-in hybrid inverter) Backup During Outage YES (requires inverter) YES (requires inverter) YES (requires Tesla Gateway) YES Off-Grid Capability YES YES NO YES CEC Accredited YES YES YES YES Solar Battery Rebate Approved YES YES YES YES Modular System - can be expanded YES NO NO YES Modular Expansion Increments 2.4kWh increments N/A N/A 2.5kWh increments Minimum Battery Size  2.4kWh  3.3kWh 13.5kWh 5kWh Battery Size Options Max capacity of Powerbox - 9.6kWh Max capacity with Powercube - 21.6kWh  Fixed sizes of 3.3kWh, 6.5kWh, 9.8kWh, 12.4kWh Fixed 13.5kWh 5 kWh Capacity Expansion Limitations Powerbox - max of 4 cabinets (38.4kWh) Powercube - no limits Max of 2 units (19.6kWh) Max of 3 units (40.5kWh) Max of 3 cabinets [...]

Why Dyness? Comparison Chart2021-02-08T17:00:06+11:00

What size battery do I need?


How to determine the amount of solar battery storage for your home? Easy, get your most recent winter bill and see how much solar power you exported. This usually shown on your bill as ‘solar exports’ or ‘feed-in value’ and expressed in kWh. Divide this number by the number of days in that billing period, which gives your final value. The final value is the amount you exported to the grid i.e. did not consume within your household. Important, do not install a large solar battery storage system than what you can fill with the excess power – don’t over invest, unless you’re considering future requirements, such as additional solar panels, going off grid…etc Solar Battery sizing table: Daily winter export to grid in kWh Recommended Battery Size Between 2 kWh and 4 kWh 4.8 kWh Between 4 kWh and 7 kWh 7.2 kWh Between 7 kWh and 10 kWh 9.6 kWh Between 10 kWh and 12 kWh 12.0 kWh Between 12 kWh and 14 kWh 14.4 kWh Greater than 14 kWh 16.8 kWh How does it work? Review at your last mid-winter electricity bill to determine your existing daily solar system export to the grid in kWh. Select the [...]

What size battery do I need?2022-11-17T11:47:19+11:00

Arrange your own installer


By purchasing the solar battery package from us as you will save a considerable amount of money as you will be buying directly from the importer, however you will need to arrange your own installer.  We are happy to recommend our preferred installers listed below for their respective regions, as they have been trained by both the Dyness and Lux Power factory technical teams in China and hence are very competent with our products. However, you could request quotes from any CEC accredited battery installer listed in your area on the CEC website. Finding an installer. Installation costs can vary depending on the type of house (ie brick vs weatherboard) and location of the battery relative to the meter board, however most installations should cost between $1,500 and $2,500 with additional costs expected if a switchboard upgrade is required.  Your installer can provide you a fixed quote and advise you if any upgrades are required. List of preferred battery installers: Installer Contact Name Phone Number Email Regions Serviced SJ Power Shae Jarvis 0416 809 676 Sydney Metro Major Electrics Charlie Portelli 0408 407 473 Sydney Metro Arc Electrical Services Alex Calmy 0410 055 310 Perth Metro and surrounding regions Greenway Electrical Services Simon Greenway 0439 419 247 [...]

Arrange your own installer2023-12-11T12:48:58+11:00

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