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

2021-03-01T11:41:59+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.2021-03-01T11:41:59+11:00

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

2020-12-02T08:51:24+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 years2020-12-02T08:51:24+11:00

Why Dyness? Comparison Chart

2021-02-08T17:00:06+11:00

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?

2020-12-02T08:55:48+11:00

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?2020-12-02T08:55:48+11:00

Arrange your own installer

2020-12-02T09:00:43+11:00

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 Hybrid Energy Concepts Kyle Burnell 0424 601 838 kyle@hybridenergyconcepts.com Illawarra/South Coast/ACT/South & Western Sydney Major Electrics Charlie Portelli 0408 407 473 c_portelli@optusnet.com.au Sydney Metro Arc Electrical Services Alex Calmy 0410 055 310 info@arccleanenergy.com.au Perth Metro and surrounding regions Greenway Electrical Services Simon [...]

Arrange your own installer2020-12-02T09:00:43+11:00

Energy Australia urges federal government to focus on batteries.

2020-12-02T09:06:49+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.2020-12-02T09:06:49+11:00

Supporting Home Builders

2020-12-03T00:08:23+11:00

There is an increased focus from home buyers on energy efficiency and sustainability features in their homes.  The main drivers for this increased focus could be social awareness, financial benefits, energy independence and more. There is a growing demand from new home buyers in Australia for the new home building industry to offer lower emission homes with lower ongoing energy costs.  This is driving the expectation that new homes built in Australia be designed with high energy efficiency ratings of a minimum of 7 stars.  This 7-star rating would provide the homeowners with at least 3 distinct benefits: They would qualify for a green home loan securing them a 0.4 % discount on their home loan rates from participating banks, for a period of 5 years. The resale value of their homes would attract a 10% premium compared to a comparable house that did not have the same high efficiency rating. Ongoing reduced energy consumption costs. Home builders could become market leaders by offering high efficiency homes that meet the market’s growing expectations.  Home builders could offer 7 star rated versions for their range of homes, or even make all their homes 7 star rated, to gain a competitive advantage in the domestic building industry. There are several ways to achieve a seven-star efficiency [...]

Supporting Home Builders2020-12-03T00:08:23+11:00

Get a battery for your RV

2021-01-12T16:38:38+11:00

There is a growing trend in the Recreational Vehicle (RV) market (ie caravans, motorhomes, campervans and camper trailers) to replace the traditional lead-acid batteries with new lithium batteries (Lithium Ion Phosphate - LiFePO4). There are several reasons for this: 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 LiFePO4 lithium RV 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 lithium 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. High Efficiency - LiFePO4 lithium batteries are generally >95% efficient whereas lead-acid or AGM batteries range between 80% to 85% efficiency. 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 [...]

Get a battery for your RV2021-01-12T16:38:38+11:00

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

2020-12-02T09:35:15+11:00

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

2020-12-02T09:38:58+11:00

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

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