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Why doesn’t my electricity retailer give me a 15c solar feed-in tariff?

February 20, 2017
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Having just updated our article detailing the solar feed-in tariffs on offer in each state and territory, we thought it would be a good time to discuss the realities of solar feed-in tariffs in 2017. We’ll look at two questions: Why don’t retailers offer higher rates? And: Does it matter if feed-in tariff rates are […]

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The heat wave sent spot market prices soaring: What does it mean for solar?

February 13, 2017
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Wholesale electricity prices on Australia’s eastern seaboard went through the roof this past weekend as homes as businesses pumped their air conditioners in an attempt to stave off the brutal and unprecedented summer heat. What are the implications of high spot prices for solar PV systems large and small in Australia? High temperatures –> high […]

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Looking beyond solar feed-in tariffs: How to pick an electricity retailer

February 8, 2017

When solar system owners shop around for an electricity retailer, the first thing they tend to look at is the solar feed-in tariff rate that the retailer offers. The fact is, however, that solar feed-in tariffs are no longer as important as they once were – so what else should solar system owners look for in […]

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Tesla’s Powerwall 2 in Australia: Advice for shoppers

February 7, 2017
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Tesla leapfrogged its competitors last year with the announcement of its new generation of battery storage product: Powerwall 2. Tesla’s Powerwall 2 is a more powerful and sophisticated version of the company’s original Powerwall, which itself set a benchmark in Australia for both battery storage pricing and performance. It’s on sale for roughly the same […]

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Solar battery storage in Melbourne, Vic: Compare prices & installers

February 5, 2017
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As prices fall, a growing number of Melbourne households are becoming interested in installing battery storage for solar energy. It is now possible to compare battery storage installers and prices in Melbourne by requesting a Battery Storage Quote Comparison from Solar Choice. What else do Melbourne homeowners need to consider before deciding on an installer and […]

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Solar-plus-storage: How much battery capacity do you need?

January 20, 2017
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Lots of Solar Choice customers ask about battery storage for solar power, but not many have a clear idea of how much battery capacity they need. This article takes a look at the factors that come into play when considering how to choose the right amount of battery capacity for your solar-plus-storage system. How much energy independence […]

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Solar battery storage in Canberra, ACT

January 7, 2017
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Battery storage for residential solar energy is becoming increasingly popular in Australia – including in Canberra, ACT. If you’re a Canberra resident looking to install a battery storage system for your home, what are the main things that you need to consider? Solar Choice has developed a number of large-scale solar projects in the ACT, […]

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Let’s talk about ‘energy throughput’: Should it replace battery ‘cycle life’?

December 5, 2016
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Australians households are fairly solar-savvy lot. With a solar panel for every human being in the country, Australia is a world leader in solar uptake, and there’s tons of information online about how to shop for solar (Solar Choice is one case in point). It wouldn’t take anyone too long to learn to talk meaningfully in […]

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What’s a partial off-grid solar-plus-storage system?

November 30, 2016
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Going partially off the grid is a smart alternative for homes who want to become completely energy self-sufficient. A partial off-grid solar system is one that runs a few essential electrical loads – for example, the refrigerator, lights and television – on a separate electrical circuit that has no physical connection to the grid mains. […]

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Power vs energy in home battery storage systems

November 29, 2016
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Different battery storage products have different specifications and capabilities, making them better or less well-suited for various applications. In this article we’ll talk about ‘power batteries’ vs ‘energy batteries’ – two terms that are sometimes used to describe battery products. Power batteries Power is a term generally used describe instantaneous electrical output. You can think […]

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Kilowatts vs kilowatt-hours in solar power & battery storage: Power, energy or capacity?

November 28, 2016
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If you’re shopping around for solar panels or a battery storage for your home, you’re undoubtedly come across the terms ‘kilowatt’ (abbreviated as kW) and kilowatt-hour (kWh). These terms might be a bit confusing at first, so we’ve written this article to explain these terms and make them easy to understand. Power vs energy (vs capacity) When […]

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Why depth of discharge matters in solar battery storage system selection

November 23, 2016
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Depth of discharge (DoD) is one of the key figures to keep in mind when selecting batteries for a solar energy system. What is depth of discharge and how should it play into your choice of batteries? What is depth of discharge? The term ‘depth of discharge’ is fairly self-explanatory – it describes the degree […]

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Can you go off the grid with a 10kW solar system plus battery storage?

November 22, 2016
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We previously wrote an article about the feasibility of an Australian home going off-grid with a 3kW solar system – quite a small system size for such an ambitious endeavour. In this article, we’ll look at the case for going off-grid with a 10kW solar system – the unofficial upper limit for residential solar system […]

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Solar energy self-consumption explained

November 18, 2016
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When it comes to solar power in Australia, lots of things have changed in the last few years. If you’re currently shopping around for a solar system, perhaps the most important thing you need to keep in mind is this: You’ll get the most out of your solar panels by consuming the energy they produce while it […]

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BYD’s B-Box: Battery storage from the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer

November 14, 2016
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BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, and has a long history in the production of batteries for a range of other applications as well. The company’s signature battery bank product is the B-Box, which is set to rival competitors on both price and quality. This article takes a look at BYD’s B-Box […]

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Solar and battery energy storage in Perth, WA

November 11, 2016
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Approximately 25-30% of the homes in the Perth area have solar PV systems on their roofs according to the APVI – many of these households are interested in installing a battery storage system as well. This article takes a look at the basics of battery storage for residential solar systems in and around Perth, WA. […]

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Solar battery storage in Sydney: Compare prices & options

November 9, 2016
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Solar battery storage is becoming an increasingly attractive and viable option for homes in Sydney, NSW. Fortunately, you can now compare battery storage options & prices from solar installers in Sydney with Solar Choice’s Battery Storage Quote Comparisons. What else do you need to know to make a decision about energy storage in Sydney? Getting […]

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‘No more energy bills’ with solar? Buyer beware

November 3, 2016
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“Eliminate your energy bills!” is a phrase – frequently used in solar sales pitches – that Australian consumers should greet with a high degree of scepticism. If someone is making a promise that sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is. Let’s shed a bit of light on these claims so that you’ll know […]

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Are you a home battery storage early adopter?

October 26, 2016
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The age of grid-connected home battery storage is upon us. While battery price points aren’t yet low enough for us to start seeing mass uptake, they are low enough to be attractive for a disparate group of people lumped into the category of ‘early adopters’. Early adopters of home battery storage systems may come from […]

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LG Chem’s range of battery storage banks in Australia

October 25, 2016
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LG Chem is one of the clear leaders in Australia’s burgeoning home battery storage market. The company’s RESU lithium battery made a big splash when it was introduced last year as an affordable, high-quality competitor with Telsa’s much vaunted Powerwall. LG Chem has not rested on its laurels, however, having already introduced the next generation of […]

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At what point will home battery storage become a ‘no brainer’ investment?

October 24, 2016
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Home battery storage prices are coming down, bringing this increasingly sought-after technology closer to mass affordability. Early adopters are already getting their batteries installed around the country, and it’s only a matter of time before more solar homes begin following suit. How much further do battery storage prices need to drop before they make pure financial […]

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NSW Solar Bonus Scheme feed-in tariffs end this year: What are your options?

October 20, 2016
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On December 31 2016, recipients of NSW Solar Bonus Scheme will cease to receive bill credits for their exported solar energy. The Solar Bonus Scheme (which closed to new applications in 2011) offered 60c per kilowatt-hour or 20c/kWh, depending on the signup date. Once the scheme ends, these rates will drop significantly, to as low as low […]

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Home battery backup keeps bubs’ milk cold during Vic blackout

October 19, 2016
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A Melbourne couple who last year installed battery storage at their home in the Dandenongs to maximise solar self-consumption was kept in power last week when savage winds swept the eastern part of the state, causing outages to tens of thousands of homes. According to Selectronic, who made and supplied the Selby system’s SP PRO […]

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Choosing the best battery size for your energy consumption habits

October 18, 2016
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Each household uses different amounts of electricity in different patterns throughout the day. Understanding consumption patterns can help in determining the best solar system and battery bank size for a home. In this article we take a look a few examples of how system size interacts with consumption patterns. Home consumption patterns: A rough guide Household electricity […]

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Are flow batteries the future of home energy storage? Q&A with Redflow’s Simon Hackett

October 17, 2016
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Redflow’s ZCell is one of the most is one of the most in-demand battery storage products on the Australian market; it also stands out for being one of the only ‘flow batteries‘ currently available. Solar Choice had the opportunity to catch up with Redflow CEO Simon Hackett about the role of flow batteries (and the […]

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Should you get battery storage? Advice from three experts

October 13, 2016

Should you get battery storage for your home? And if you do, what should you get? Opinions differ, but there is plenty of good advice out there. Here are three different expert points of view. 1. The energy analyst: Energeia As a specialist energy market researcher, Energeia falls into the category of ‘very few households […]

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What’s the best solar panel orientation for home battery charging?

October 13, 2016
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We know that the tilt and orientation of your solar panels can make a difference when it comes to solar PV system energy yields, but what impact do these factors have when you use your solar panels to charge a battery bank? We’ve taken a look in this article. There are numerous factors that need to […]

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Can your home solar batteries be recycled?

October 12, 2016

Battery storage system numbers are expected to skyrocket in Australia in the coming years. But despite their association with clean energy and as a key facilitator of renewables, the environmental-friendliness of batteries ultimately depends in large part on their ability to be broken down and recycled. We caught up with two experts to get their […]

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Solar energy battery storage in Brisbane: Compare installers & prices

October 11, 2016
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Interest in battery storage for solar energy among Brisbane residents has skyrocketed in the last year, with Solar Choice reporting a 90% increase increase in battery-related traffic between 2015 and 2016. What are the benefits of installing batteries for Brisbane residents, and what are the key questions to ask for households considering a home energy […]

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Urth Energy announces solar feed-in tariff based on wholesale spot market price

October 10, 2016
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Electricity retailer Urth Energy has announced a retail electricity plan that allows solar system owners to sell their surplus solar energy at wholesale rates on the National Electricity Market (NEM). The Urth Trader plan is unlike anything else available in Australia in that the feed-in rates will fluctuate every half hour, allowing customers to take […]

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Demand tariffs could save Aussie consumers over 10% per year on electricity: Report

October 5, 2016

The introduction of demand-based network tariffs could save Australian consumers more than 10 per cent a year on their electricity bills and achieve broader economic benefits of $1.8 billion, a new report has found. The report, by energy consultancy Energeia, also found that if networks were to tap distributed energy resources (DER) customers, buying grid […]

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