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Battery Storage Price Index – January 2018

January 29, 2018
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After some significant additions to our battery pricing database (including some ‘recommended retail price’ (RRP) data from manufacturers), average ‘full’ battery system prices (i.e. including inverter) fell to about $1,580 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), with lows sticking around at $870/kWh. Average ‘battery only’ prices came in at just under $1,000/kWh, while lows were around $700. This […]

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

January 15, 2018
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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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Battery Storage Price Index – November 2017

November 14, 2017
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We’re excited to announce that we have at long last published our first Battery Storage Price Index – a generalised view of what it costs to have a battery storage system installed in Australia. If you’ve done any research into the battery storage market at all, you’ve probably already worked out that batteries are complicated. […]

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How much money can you save with Enphase’s AC Battery?

November 9, 2017
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We recently published an article on the topic of how much money a household could save with a Tesla Powerwall 2. Soon thereafter, we received two separate requests to do a similar analysis for Enphase’s AC Battery – also one of the most popular battery storage offerings available in Australia, but without as much media […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – November 2017

November 7, 2017
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We’ve introduced some major improvements to this month’s Solar PV Price Index. Namely: We’ve added 7kW solar systems to all tables We’ve included in new tables & data for ‘premium’ and ‘microinverter’ system offerings We’ve drawn clearer distinctions between ‘primary’, ‘premium’ and ‘microinverter’ pricing We’ve dropped 1.5kW systems from our data tracking (because so few […]

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Can I add more panels to my existing solar system?

September 18, 2017
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Some of the most common questions we receive at Solar Choice are about adding solar panels to an existing solar PV system. This article takes a look at the situations in which you might want to add panels, and what you need to bear in mind before making a decision. Possible reasons for adding more panels […]

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Retrofitting battery storage in Brisbane: Some example case studies

August 29, 2017
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We recently published an article containing a number of example case studies about retrofitting solar battery storage in Sydney. This time around we’ll be taking a look at the case for retrofitting batteries in sunny Brisbane. In addition to the fact that Brisbane gets more sun, the circumstances around retrofitting batteries in Brisbane – and […]

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Sunwiz survey reveals ranking of battery manufacturers by quality & brand recognition

August 28, 2017
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When it comes to energy storage, Australia has captured the world’s attention and is a testing ground for battery products and sales strategies that will ultimately be rolled out across the world. SunWiz is currently conducting research that will assist in accelerating the battery market, by helping companies understand the market, successful sales strategies, and […]

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Retrofitting battery storage in Sydney: Some example case studies

July 6, 2017
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You are a solar PV system owner who is now considering adding battery storage. The options you have depend on a number of factors, and there are a range of situations that warrant different approaches – and have different outcomes. In this article we take a look at some example situations that solar system owners […]

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7 good reasons to install battery storage now

June 28, 2017
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There are now dozens of home battery storage product options to choose from on the Australian market. Prices are coming down quickly, and as electricity prices rise (as they are set to do in most states) batteries are beginning to look quite attractive. As a counterweight to our article about reasons to wait to install […]

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Battery storage: Retrofit or new build with solar?

May 29, 2017
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If you’re considering installing battery storage for your grid-connected home, you probably find yourself in one of two situations: You’ve already got a solar PV system on your roof and want to add batteries to it (possibly with the addition of a few more solar panels), or You don’t have solar yet, so you’re going to install both […]

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Microinverters: Are they right for your solar system?

April 18, 2017
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As the name suggests, microinverters are small inverters for use in solar PV systems, usually installed at a ratio of one per solar panel. By contrast, most solar PV systems in Australia have a single, centralised inverter called a string inverter. What are the advantages of having a solar PV system that uses microinverters instead of […]

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A comparison of home energy management systems in Australia

January 26, 2017
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Solar PV systems are already commonplace and affordable in Australia, and battery storage is getting there quickly as well. Increasingly, Australia’s solar homes are looking for ways to maximise the value that solar & storage are able to deliver. Home energy management systems (sometimes referred to as EMSs or HEMS) are fast becoming a popular […]

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Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0: Double the capacity at the same price

November 1, 2016
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Not to be outdone, Tesla has leaped ahead of its competitors with the launch of the next generation of its home battery bank. At 13.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh), the Tesla Powerwall 2.0 will have roughly twice the energy storage capacity of its predecessor (6.4kWh) but will cost roughly the same amount to have installed. Installations for […]

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Enphase says orders for AC Battery up to 70,000 units as NSW Solar Bonus Scheme closure approaches

September 5, 2016
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Enphase Energy says orders for its first battery storage offering have jumped to more than 70,000 units, led by New South Wales households responding to the end of premium feed-in tariffs for their solar installations. US-based Enphase has chosen Australia as the launch-pad for its first battery storage offering, a 1.2kWh modular lithium-ion unit that […]

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Installing a battery bank for a grid-connected home? Smaller is probably better

August 11, 2016
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If you are in a grid-connected home and want to get batteries for your rooftop solar system, you’re probably wondering how much capacity to have installed. Although the ultimate answer comes down to your personal preferences and goals, what about if you’re primarily after a good return on your investment? In this article we’ve endeavoured […]

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Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2016 roundup

June 6, 2016
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The Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2016 was held in the Australian Technology Park in Sydney last week. In addition to being a networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity, the event provided a snapshot into Australia’s evolving energy storage industry. Here we’ve summed up the main themes that kept popping up and the key points that we took […]

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Solar Choice visits one of the first Tesla Powerwall installations in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

May 19, 2016
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Tesla’s Powerwall is the most well-known of the rapidly growing list of home battery storage devices in Australia which includes the likes of LG, Enphase, Aquion and a host of other cool technologies. The nominal 7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery bank – designed and manufactured by the USA’s Tesla Motors – made a huge splash in the […]

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GCL Poly launches multi-colour battery storage solution for Aus market

May 6, 2016
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The world’s biggest supplier of silicon and solar cells, GCL Poly, has launched its new battery storage product onto the Australian market, taking on Tesla, LG, Enphase and a host of other international and local competitors. CEO Shu Hua said battery storage was an essential part of the energy revolution that had been caused by rooftop […]

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Battery prices will drop 50% by 2020: Enphase

March 29, 2016

US inverter maker Enphase has predicted that battery storage costs and prices will halve by 2020, as it prepares to launch its first product onto the Australian market. Enphase on Tuesday unveiled its new R&D facility in New Zealand, which will drive further improvements in its battery storage and micro inverter technology, and enable it […]

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ABC’s ‘Catalyst’ airs episode the rise of home battery storage

February 4, 2016
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Earlier this week the ABC’s Catalyst aired an episode on the topic of how battery storage can support renewable energy generation. The episode, ‘Battery Powered Homes‘, marks the latest instance of Australia’s media coverage of the dramatic changes currently afoot in Australia’s energy sector. Describing batteries as a ‘disruptive technology’ offering ‘every home the potential […]

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A look back at 2015: The year Australia talked (a lot) about solar battery storage

December 23, 2015
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With 2016 slated to be ‘the year of the battery‘, we could look back on 2015 as ‘the year of talking about the battery’. While the past 12 months were certainly eventful for a number of other reasons, home energy storage was one of the dominant themes in the conversation – even as residential solar […]

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Why Australia is fertile ground for home battery storage (Q&A with Enphase cofounder Raghu Belur – Part 3)

December 2, 2015
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Solar Choice: Enphase is known mainly for its world-leading microinverters. What spurred the company to get involved in the energy storage market, and why did it choose Australia as the launching ground for its AC Battery? Raghu Belur: If you notice, we are not called ‘Enphase Solar’ – we are called ‘Enphase Energy’. When industries […]

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Home solar in Australia: To grid or not to grid? (Q&A with Enphase cofounder Raghu Belur – Part 2)

December 2, 2015
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Solar Choice: Many Australian households talk about ‘going off-grid’. Could the Enphase system help them achieve this goal? What are your thoughts on this desire to cut ties with utilities / retailers? Raghu Belur: Technology exists today for people to go off grid if they wish. There’s solar PV, fossil fuel generators, storage, load management, […]

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The evolving role of the solar home on the electricity grid (Interview with Enphase cofounder Raghu Belur – Part 1)

December 2, 2015
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I had the opportunity to catch up with Enphase Energy co-founder Raghu Belur at Australian Utility Week following a panel discussion about distributed renewable energy integration in which he took part. The panel conversation focused heavily on forward-thinking approaches to the utility-customer relationship as enabled by distributed generation communication, control and generation technologies – both […]

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The Australian solar home in 2025 (Australian Utility Week Roundup Part 2)

November 26, 2015
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Things are changing fast when it comes to electricity in Australia, and Australian Utility Week 2015 (‘the year of the digital utility’) was a great place to catch a glimpse of the future. Attending the conference as a member of the solar industry, my thoughts gravitated towards what it all meant for homes with solar […]

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Enphase Energy’s ‘AC Battery’: A modular, expandable energy storage solution for Australian homes

November 2, 2015
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Enphase Energy, a US-based energy technology company and the world’s largest manufacturer of microinverters, has recently announced that Australia will be the launching pad for its groundbeaking AC Battery, which will be available next year. The Enphase AC Battery is a modular, expandable energy storage solution worthy of the company that brought microinverter technology into […]

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Federal environment minister: battery storage & off-grid living ‘clearly the future’

October 13, 2015
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Federal environment minister Greg Hunt has repeated his vow to help accelerate the deployment of battery storage in Australia, after describing it as “inevitable” that significant numbers of consumers would leave the grid in coming years. Hunt was asked on ABC TV’s Lateline program on Tuesday – following a segment on a couple in the Blue Mountains […]

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LG’s RESU energy storage solution hits Australian market at competitive price point

July 27, 2015

Another offering has hit the residential energy storage market last week with the launch of a 6.4kWh battery system from South Korean appliance manufacturers LG Chem that approaches the key $1,000/kWh mark. LG Chem’s Residential Energy Storage Unit (RESU) will be made available to consumers in the next few weeks, and follows the release into […]

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AC Solar Warehouse: Specialists in next-generation solar

July 8, 2015
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Formed in 2011, AC Solar Warehouse is a specialist wholesaler of AC solar products and a champion of the use of microinverters and microinverter-integrated solar modules in Australia. The company is Australia’s largest Enphase distributor, and its two co-founders each boast 30+ years of electrical and solar engineering experience between them. What is AC solar? […]

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Solar Choice Commercial brokers 30kW solar array for OMNI Connect in Carrum Downs, VIC

January 15, 2015
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The Solar Choice Commercial team has brokered a 30kW solar system for Victoria’s OMNI Connect. OMNI Connect is a telecommunications carrier and internet service provider based in Carrum Downs. The company approached Solar Choice in mid-may of 2014 searching for a 30kW solar system after having originally sought advice from another installer. Over the course of the […]

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