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

May 21, 2018
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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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Backup power with home solar battery storage: What are your options?

February 7, 2018
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Home battery storage is becoming increasingly popular in Australia, and one of the most in-demand features is backup power, which provides electricity to a home even when the grid is down. In this article we take a look at the main approaches to battery storage that you’ll come across as you shop around for a […]

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I’m (finally) going to live in a solar-powered home

August 15, 2017
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After nearly a decade working in Australia’s solar industry, I’m finally getting in on the action on a personal level. From next week I’m moving to Newcastle and will be living in a home with solar panels on the roof. Moving into a house that’s already got solar is something that must happen a lot. […]

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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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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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Thinking about going off-grid? Keep these points in mind

August 4, 2016
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With the dawn of the age of (nearly) affordable battery storage, more and more Australian homes are considering the possibility of disconnecting from the electricity grid; or the first time, off-grid living looks like it may be feasible virtually anyone – even for urban households. Solar Choice has conducted some desktop analysis into the minimum amount […]

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Ergon publishes 10-point ‘reality check’ list for would-be off-gridders

July 29, 2016
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Queensland utility Ergon energy has decided to address the issue of grid electricity defection by publishing a 10-step guide for consumers considering the idea. Ergon, which doubles as the main network operator and retailer in Queensland and services regional and sometimes remote areas, is likely to be at the forefront of the move to quit […]

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Can you go off-grid with solar and energy storage?

July 20, 2016

These days, almost everyone considering solar and battery storage is wondering if it’s possible to disconnect from the grid altogether; ‘going off-grid’ seems to be all the rage. Just how feasible is it for the average household to go off grid – and is it really worth it? How easy is it to go off-grid with […]

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On grid or off-grid? Some advice for a Solar Choice customer

June 8, 2016
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We were recently in touch with a customer who was deliberating between whether to have his new-build home connected to the grid, or to go off-grid with a solar-plus-storage system. Located in regional Queensland, the customer’s home had no existing grid connection was over half a kilometre away from the nearest distribution lines. With that […]

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In what situations does battery storage already make financial sense?

May 26, 2016
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There is a phenomenal amount of buzz about home battery storage in Australia – it’s a hot topic because of the potential value proposition and the allure of energy independence. But does battery storage yet make sense for Australian homes? Yes, in some circumstances – which we discuss in this article. Some background: Going solar […]

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

March 26, 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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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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New device from Latronics makes solar storage retrofits quick and easy

October 9, 2015
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Australian inverter and power electronics maker Latronic Sunpower has introduced a device that will make it easy for homes and businesses to retroactively install battery storage onto most existing grid-connected solar PV systems. The device, called the Solar Array Transfer Switch (SATS), could potentially be one of the most useful new gadgets in an installer’s toolbox as Australia’s battery […]

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World’s largest off-grid residential solar-plus-storage system installed in Hawaii

June 5, 2015
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The world’s largest private residential solar-plus-storage, off-grid power system was installed last week in Hawaii. The system includes a 170kW solar array and 1MWh of Aqueous Hybrid Ion batteries from US battery developer Aquion Energy and will serve an average load of 23kW and peak load of 42kW (the average load for suburban homes is […]

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Florida woman evicted for off-grid living, while QLD utilities move to encourage it

June 30, 2014
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A Florida woman was served orders to vacate her own home for not being to connected to water or electricity mains, according to OffTheGridNews. The woman, Ms Robin Speronis, made the decision to live as self-sufficiently as possible off the grid after her husband died, relying on solar panels for her electricity and rain for […]

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Magellan Power’s ‘smoothing’ devices for grid-connect solar

November 30, 2013
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When northwestern WA‘s electricity utility Horizon mandated that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems must regulate their power output, one of the first companies with the capacity to offer a viable technological solution to the problem was Magellan Power. The company’s Solar Smoother has enabled solar system installations to continue happening on the Horizon grid, whose relatively […]

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Residential solar PV/energy storage market poised for rapid growth: Lux Research

September 11, 2013

Hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) cum energy storage systems are set to see rapid growth, according to a report by Lux Research, corroborating similar predictions put out by IMS earlier this year. By 2018, the industry could be worth 2.8 billion dollars, Lux says. The energy storage industry–still in its infancy–is expected to benefit substantially from the […]

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$400m to be invested in off-grid renewables by 2018: ARENA

June 12, 2013

Australia’s clean energy investment body–the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced a $400 million fund for off-grid and ‘fringe-of-grid’ communities. The purpose of the fund–in addition to driving investment in renewable energy such as solar power in the remote regions of the country–is to reduce reliance on costly and polluting diesel fuel generation. The program, […]

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SunStation – the fuel station of the future?

August 28, 2012
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New Jersey based Princeton Satellite Systems have unveiled their solar-powered electric vehicle charger, the SunStation. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsVictoria town’s breakthrough deal on network tariffs as it pursues 100% renewables (7 Mar, 2018) Victoria regulator finalises new time-varying tariffs for solar exports (28 Feb, 2018) […]

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Kyocera’s Energy Management System: An integrated battery storage solution

July 19, 2012
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Kyocera has introduced an integrated Energy Management System (EMS) and battery storage solution onto the Japanese market for the summer of 2012. The Kyocera EMS combines Kyocera solar panels with high-capacity lithium-ion storage units from electronics and battery component manufacturer Nichicon. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend […]

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Solar power storage solutions: Beyond batteries

May 30, 2012
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The development of affordable storage solutions for solar power or other renewable energy sources such as wind will change the nature of electricity generation and distribution as we know it. Most people think of wind and solar power storage (usually in the form of batteries) as a technology primarily for use in off-grid/stand-alone solar power systems. However, a […]

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Off-grid solar power system in Sydney’s Western Suburbs

September 27, 2011
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Nev and Linda Sweeney have been living on their 500-square-meter suburban plot in Sydney’s St Clair Suburb since the early 1980s, and have been trying to live sustainably using the resources on their land for almost just as long. Their approach includes innovative energy generation and efficiency strategies (including off-grid as well as grid-connected solar […]

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Using direct current to power devices in off-grid solar PV systems

September 13, 2010

Off-grid solar systems tend to require significantly more caution, care, and maintenance than grid-connected systems, where you can plug in and use any appliance you want without having to think about the consequences. The reason for this is that AC (alternating current, as opposed to DC, direct current) is the electricity flow type of choice in […]

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