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Is home solar battery storage worth it? (Jan 2018 update)

January 18, 2018
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Since 2015 Australians have been talking about home battery storage being on the cusp of financial viability. Are home batteries worth the investment in 2018? We’ve crunched the number for all of Australia’s capital cities to find out. This article was originally published in February 2017. We then had an August 2017 update, followed by […]

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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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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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The ‘energy awareness factor’ and how it helps households save money

August 17, 2017
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For most of us, for most of our lives, electricity bills and our consumption have both been something of a black box. We know that we get a bill every 1-3 months and get charged for the electricity that we use, but we don’t generally have access to data that would provide us with the […]

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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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Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2017: Roundup

June 20, 2017
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Every June for the last three years I’ve attended the Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition in Sydney. This year the event took place on 14-15th at Sydney’s new Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICC Sydney) in Darling Harbour. It was held concomitantly with the Renewable Cities conference. As in the style of previous years (e.g. 2015 […]

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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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Integrated solar roof tiles cheaper to install than regular roof, says Musk

November 23, 2016
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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has suggested his newly launched integrated solar roof tiles could actually cost less to install than a regular roof – making the renewable electricity they produce “just a bonus”. Musk made the claim last Thursday, just minutes – according to Bloomberg – after Tesla and SolarCity shareholders voted in […]

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How Trump could be great for battery storage

November 16, 2016
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Deutsche Bank has described the global battery market as being at an inflection point, with global consumption expected to treble from 70Gwh in 2015 to 210GWh by 2018, and then more than double again to 535GWh by 2025. The report, published on Thursday, said falling costs of technology – and particularly in the case of […]

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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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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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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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Advice for shopping for the Tesla Powerwall in Australia

October 4, 2016
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Tesla’s Powerwall is the most sought-after home battery storage device in Australia, thanks in great part to its association with American electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors and its visionary chief Elon Musk. The Powerwall not only represents ‘a piece of Tesla’ – containing the same type of batteries as those inside the company’s high-end sports […]

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Three-year trial will pit 8x lithium battery products against one another

August 18, 2016
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A three-year battery storage trial that will test eight leading technologies under Australian conditions was officially launched in the ACT on Wednesday, at the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Bruce Campus. Over the course of the trial, which is being conducted by ITP Renewables, lithium-ion battery chemistries and products will be tested and compared against claims […]

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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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How interest in home battery storage has grown in Australia (proof in charts)

July 28, 2016
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There are only so many ways to start writing an article with some variation of ‘interest in battery storage in Australia is growing rapidly’ without repeating yourself, but that’s exactly what I have valiantly attempted to do over the past 1.5 years. Here, I’ve put together some charts that attempt to explain why I’ve felt compelled […]

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Melbourne ‘mini-suburb’ has a Tesla Powerwall in every home (units now on sale!)

July 18, 2016
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Plans for what could be the world’s first “Tesla town” – a mini-suburb on the outskirts of the Melbourne CBD whose new-build homes will include rooftop solar and Tesla battery storage – are being unveiled by local property group Glenvill, as the green development’s first 60 homes went on sale last week. The new 16.46 […]

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ACT government receives 17 ‘extremely competitive’ bids in battery storage program

July 12, 2016
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Round two of the ACT government’s battery storage tender has attracted a total of 17 bids from local and national businesses proposing to install more than 8MW of energy storage. The funding round, which will see up to $2 million allocated across five companies for the installation of 2MW of solar storage in Canberra, is […]

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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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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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2nd round of ACT government tender will bring solar + battery storage to 600 Canberra homes

May 30, 2016
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The ACT government has announced that it will target around 600 Canberra homes and businesses in the second round of its battery storage tender. The new funding round will make $2 million available, which ACT environment and energy minister Simon Corbell says should result in about 2MW of battery storage capacity. It is part of […]

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Who needs batteries? How SolarImmersion puts your excess solar energy to work

May 25, 2016
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Every day, thousands of Australia’s solar homes send excess solar power into the grid for little or no financial reward. SolarImmersion is a simple gadget that puts surplus solar energy to better use – by diverting it into your hot water tank. Is your solar system living up to its full potential? These days, getting […]

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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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Redflow’s ZCell: An Aussie-made ‘flow battery’ for homes

April 4, 2016
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Australian energy storage company Redflow has launched its 10kWh household battery storage offering the “ZCell”, pitting it against Tesla and other high profile international brand names in what is expected to be the first mass market for battery storage in the world. The ZCell will sell for between $17,500 and $19,500 – more expensive than competitors, […]

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Fronius offering $2,000 rebate for homes to upgrade to 3-phase connection

March 31, 2016
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Inverter manufacturer Fronius are offering an interesting rebate for homes who opt to install one of the company’s two energy storage packages. Until 30 June 2016, the company will cover most of the cost of upgrading from a single-phase electrical connection to a 3-phase connection (in the form of a $2,000 rebate) for anyone who purchases […]

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Tesla’s Powerwall in Melbourne, Vic: Compare prices

March 21, 2016
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Melbourne remains one of Australia’s top spots for rooftop solar power. With solar homes receiving only a pittance for their excess energy and the state’s Transitional & Standard Feed-in Tariffs set to expire at the end of this year, thousands of homes will soon be looking into installing home battery storage systems. By far the […]

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What could a federal incentive for home solar battery storage look like?

March 2, 2016
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Strong government incentives paved the way for rooftop solar power to achieve the prominence that it has in Australia. Home battery storage is the next frontier in distributed energy, but battery prices are still too high for most Australian homes to consider installing them purely for financial reasons. A strong incentive regime akin to the […]

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Tesla’s Powerwall in Sydney, NSW: How much, and is it worth it?

March 1, 2016
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Tesla’s Powerwall is the home battery bank that has taken Australia by storm – interest and demand are through the roof for this particular product despite a plethora of other options on the market. What is the price for a fully-installed Tesla Powerwall in Sydney, and is it worth the investment? RELATED: Learn more about […]

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SMA introduces inverter suited for Powerwall retrofits

February 11, 2016
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Inverter manufacturer SMA has introduced a simple but sophisticated inverter that works with Tesla’s Powerwall and other high-voltage battery banks. The company’s new ‘Sunny Boy Storage’ is a single-phase battery inverter that provides a solution for homes who wish to add the Powerwall to an existing solar system without having to replace their inverter. The […]

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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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