Solar Power & Batteries Northern Beaches Showroom

Local Solar & Battery Showroom – Now Open!  Largest range of Smart Solar Systems and Solar Battery Storage.  See the solar panels and batteries you are considering installing. Try out the SolarEdge monitoring system that lets you view your panel performance individually and get a real feel for your solar power generation and consumption.

LG 335 NeON2 solar panels, REC 275W solar panels, SolarEdge 300W Optimised Smart Panels | SolarEdge optimised inverters, Fronius string inverter | Telsa Powerwall 2 storage battery, sonnenbatterie, LG ChemRESU, VARTA | installation equipment, monitoring and more…

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High Power Generation Solar Panels

Want to generate a large amount of solar power from a small amount of panels?

LG NeON 2 335W and LG NeON R 360W are a similar physical size to many conventional 260W to 275W panels. You are getting respectively around 22% and 40% more electricity per square metre than the same size lower watt panel. With LG you also get a 25yr product warranty on the panels which is 15 years longer than the industry standard. Some people choose the LG panels to ensure they get maximum power even though they have a large amount of roof space available. They have done the maths and while the initial outlay is more, in terms of power bill savings, they have decided it’s worth it.

Solar panels for small roof spaces

For others, with small or difficult roof aspects these panels have made the difference between getting solar and not. When you use them with a SolarEdge inverter you are pretty much at optimum energy efficiency.  A SolarEdge system can generate up to 25% more solar power than a traditional string inverter.  It is particularly beneficial where it is only possible to fit a small amount of panels on different roof aspects.  The SolarEdge system makes it possible to split solar arrays between more than two roof aspects and ensures each panel delivers its maximum power irrespective of whether other panels in the solar array aren’t.

Innovation and Custom System Design

Of course, for home owners or businesses with a lot of roof space available the REC 275W solar panels are good quality and value for money. Let us design a system that suits your needs, roof and budget. We have been specialising in innovative, custom system design for 10 years.

How Solar Storage Batteries Make Money

Start thinking about making real money from solar – remember the benefits from high feed-in tariffs?! Solar storage batteries do much more than keep the lights on at night.  Used smartly as part of a ‘Home Energy System’  (Solar Panels, Battery and Appliances all working together) they can not only reduce your electricity bills but be a powerful addition to our electricity grid.

Yes, you save money by charging the battery during daylight and discharging later in the day – using more of your own energy and load-shifting. Your ‘Home Energy System’ or ‘Mini Power Station’ can do a lot more.

Making Money Using Solar Storage Battery Systems

We are often asked if home and small business generators of solar power will ever make money from it as was possible with high feed-in tariffs.  The answer is yes.  The amount of money is uncertain, but there are opportunities opening up and there could be more. Virtual (renewable energy) Power Plants already exist and are increasing.  Here are some things to consider:

Sell Home Solar Power to Energy Companies

The wholesale price of electricity goes up when demand is high.  This often happens within seconds and is called spiking. To remain profitable many of our power stations only run when prices ‘spike’.  It’s happening within seconds and the money involved is high. They need power sources that are fast to start-up.  Well set-up home solar/battery systems can switch to ‘export mode’ quicker than gas, diesel and hydro.  Progressive energy companies are already buying solar from people with solar storage systems rather than just from power stations.  This is only going to increase and become more competitive in prices that are offered.

Be Paid to Reduce Consumption at Peak Times

Companies that manufacture and maintain Electricity Poles and Wires have to ensure they don’t overload and melt during peak electricity generation times.  This is very costly for them and they have begun to offer money to customers who reduce consumption at peak times.  This is precisely what solar storage batteries can do and is another revenue source for people with solar and battery systems.  A smart home solar storage system can also push energy back up the electricity wire to keep it cool. This is only the beginning!

Become Part of Australia’s ‘Ancillary Market’

Power stations that are capable of rapidly detecting and correcting frequency deviations between electricity generation and customer use are part of an Ancillary Market.  They are extremely important to our electricity system because if the amount of electricity being pushed into the system is out of balance with the amount of energy consumers take out a ‘black-out’ can occur. These power stations detect and correct in seconds.  A smart solar storage battery system is very, very good at detecting these frequency deviations and responding rapidly.  They could provide a more reliable, balanced grid using renewable energy.

 

To fully benefit from the possibilities with your solar storage system relies on good optimisation software.  This is where it is important to select the correct storage battery and system size and where Solarpro experts can help.  We do not use the word experts lightly.  We have been through assessment, training and accreditation by the World’s best solar storage battery manufacturers including sonnen and Tesla. Talk to us about installing a smart ‘Home Energy System’ in your home or business.  We have a wide range of options to suit all needs and budgets.  We typically provide Three Quote options.

The home in the photograph is using the very smart, World leading, sonnenBatterie recently installed by Solarpro as part of its Home Energy System.

Solar Reducing Costs for Business

Almost every business in NSW could reduce their costs with solar. We specialise in solar for businesses who lease their premises.

The benefit of solar differs from a return on investment perspective from business to business. Even if you have a good deal with your energy retailer or you are leasing premises, there is likely to be an opportunity to leverage solar power to reduce your power bill. Let us show you how much you could save while making a positive contribution to a shift to renewable energy. We are a small business renting premises ourselves and are currently getting solar panels installed and showing our business park neighbours what they can save.

Over 2 million households have led the way by installing solar to offset their residential power bills and contribute to the generation of clean energy. There are large savings to be had for businesses. Including loans, tax benefits, government and other incentives. We design solar power systems with storage batteries if required.

Solar System Design

Whatever the shape or material your roof is made from you may be able to have a productive solar system. Optimised systems like SolarEdge have enabled greater design options. For example, we can use different roof aspects without reducing the amount of solar power. The same is true for managing shade from chimneys or trees on one or more panel. The ability to run from East to West rather than just placing panels on a North facing roof helps to give a more consistent production of solar power throughout the day, rather than peaking at mid-day when you perhaps don’t need it.

Then there are the solar panels we choose to use e.g., LG NeOn solar panels that produce the same amount of solar energy as their larger counterparts. Meaning either less panels need to be used or we can fit a powerful panel in a position that wouldn’t be big enough for a larger panel with the same solar output.

Finally, there are the fittings that are used. Using top quality fittings and having relationships with manufacturers enable us to find innovative solutions where others may just see problems.

For home or businesses either give us a call or learn more from our web site.

High electricity prices – latest report

A recent report on Austalia’s wholesale electricity market predicts that higher prices are the “new normal”.  The report from the Grattan Institute* calls on the Government to encourage investment in low emissions power like solar energy.  If the report is correct, homes and businesses that look to solar power systems and battery storage for energy will beat high wholesale electricity prices by generating their own.

Why higher wholesale electricity prices are here to stay

Across Australia’s National Energy Market (NEM) wholesale electricity prices rose by 130% between 2015 and 2017.

The value of electricity traded in the NEM more than doubled from $8 to $18 billion. In 2017, household bills increased up to 20%.

The report concludes there have been three main reasons for the upward trend in wholesale electricity prices:

  1. The closure of two large and ageing coal fired power stations. South Australia’s Northern closed in 2016  and Victoria’s Hazelwood closed in 2017.
  2. Prices of key inputs like gas and black coal rose just as more generation was required to balance closures.
  3. Energy generators ‘gaming’ the system by creating artificial scarcity of supply in concentrated markets. (This occurs in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria but has not appeared in NSW)

The report recommends governments to provide stable energy and climate change policies.  It says keeping ageing coal-fired power stations open is not the solution even though two large closures in the last couple of years have contributed to the upward trend in prices.  Instead it says investment in renewable energy should be encouraged.  Clear investment incentives should exist during times of low energy supply and rising prices. Australian households and businesses would subsequently get reliable low-cost, low-emissions electricity.

SonnenFlat capped electricity prices

Solarpro is advising prospective customers not only to invest in battery storage but to specifically consider the sonnen battery because it gives access to sonnenFlat which is a effectively a solar community electricity retailer.  When you join sonnenFlat you no longer receive an electricity bill and your costs are capped at $30 or $50 a month for average homes and there are larger options for businesses.  Learn more…

*The Grattan Institute is an Australian public policy think tank, established in 2008. The Melbourne-based institute is non-aligned, however it defines itself as contributing “to public policy in Australia as a liberal democracy in a globalised economy.”

 

Business beats the electricity grid

This Cafe is beating the electricity grid using Jinko 260W SolarEdge embedded Smart panels, which produce up to 25% more power than other solar systems. Unlike other panels, these panels produce maximum power all the time.

As the sun moves across the sky the SolarEdge inverter enables every panel to provide maximum energy to the system even when other panels are in shade.  Other solar systems are unable to do this without retrofitting additional technology.

Businesses can achieve further benefits by installing solar batteries. The new lithium-ion batteries are compact and affordable.  The batteries provide flexibility for businesses to use solar power at night or during peak times.

Tesla Powerwall is at the forefront of compact solar batteries and presents business owners with the opportunity to take complete control of their energy needs day or night.  Further information…