Take control and beat the grid with solar storage batteries
Why buy a Solar Storage Battery from Solarpro?
Storing solar power enables you to use your own solar generated electricity whether there is sunlight or not and where needed purchase grid electricity at an off peak rate. The objective is to get you as near to $0 for electricity as possible. We have options to suit different needs and budgets, including sonnenBatterie which gives an option to cap electricity costs through sonnenFlat:
- Solarpro is recognised by leading manufacturers including World market leader sonnen, Tesla and LG Chem as an expert installer of solar storage batteries;
- All our batteries are Virtual Power Plant (VPP) ready;
- Local installation for personalised after sales care;
- All Solarpro batteries are approved under the Clean Energy Council Battery Assurance programme for safety and performance.
sonnenBatterie eco 8
The Sonnen eco is a complete battery system, designed specifically for domestic use and is the World’s most popular lithium iron phosphate home solar battery. It comes with a capped electricity deal and is warranted for 10,000 battery cycles, much more than its competitors.
LG Chem RESU
LG RESU solar batteries are DC coupled making them energy efficient. They require a separate inverter so can’t be added to an existing system. Compatible with Reposit and SolarEdge for integrated monitoring and smart use of your power.
Tesla Powerwall 2
Tesla Powerwall 2 has a capacity of 13kWh making it one of the larger domestic solar batteries currently available. It is AC coupled and can be added to an existing solar system without the need for a solar battery inverter.
Getting the best value for money
Solarpro will take you through the best options for your needs and budget. With solar batteries it is important to ensure the solar system and battery are the correct size for individual needs. The amount of cycles the battery is warrantied for is also very important because the average home battery will do at least one cycle a day. Life expectancy of the battery/warranty, what return on your investment are you getting, can you start small and grow? These are the kind of questions we’ll go through with you to find the right solar battery. For further information Contact Us.
In October 2018, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) launched a Battery Assurance Programme to independently test solar storage batteries to ensure they meet electrical safety and quality standards expected of major home appliances. The batteries we install have all qualified for this programme.
Should I buy a solar battery now or wait?
The quick answer is buy now. Although, solar storage is an evolving technology this should not stop you purchasing. Solarpro stays on top of developments and the batteries we install are innovative and economically viable now. You can play the waiting game forever. The longer you wait the more money you are losing, particularly with the very high prices we are now paying for electricity. People who bought LG RESU batteries when they first came on the market are already ahead of the game financially. In Europe, the sonnenFlat community is so big that it now includes electric vehicle charging. These battery owners are now effectively their own large renewable energy power plant. Their solar power can also be sold to people who can’t have a solar system e.g,, because they rent or live in a unit. Imagine that happening in Australia. It potentially could. In South Australia it is already in early development stages. The more people in NSWs who join sonnenFlat the greater the likelihood of it happening here.
How solar storage works
When you install a solar storage system, the energy flows around your house are controlled by your solar inverter. The job of the inverter is to keep you off the grid. It does this by supplying the house with energy firstly from the solar panels, secondly the battery and finally the grid. It knows where and how much energy is needed because of an energy consumption/export meter we install into your house wiring. You can now monitor live data from your solar panels and battery capacity to see if the pool pump or clothes dryer is putting you in the red. Better still you can now connect those appliances to home automation devices that work together with the solar inverter ensuring they won’t switch on unless there is enough excess energy being produced by the solar system. You can even turn your electric hot water tank into a solar PV powered tank that only heats with excess energy from your solar panels.
Solar power back-up
It is often assumed that when a battery is installed with a solar system the battery will keep supplying energy to the home if the grid shuts down. This is not always correct. In fact, most systems will leave you in the dark.
In a grid fed solar system the inverter must shut down if the grid shuts down. This is a safety precaution because your solar system is an energy generator and could electrocute any linesmen that may be rectifying the power outage down the line somewhere.
Keeping the Lights On!
If you wish to ensure your solar battery to keep the lights on and the chops frozen in an extended grid outage you need to make sure you install a solar inverter that has a back-up function. That function will also need to be connected to the correct circuit in the house. In a new building a specific back-up circuit can be wired into the house but in a retro fit situation we need to locate the circuits required to be on the back-up circuit.
We don’t recommend backing up the whole house because there is only a limited amount of stored energy in the battery. For example, if you have a 10kWh battery and a 5kW air-conditioner on in the blackout the battery would be flat in two hours. That is assuming your battery is fully charged at the time of the black-out.
Solar batteries with ‘black-out’ options: The solar batteries we sell have alternatives or add-ons that will keep your lights on in a black-out. We will go through all the options with you.
Charging a solar battery in a black-out
The grid is aging and is increasingly a less stable source of energy. We don’t know what the future holds but if you are installing a home battery it seems pointless to install it without a back-up function. If you install a system with a back-up circuit you would probably also want it to charge from the solar panels. AC coupled batteries will not charge from the solar panels if the grid is out. That’s because the solar inverter will shut down to protect the linesmen.
On the other hand, the SolarEdge system with back-up connected not only charges the battery if the grid is down it also lets you use the energy the solar panels produce to power the backed-up circuit.