Air Conditioners & Solar

Solar storage batteries have reduced the cost to you and the environment of running an air conditioner.  Now, the NSW Government is offering households and businesses between $200 and $1000 off the installation price when they buy a high-efficiency air conditioner through an approved installer.  The offer is for a limited time and full details are available from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment.

How solar storage batteries work

When people are working, air conditioners tend to be used most in the evening and at night.  They can use a lot of expensive electricity.  A solar storage battery gives you control over the solar energy you generate.  They enable you to store your power for use after the sun goes down. 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 wiring. You can now monitor live data from your solar panels and battery capacity to see if the air conditioner, pool pump or clothes dryer is really costing you. Better still you can now connect 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.

Designing a solar system

Solarpro has 10 years of solar system design experience.  We cater to different needs and budgets.  Let our design experts work with you to create the perfect system for you.  Choose from sonnen, Powerwall or LG RESU solar batteries.

Tesla Powerwall 2 Sale Now On

Great savings from Solarpro on Tesla Powerwall 2 with Gateway when you buy with a solar system over 5kW.  Offer ends 31 March and must be installed by end April.  Stocks are limited so be quick!

This customer went for a 16kW solar system with the Powerwall to get large electricity savings and independence.  Even with systems just over 5kW once a battery is included you are enabling yourself to use around 90% of your own power.

Should I Buy a Solar Battery Now or Wait?

The cost of waiting is higher than buying a solar storage battery now.  A bold statement perhaps, but if you look at history and analyse the figures it’s true.  The value of an energy storage battery is that it reduces your electricity bill by 90% or more in some cases.  Just do the maths!  Any discount has to be high to be worth waiting for.

It also provides freedom and control in the face of rising prices and on-going issues with our very old electricity grid. You keep your lights on in power cuts; you can sell your excess power back to the grid and in the future you will have the chance to sell your excess solar into virtual power plants and to people who want renewable energy but can’t produce it themselves.

Customers of ours who bought the LG RESU and Tesla Powerwall 1 batteries when they first entered the market are so far ahead in energy savings and control of their own power that they tell us frequently they don’t regret buying when they chose to.

There are several battery options to suit different needs.  Tesla Powerwall 2 is slick looking and has high storage capacity.  We have some special deals going on the Powerwalls & gateways right now.

The sonnenBatterie shown in the photo is also a great choice.  It’s the only battery currently available that was specifically designed for home use.  It has 10 years of reliable history behind it and is able to cycle more times than the other batteries.  This makes it a good option for the future if you are thinking of producing solar to sell.  Purchasing a sonnenBatterie gives you an option to join sonnenFlat which is a community of solar producers and gives you a discounted monthly electricity price.

Also available are the smaller LG RESU and VARTA batteries.  We will find the battery that suits your needs and budget.  Give us a call, visit the web site or come to our showroom in Allambie Heights.  We have the largest selection in Sydney of solar panels, storage batteries, inverters and other equipment on display.

 

Don’t Be Out of Power Again!

Were you one of the 31,000 homes inconvenienced by the major power outage on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Tuesday afternoon? Were you in the dark like everyone else for the evening? Would you like to be one of the few who weren’t?

If you have a solar PV system you are halfway to being ahead of the game when it comes to blackouts! Add a battery on to any existing solar system and with a back-up you can keep your lights on when everyone else in the street is in the dark.

If you are yet to install a solar PV system there are incentives currently on offer and Solarpro can provide you with a competitive quote to supply and install a new system.

Solarpro’s Showroom in Allambie Heights

At Solarpro we have the largest range of batteries in Sydney and we’re installing them every week in households like yours.

We also have an extensive Showroom where you can come in and talk to our extremely knowledgeable representatives about a solar PV system and/or battery option that will be tailor suited to your needs.

We are partners with the biggest brands in the battery industry including Tesla, sonnen, Varta, and LG.

24 Hour Sun Power

Use solar power when there is no sunlight. 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 to use when power is more expensive. We have options to suit different needs and budgets, including sonnenBatterie which gives an option to cap electricity costs through sonnenFlat.
All Solarpro batteries are Virtual Power Plant ready and approved under the Clean Energy Council Battery Assurance programme for safety and performance.

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.

CEC Approved Solar Storage Batteries

All Solarpro installed solar storage batteries are approved under a new quality assurance programme developed by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) that provides consumers with independent information on the safety of home battery products.

The programme tested home battery products against the industry’s best practice guidelines and approved  sonnenBatterie, LG Chem RESU, Tesla Powerwall 2 and Varta as meeting the standard we should all expect for a major appliance we are installing in our homes. They meet necessary electrical safety and quality standards.

The industry best practice guide which underpins the assurance programme was developed by a collection of groups including the Clean Energy Council, the Australian Industry Group, the Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association, CSIRO and the Smart Energy Council, in collaboration with state electrical safety regulators.

For further information on the best solar storage battery for your needs and budget give us a call or simply click to request a quote.

Tesla Powerwall 2 Launch

Tesla has just launched the Powerwall 2 solar battery.  This 13.5kWh battery is changing the way we think about solar power.  Enjoy a family evening powered by the sun and watch your electricity bill drop.  The Powerwall can be connected to an existing solar system or to a new solar inverter and panels.  It puts you in control of when you use your solar power, including at peak times.  You can monitor the system through the Tesla app.  Solarpro will be installing the first Powerwall 2 on the Northern Beaches next week.  For further information and a quote.  Contact Us.

What you get with Powerwall 2

Solar Battery

Twice the size of Powerwall 1, with a capacity of 13.5kWh, this is one of the largest home storage batteries available. Powerwall 2 has a liquid thermal control system that regulates its internal temperature to maximise battery performance in any climate. It stores excess solar power to be used in the evening when electricity prices are higher.

Internal Battery Inverter

Powerwall 2 has a built-in battery inverter.  However, unless you connect it to an existing solar system you will have to purchase a solar inverter and panels in additional to the battery.  Solarpro recommends the SolarEdge optimised solar system.  If you prefer a string system, Fronius is a good choice and we can optimise the solar panels for you by adding some simple technology. Optimised panels operate independently rather than in a string and can deliver up to 25% more solar power.

 Power Back-up

There are two versions of Powerwall 2 available.  One has a backup facility to provide power to selected appliances in the event of a power black-out.  The other does not have a backup facility.  If you want the backup or think you might in the future, it is important to choose that system.  The one without backup cannot have it added later.

Monitoring

Tesla has already launched a new version of the My Tesla website & mobile app which includes solar system monitoring and Powerwall 2 integration.  The app has a Power Flow screen which shows real-time data on solar power generation, storage and consumption.

We look forward to discussing your solar storage options with you.  Give us a call or click here to get a Quote.

 

Largest SolarEdge residential install

Solarpro has completed the largest residential SolarEdge installation in Australia. The 30kW system has been installed in Terrey Hills, NSW and boasts six SE5000 inverters and 90 LG320W solar panels.

SolarEdge is an optimised solar system that produces up to 25% more power than string systems. The installation comes at a time when larger amounts of solar power and clever use of solar batteries could see households really benefiting from their investment in solar.

NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin has been quoted saying that solar generation is now worth more and that he has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to update the benchmark tariff for solar power that is fed to the energy grid.

A draft proposal has been released outlining a feed-in tariff range of 11.6 to 14.6 cents per kilowatt hour.  This is double the 2016 benchmark range of 5.5 to 7.2 cents per kilowatt hour.

Give us a call to discuss how you can make the most from solar power by taking control of your electricity production, consumption and distribution to the gird. Contact us.

Intelligent batteries save money

 

Reposit is ‘Artificial Intelligence’ for solar batteries. It speeds up your financial returns by calculating the best times to use your stored electricity based on grid prices. This Australian designed technology does this by learning your energy patterns and making adjustments based on weather predictions using the NASA satellite network.

Obtain ‘grid credits’ and be seen as a valuable energy generator rather than consumer. With Reposit installed some energy retailers will pay you very well for your solar generated electricity. Learn more…

Keep your power on when the grid is down!

Solar batteries such as the Tesla Powerwall made it possible for solar power users to keep their lights and appliances going during power cuts by the electrricity grid in the recent storms.

Innovations in solar storage batteries have made it possible to have a flexible approach to using solar power. Owners of solar systems can decide how they want to use their power.  They can ‘beat the grid’ by using solar power at peak times and buying grid power cheap at off-peak times.  Solar power can now be used at night if desired.

Solar batteries are compact and affordable.  Energy self-sufficiency is a very real possibility.

Solarpro has solar battery systems to suit different needs and budgets.  Contact us for further information or attend one of our free education seminars in Brookvale.