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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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.

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.”

 

Up to 15c/kWh for Solar Power

IPART  has set the benchmark range for solar feed-in tariffs at 11.9 to 15 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh) for the year starting 1 July 2017.  The new range is double the current amount and a more realistic price for solar power.  However, it is the wholesale price range and it is up to electricity retailers to make the decision to adopt it.

“With electricity prices set to rise again in July, this is good news for customers who have not been receiving a fair amount for the solar power they contribute to the grid.  The timing is great if you have been considering solar for a while. There are a lot of options now to achieve minimal electricity bills or complete energy self-sufficiency. ” Said David Veal, Managing Director of Solarpro.  Give us a call to discuss your options and get a quote.

“We encourage all our customers to approach their electricity retailers and shop around for the best deal.” David said.

There are calls for the benchmark range to be made mandatory to ensure retailers offer the higher price. Solarpro hopes electricity retailers will act without legislation and offer the higher price to their solar producing customers as AGL has done.

AGL has already announced that their NSW customers will receive a solar feed-in-tariff of 11.1c/kWh from 1 July 2017 compared to the current 6.1 c/kWh. This is an increase of 82%.  In a statement AGL said:

“The changes will help to offset the impact of higher prices in some states and deliver savings to customers with solar panels…….Solar feed-in tariffs are the rates paid for electricity that is fed back into the grid from a domestic renewable electricity generation source, such as a rooftop solar.

“Australia has the highest rate of household solar installation in the world, with over 15 percent of Australian homes hosting solar panels in 2017.

As the uptake of solar continues to increase, especially as costs associated with solar PV decrease, AGL is making changes that offer customers significant savings and better value for contributing clean energy to Australia’s electricity generation mix.”

IPART stands for Independent Pricing And Regulatory Tribunal.  Click the link below to read the Fact Sheet on the new solar feed-in tariff and Contact Us to get a quote on a solar system that’s right for you.

Solar feed-in tariff 2017-18

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.

Cheap Solar Hot Water

If you have a SolarEdge power system you can install a device that will use excess solar power to heat your hot water at a quarter of the price of a solar hot water system.  The device effectively turns any standard electric hot water tank into a solar tank.

“The great news is cheap solar hot water is back. We just do it a little differently now. With a correctly sized solar power system there will always be excess energy that will be exported to the grid for a pittance. With a SolarEdge hot water immersion device installed, you can now divert that excess energy from the solar system directly to your hot water tank.” Said David Veal, Managing Director of Solarpro.

Solarpro began as a solar hot water company back in 2009. We have installed nearly every brand and type of solar hot water system available. However, the reduction in government rebates put solar hot water financially out of reach for many people.

Immersion device

The immersion device effectively turns any standard electric hot water tank into a solar tank. The stored heated body of water is really another form of battery that is storing energy from the sun. This will be the cheapest home battery you will ever install! Automatically and wirelessly controlled by the SolarEdge inverter the immersion device fits into the system with or without a home battery.

Fitting additional devices

Devices can be fitted that can turn on other appliances around the home when there is excess solar power, like the pool pump or clothes dryer for example. These devices retail for $90.00.

The order in which the devices are turned on is controlled by you and the SolarEdge app on your phone or monitoring portal.

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…