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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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.

 

Sonnen Solar Battery Manufactured in Australia

Sonnen, the World’s leading manufacturer of solar storage batteries, has shown its commitment to Australia with the opening of its battery manufacturing facility in Adelaide.   This will benefit the whole of Australia.  50,000 energy storage systems are expected to be built in the next five years for Australian and export markets.  Sonnen’s Chief Executive Officer, Christoph Ostermann, has committed to participating in making Australia the number one market globally for energy storage systems.

Sonnen batteries are super smart energy storage systems that provide double the kilowatt-hours of competitors.  The intelligent storage system automatically adjusts the energy use so that most of your self-generated energy stays in your home.  For battery owners who choose to join sonnenFlat; stored energy that you don’t need is used by other sonnenFlat members who need it at that time and excess energy is made available to you by others when you need it.  The shared system is administered by sonnen and paves the way for Virtual Power Plants.

Creating a Virtual Power Plant

Sonnen is creating a “Virtual Power Plant” in South Australia to support the State and National Grid infrastructure. The Company already runs a ‘virtual power plant’ in Germany, connecting thousands of households with PV (photovoltaic) storage systems. Sonnen’s intention is to have a network of batteries of sufficient scale to enable it to sell the equivalent of a gas-fired peaking power station into the National Grid. Mr Ostermann said, “sonnen will bring great benefits to South Australia through jobs at its Australian Head Office and the factory in Elizabeth, lower energy prices for households that take up the battery programme, and increased retail energy competition, decreasing energy prices for everyone. Furthermore, we expect to contribute to increased grid reliability through the ability of the network of sonnenBatteries to store energy and act as a Virtual Power Plant in a decentralised grid.”

Smart Solar & Batteries Showroom

The sonnenBatterie is one of four solar storage batteries in Australia that have been approved as Virtual Power Plant ready.  The others are Tesla Powerwall 2, LG RESU and VARTA.  Solarpro has a showroom on Sydney’s Northern Beaches where you can view all these batteries and other examples of smart solar technology like SolarEdge optimised inverters.

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.

Charge an electric vehicle with a solar inverter

SolarEdge has introduced an electric vehicle (EV) charging single phase solar inverter.  It enables households with solar power systems to charge their electric vehicles directly from the solar inverter without having to buy a separate EV charger.  They will also benefit from the ability to charge EVs up to 2.5 times faster than a standard EV charger through an innovative solar boost mode that uses grid and solar charging simultaneously.  The EV charging inverter is fully integrated with the SolarEdge monitoring platform.

Depending on your solar energy production, SolarEdge estimates the boosted inverter will give you 35 to 40kms/1 hour of charging compared to 8 to 15kms from a standard EV charger.

sonnenCharger for EVs linked to sonnenCommunity

Another innovative EV charger solution comes from German-based, solar battery manufacturer, sonnen which in early 2018 introduced the sonnenCharger in Europe.  It is a smart home charge point that charges your electric car from your own cheap solar power.  It is connected to the internet and sonnen’s mobile app.

The innovative thing is that it is linked to the Company’s community of energy storage devices. This means that if a member of the sonnenCommunity with an electric vehicle needs to charge but doesn’t have sufficient solar power, they can use excess energy from other sonnenCommunity members to cover their shortfall and still power their EV with clean solar power.

In Australia, people who have purchased a sonnenBatterie eco and joined sonnenFlat are already members of the pool of 10s of thousands of people who are coming together to form the World’s largest virtual power plant of its kind.  The introduction of the sonnenCharger in Europe brings transport in the shape of electric vehicles into a system that is already meeting energy needs previously provided by fossil fuels.

Whether you already have an electric car or think you might in the future, contact us to discuss your options.

 

Achieve maximum solar power use

Generating maximum solar power and using as much as possible yourself, protects you from high electricity prices and gives the best value for money from your solar system.

Maximum Solar Power Generation

A SolarEdge optimised inverter with LG solar panels will ensure you get the most power you can out of your solar system.  Unlike other inverters, the SolarEdge system enables every panel to generate the maximum solar power it can making the system produce up to 25% more power than others, irrespective of the solar panels used.

Add LG solar panels and we believe you have a high power winning combination. We use LG solar panels because they not only win award after award for their performance but they also come with a 25 year product and labour warranty.  Other solar panel manufacturers only warrant their panels for around 10 years.  They produce more power than other similar sized panels. LG’s NeOn 2 solar panels at 335W are a similar size to 275W solar panels. We have tested many solar panels over the years.  We believe that a well designed SolarEdge system with LG solar panels will deliver the maximum possible solar energy the system can produce.

Using all Your Solar Power

The limiting aspect of solar energy is that it can only be generated when there is sunlight.  The introduction of affordable solar storage batteries has enabled its use after dark.  If you do not wish to add a battery to your system, there are other options we can advise you on.  Some small changes to when you use appliances can make a big difference.  We can help you turn your home into a ‘Smart Home’ using inexpensive appliance control devices and by using the SolarEdge immersion device you can have solar powered hot water without the expense of  a solar hot water system.

If you want complete control of your power and what you pay for electricity then you should purchase a sonnen battery and apply to join sonnenFlat.  This caps your electricity costs at $30+GST for a 5kW solar power system and you become part of a renewable energy community.  The sonnenBatterie eco is the World’s most popular solar storage battery. If you want large storage capacity then Tesla Powerwall 2 at 13.5kWh is one of the largest on the market and a popular choice.  We can go through your energy needs and find the best solution.  One thing we are certain of is that you get much better value for money by using your own solar power rather than sending excess solar power to the electricity grid.

 

 

 

 

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.”