Millions of low-quality solar panels have been installed on Australian roofs, mostly because mums and dads lacked the expertise to differentiate panel quality.
You’re thinking about installing batteries for your solar PV system, but aren’t clear about how much storage capacity you need. Numbers suggest a smaller battery bank is probably a better investment than a larger one (at least for now).
The idea of sneaking in a battery cycle first thing in the morning doesn’t bear fruit, because most households are already exporting energy during their morning peak.
Should battery storage be discharged during peak only, and is it worth discharging during off-peak periods in order to maximise solar soak-up?
“Arbritrage” sounds like a brilliant idea, but is it really worthwhile charging a battery from the grid at off-grid prices?
There’s plenty of early adopters out there who will buy battery storage regardless of the return on investment, because early adopters like the technology and the independence it offers.
It’s a well-established trend: the Australian solar industry is increasingly turning to sales of commercial PV systems.
Solar power in Australia has grown to 5 gigawatts and was the largest source of new power in the country in 2015. It now represents 9% of Australia’s total electricity generation capacity.
People should be considering solar hot water (SHW) and solar power (PV) in combination, rather than entirely covering their roof with PV.