How do solar batteries work? (basic)
A solar battery storage will store your excess solar energy generation during the day. Once the sun is not shining and your solar panels are not producing electricity anymore, you will automatically be using the energy you stored in your battery (during the day), until that energy is depleted. The size of the battery will determine how many appliances you can run and can be determined according to your energy bills.
The reasons for installing a battery could be:
- You'd like to keep your solar energy instead of exporting it to the grid (to your retailer)
- You'd like to be able to make yourself some tea if there is an energy black out in your area. Please not that not all batteries are "black-out" compatible and they also will not be able to power all your appliances in your house (this depends of their power output).
Batteries are still expensive at the moment considering their warranty limit of 10 years. Of course it is likely that the battery will keep running past the warranty limit, but the expected payback period stills falls around 15 to 20 years.
How do I determine if solar batteries are worth it for me?
By installing battery storage you can expect to reduce your electricity bills anywhere between 60 to 90%. With these savings, a typical home will recoup the initial investment in approximately 10 years. This is close to the warrantied life of ...
If I do not have a solar system, can I apply for both the solar and battery rebates from Solar Victoria?
You can only access one rebate through the solar homes program. You can apply for the battery rebate instead of the solar PV rebate. The following is a response from Solar Victoria regarding this: "If you would like to specifically apply for a ...
Are solar batteries safe?
Solar batteries are safe across technologies. In general, solar batteries are very safe. Lithium ion, salt water, and lead acid batteries are the main types of solar battery systems available, and are all safe to pair with a home solar system.
The business case for a home to install solar / What size solar do I need?
We advise people to install a system that’ll generate at least ½ your Winter daily usage. If you can install a larger system, that will probably be beneficial (depending on your energy use), and you will be more likely to still receive a feed-in ...
Can batteries be recycled?
• When purchasing your battery storage system, ask your retailer whether they have a battery recycling program in place. • When you need to replace a battery, the old batteries should be disposed of at a battery recycling station or other suitable ...