Solaray Energy has completed the installation of a ground breaking Solar Storage System for the Stucco Student Housing Co-op in Newtown, Sydney. This ground breaking Solar Storage System features a 30kW solar array powered by Enphase S-Series Micro Inverters and 36 x Enphase AC Batteries; the world’s largest Enphase Battery Installation to date.
The project was partly funded by an Environmental Performance Innovation Grant from the City of Sydney in collaboration with the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage.
This Solaray Solar + Storage System was installed in a multi-unit residential building operated by the student housing co-operative, Stucco, making it one of the first multi-dwelling apartment buildings in the world to combine solar, storage and software-based energy management.
With a total of 43.2 kWh of storage capacity, an energy assessment conducted by Stucco estimates that the solar and storage system should provide up to 80 percent of the building’s energy requirements for its 40 residents.
Jonathan Fisk, director of Solaray Energy said, “Stucco’s vision of greater energy independence is necessary to challenge long-held views in Australia that solar and storage is only suitable for individual dwellings. We are delighted the company has partnered with us for this project. Stucco is a heritage listed building, and getting the consent we needed to install solar and storage enables further conversation aimed at delivering greater energy independence into many accommodation styles.”
Solaray Energy is the industry leader in providing innovative solar and storage products and solutions in Australia. With a strong focus on the software and technology products that manage solar and storage, Solaray is uniquely positioned to ensure renewable energy systems deliver maximum returns to their owners and operators. Solaray has been operating and providing solar and storage solutions for 10 years and has been a leader in the use of technology to manage the effectiveness of solar PV Systems. Every solar system installed by Solaray in the last 2-3 years is cloud connected and managed online.
About the Enphase Solar Storage System
Enphase revolutionised micro inverter technology and now produces the world’s only truly integrated solar plus storage solution.
Enphase batteries come as a part of an “energy solution”, and the key feature is the Enphase software rather than the hardware of the batteries. The Enphase software is revolutionary – it can manage the battery’s performance, set algorithms to deal with various electricity tariffs, facilitate home automation and adapt to household consumption patterns.
The Enphase Energy Management System is unlike anything else currently available because of its compatibility. Enphase Batteries are connected directly to the meter board, where we install a control hub that manages power consumption and storage in the home. This allows the Enphase power storage system to be compatible with any existing solar system. This is in stark contrast to other battery systems that typically connect directly to an expensive hybrid solar inverter and have limited compatibility.
Enphase batteries are smaller than almost any other solution on the market with a capacity of 1.2 kWh. This allows households to start with one or two modules to get a feel for how much storage capacity they will need, and due to the plug and play nature of the system, additional capacity will be quick and easy to install.
Enphase batteries can be cycled twice a day, effectively doubling your storage capacity. A typical set-up will be to charge the batteries off excess solar power during the day to be used in the evening, and then charged a second time overnight during the off-peak billing period to be used in the morning. If the system is sized-up accurately and a household manages their power usage properly it will be possible to run a home almost entirely off solar power, with the grid used as a backup when needed.
“Stucco selected Enphase Energy because it is the only company that offers an integrated energy management solution, including solar generation and storage, along with energy management through its Enphase Enlighten app,” said Janse van Rensburg. “We were also impressed by the warranty period that Enphase offered for its AC Batteries, as storage is a core component of our system’s design.”
For more information about an Enphase Energy Management System for your home, please call the Solaray team on 1300 221 586 or you can request a quote today: