Monthly Archives July 2016

Do I need a new digital meter when I go solar?

Yes, all solar systems require the replacement of your meter to a new bi-directional digital meter that can monitor how much power you are sending to the grid as well as how much power you are buying from your energy retailer. If you have a digital meter you will still need to get it replaced as it will not have the correct programming in it, unless you or your builder have specifically installed a bi-directional meter. This is rare for houses that have not had a recent renovation. Solaray typically organises the replacement of your meter as a part of
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What direction should my solar panels face?

Solar panels will generate the most energy over the course of a year when they are facing north. This is especially important in winter when the sun is lower in the northern sky. A Solaray consultant can visit your home and use specially designed software, demonstrate the sun and/or shade that your particular roof will have in winter, summer and at any time during the year. If your house has a north- south roof line, we can install panels on either the eastern or western roof depending on what time of the day you use the most power.For many families, they
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What size solar system do I need for my house?

Finding out what size solar system you need for your house depends on what you want your system to do. For many people, it is about making sure the solar system pays for itself in as little time as possible, for others it is to reduce their power bill by the greatest amount possible or to reduce their carbon footprint and do their bit for the environment. Paying back your investment as quickly as possible requires sizing up a system to match your daytime energy usage. In a perfect situation, you would use all of the solar power that is
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How much power will my solar system output in Sydney?

Solar system output in Sydney depends on a number of factors including your roof orientation, the angle of the panels, the weather, the seasons and the size of your system. Because of this we only use averages as well as guidelines from the clean energy council. The Clean Energy Council advise that in Sydney a solar system should on average output 3.9 kWh of energy per day for every kW of solar installed, taking into account the seasons and the weather. On any given day this figure could be extremely different. A 2kW system should output on average 7.8 kWh
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Solaray selected for Australian-first project to install 43.2kWh of Enphase battery storage at student housing co-op

Solaray has been awarded an Australian First Project to install 30kW of rooftop solar and a 43.2kWh Enphase battery storage system for the Stucco housing co-op in Sydney. Bjorn Sturmberg, a solar and storage project manager and postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University and a member of the student accommodation group Stucco, announced via LinkedIn that the selection of Solaray for the job had concluded a 6-month selection process, carried out in collaboration with the NSW government’s Office of Environment and Heritage. Solaray are the largest installer of Enphase Solar Systems in NSW, and an accredited supplier and installer of US-based
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Why Install Solar Battery Storage?

The Solar Storage Revolution has arrived in Australia and Solaray Energy is at the forefront of this exciting shift towards solar storage and energy management. Solar Battery Storage and Hybrid Solar are about storing power during the day to use in the evening. Unlike the expenses involved in going off-grid, solar + storage systems are about running your home off solar power as much as possible, and then automatically using the grid as a backup when needed. Australian households are well suited for battery storage due to our high cost of electricity, low feed-in tariffs for solar power sold back
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Why Enphase Batteries Have Been So Popular

The response to the new Enphase Power Storage System has been incredible! We knew that an interest in battery storage was going to explode this year, but we have seen an even greater demand than what we expected. In fact, Enphase has just announced that they will be doubling production in Australia. Australian households are well suited for battery storage due to our high cost of electricity, low feed-in tariffs for solar power sold back to the grid, a high penetration of solar power systems and a strong environmental movement away from coal and gas: “I didn’t expect (demand) it
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