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.
Solar and storage are a perfect pair. Storage addresses a fundamental problem of solar energy for many households: while solar production peaks during the day, energy consumption is often the highest during the morning and evening. With the Enphase Energy Management System, you can save the energy you produce for when you need it most.
Solaray management were recently hosted by Enphase in California to get an update on the key developments of the Enphase Solar Battery, and the Solaray Team got to see the details of the Enphase Energy Management System with Enphase unveiling both the AC Batteries and the impressive Energy Management System.
This will be the first integrated energy monitor that provides energy usage insights, home automation, remote update capabilities and load management, enabling a more cost-effective and reliable solar installation while adding significant value for system owners.
The AC Enphase battery will completely change the way a house uses energy.
Rarely do we see such a dramatic advancement in technology in the course of a few years, but this new generation of residential solar batteries is set to disrupt the current status quo and allow home-owners to take control of their electricity consumption.
Prior to today, standalone Energy Storage System had limited management, high maintenance requirements, poor return on investment and questionable safety
The Enphase AC Battery is an integrated energy storage solution that delivers high performance and superior reliability with the safest battery technology available. Its modular architecture can be cost-effectively tailored to fulfil a household’s energy needs now and in the future, if their needs change.
Advantages of an AC Coupled System:
- Expandable – you will be able to add solar panels to your existing system
- More efficient overall energy system
- It is much safer as there isn’t the need for high voltage DC
- The most intelligent energy management system on the market, with remote firmware updates allowing for key updates as technology progresses
- Crowdsourced development: the developer’s API makes it possible for third parties to integrate solutions and products into the Enphase Management System. This will allow homeowners to automatically link appliances to the Enphase system, for example, to send excess solar power into underfloor heating, hot water, air conditioners etc. This is something customers have been asking about for many years, so it is incredibly exciting to now have a quality solution from a leading manufacturer.
- Flexible – adding storage is simple thanks to the plug-and-play nature of the batteries
Leveraging Two Cycles per day
A key feature of the Enphase battery is that it will be warranted for 10 years based on 2 cycles a day.
This will allow system owners to use excess solar power stored in the batteries in the evening and then recharge the batteries overnight using lower off-peak tariffs, or possibly by using a micro-grid. This will then allow the batteries to be used in the morning when there is a typical spike in usage as households wake up and get ready for the day.
By having two cycles a day, an Enphase system will typically need half of the storage when compared to other battery solutions, which is obviously a huge advantage in terms of the initial investment required.
Are they safe?
The Enphase AC Battery uses the safest battery technology available. This will allow us to install the batteries in a garage or perhaps a basement or roof cavity. The Enphase battery has been tested to be significantly safer than other standard batteries used in the market today.
As you can see the Enphase AC Battery combines safety, quality, durability, and reliability with the most intelligent energy management features ever seen in a residential solar power system.
When can you get one?
That is the question that everybody is asking!
According to Enphase Energy, it will be mid-2016. As the largest installer of Enphase systems, Solaray we will get early access to the Enphase AC Batteries and we will let you know when they are here Make sure your name on our reservation list so you don’t miss out on key updates!
What to do now?
If you have not done so yet, it is important to have your solar system installed before the batteries so that by the time the batteries are ready we can analyse at least a few months of data concerning your power usage, solar production and consumption habits.
This way, when you are ready for batteries you will know exactly how much capacity will best suit your needs. If you are interested in an Enphase AC Battery, make sure your name is on our reservation lists so you don’t miss out on key updates.