Solar Battery Storage in 2018 is about solving solar power’s basic dilemma; while solar power peaks during the day, typical energy usage peaks in the evening.
Smart energy management is about storing excess solar power in batteries to use when needed, further reducing your power bill and essentially running your home almost entirely on solar power.
This allows the grid to act as a backup, for example during long periods of bad weather or when you need to use large amounts of power. There are two main options for solar storage at the moment, so let’s take a look at which option will be the best for your household.
Solar Storage in 2018
As more solar batteries are installed across Australia, we are witnessing a revolution in the way households are able to generate, store and use power. Thanks to solar storage, some Solaray customers on sunny days are now running their home on solar power 24/7, allowing them to significantly reduce their power bill. Here are the two top options currently available:
For the smaller household: the Enphase AC Battery
The response to the new Enphase Power Storage System has been incredible and this should continue right through 2018.
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 many other battery systems that typically connect to an expensive hybrid solar inverter and have limited compatibility.
The system itself has been designed to be modular, expandable, easily installed and can be tailored to each customer’s usage profile. A household can monitor their general power consumption, solar generation and battery capacity. Many new and existing Solaray customers are adding 2-5 Enphase batteries to their solar system to help store excess solar power that would otherwise be sent to their retailer at around 5 cents per kWh. It is one of the best things your household can do to vote against the coal and gas industry.
Smart Energy Management from Enphase
Integrated, efficient and reliable, energy management systems combine solar generation, storage and load management technologies into one solution that automatically optimise the use of solar power in your home, based on local energy prices and usage patterns.
With all the talk surrounding solar storage, it has been easy to overlook the next generation of Energy Management. This is an absolute game changer as it is the first integrated energy monitor that provides energy usage insights, remote update capabilities and load management, enabling a more cost-effective and reliable solar installation while adding significant value for system owners.
The ‘Envoy-S Metered’ communications gateway from Enphase delivers solar production and energy consumption data to Enphase Enlighten monitoring software for comprehensive, remote maintenance and management of the Enphase System.
This is what so many of our customers have been asking for, and we are now able to offer it with all of our Enphase systems. It really is exciting stuff.
With production metering and consumption monitoring options, Envoy-S is the platform for total energy management and integrates seamlessly with the Enphase Energy Storage System.
– Consumption monitoring for total energy insight
– 99.5% accuracy – miles ahead of what we have seen previously
– Bi-directional communications lets the Envoy adapt to future utility requirements
– Flexible networking options with integrated Wi-Fi
– Ready for plug-play cellular networking
– Connects up to 600 micro inverters
For more information, please contact the Solaray Team to discuss how you can help you run your home almost entirely on solar power. We have solutions for households with an existing solar system, plus complete solar + storage packages.
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery Storage
As more battery storage systems are installed across Australia, we are now witnessing a revolution in the way households are able to generate, store and use power. Thanks to the Tesla Powerwall Home Battery, some Solaray customers on sunny days are now running their home on solar power 24/7, allowing them to significantly reduce their power bill.
After adding a Tesla Powerwall Home Battery to a 3kW solar system from Solaray Energy, this family in Pitt Town are now running their home entirely on solar power, with an average daily energy usage of around 15 kWh.
During the day, a 3kW Solaray solar power system powers the house (blue) and excess solar power is used to charge the Powerwall battery (red). Once the sun goes down, the household runs entirely on battery power all night (green), it even has enough capacity to work the next morning. Other than a small supply charge, this solar household won’t have to worry about their power bill any time soon.
Automated, compact and stylish, The Tesla Powerwall 2 enables solar households to further reduce their power bill and maximise self-consumption of solar power. With a capacity of 14 kWh, by installing a Tesla Powerwall 2 you will now be able to run your home almost entirely on solar power. The Tesla Powerwall 2 is a beautifully functional storage solution that inherits Tesla’s proven automotive battery technology to power your home safely and economically. Completely automated, it requires little to no maintenance and is specifically designed for residential installations.
As one of the few Tesla Energy Authorised Resellers in Sydney, new and existing Solaray customers can now pre-order the Tesla Powerwall 2 and expect the same high installation standards and support that has helped build Solaray Energy into the leading independent solar installer in NSW.