Whatever name you use, the same meaning applies to these revolutionary batteries that are set to feature in millions of Australian homes over the next few years.
Put simply, solar batteries help you get the most out of your solar panels. They allow you to store electricity for later use during the evening or during blackouts and in some cases, provide the potential to go off-grid.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! Here’s a breakdown of all you need to know about home solar batteries:
What Are They?
The generation of home solar batteries we’re talking about use the latest lithium-ion technology. Sounds complicated, but you already use this kind of battery every day in your smart-phone, laptop, power tools or electric car – if you have one! These rechargeable batteries provide strong energy intensity, yet are lighter and lower maintenance compared to lead acid alternatives.
Haven’t Solar Batteries Been Around For A While
Home battery storage has never been so affordable and accessible. Up until now, solar batteries have been unobtainable for most homeowners – and with good reason. They’re heavy, expensive, and often require ongoing and costly maintenance.
Exciting new players to the home energy storage market, such as Tesla Energy, are changing the game. Tesla’s Powerwall is a light, efficient, ‘set and forget’ solution that will make homes more sustainable. Other companies with their eyes set to the Australian solar battery market include Enphase Energy and LG Chem.
How Do They Work?
Solar batteries are pretty uncomplicated and once installed you’ll likely forget they are there (except when your power bill arrives.)
The following is based an example that applies to most common battery systems:
- Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity during the day, charging the batteries as well as providing power for the home.
- Your inverter converts direct current electricity from solar panels and batteries into alternating current used by your home.
- Electricity from the inverter is sent to your home's electrical panel.
- Some backup installations may require a secondary electrical panel containing the critical appliances and outlets you wish to back up. An electrical switch automatically activates the backup panel during a power company outage (on applicable systems).
What’s The Benefit?
The new generation of home battery storage systems can offer an impressive range of benefits, including:
- Dramatic increase in power bill savings
- Significant reduction in emissions – which is better for the planet
- Added property value
- Potential to use power during a blackout (on selected installations)
Are they expensive?
The price of solar batteries has dropped dramatically compared to systems on offer just a few years ago. We currently stock a range of solar batteries with different capabilities and technology levels, so prices vary. To obtain a specific quote, have a chat with our team.
How long will they last?
This also depends on which solar battery system you choose to install. Even our entry-level batteries are well rated and are covered by a limited performance warranty of X years. More sophisticated batteries are expected to hold charge for even longer.
Will it be compatible with my current solar power system?
Almost all solar power systems currently installed are compatible with the new generation of batteries. Not all solar power systems will integrate with every battery, so the best way to find out which will work for you is to speak to a solar energy professional.
How Do I Find Out More?
It’s likely that you’ve still got some questions about solar battery systems. The best way to get them answered is to contact our team for an obligation-free chat. We’ll help you understand more about these exciting new products as well as which one will best suit your needs and budget.
So if you’re keen to know more, make sure you get in touch!