Solar + Storage
Whether it’s designing your solar power system to be “Battery Ready” for battery storage solutions coming to the market like the Tesla Power Wall, BYD BBox or RedFlow Z Cell, Country Solar NT will help you reduce your electricity spend now and be ready for the future.
About Solar Batteries
With electricity prices continuing to rise and homeowners becoming more conscious of running costs, the uptake of battery storage systems in Australia is expected to quickly grow.
While residential grid connected batteries in the Territory currently have a lenghtly ROI the below information offers an explanation the benefits solar plus batteries will bring to both your home and the grid as a whole, read on.
Benefits of Solar Batteries for the Home
Significant Electricity Savings
Investing in a solar battery system for your home can help you save more money on your electricity bills, compared to just installing solar alone. Rather than exporting your excess solar energy to the grid for a small feed-in tariff (across Australia the average is around 5 cents per unit, currently the Territory has a 1:1), your solar battery will store any excess electricity, allowing you to use it at a later point in the evening, when your solar PV system is not generating any electricity.
Installing a battery bank at your home or business lessens the amount of energy you’ll need to buy from the grid. This decreases your reliance on the grid and major energy retailers, giving you more energy freedom.
If your home is on a Time of Use Tariff, installing a solar battery means you can benefit from energy arbitrage. By charging your battery bank during off-peak rates and using your own stored electricity during peak rates, you’ll end up pocketing the difference and saving a lot of money on your electricity bills. Energy arbitrage can be accomplished with or without a solar PV system.
Backup Power for Grid Outage events
Some batteries are able to provide your home with backup power. This gives you the convenience and flexibility of always having electricity, regardless of what’s happening on the grid.
The latest in battery technology
Installing a battery bank means your home will be able to take advantage of future regulatory changes which will allow households, small businesses, and community groups to trade rooftop solar generated electricity between each other. Investing in a battery will allow you to store your excess solar electricity, and selling it to neighbours for more than the gazetted feed-in tariff rate, effective bypassing major energy retailers.
Red Flow Z Cell Batteries
ZCell is a new type of battery with performance characteristics that make it ideally suited to store energy for your home or office.
The Australian-designed ZCell is an innovative flow battery that can deliver 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) of stored energy each day, harvesting energy from your solar panels or lower-cost off-peak power, for use when you need it. About the size of an air-conditioning unit, ZCell is designed by ASX-listed company Redflow Limited (ASX:RFX), based on its core ZBM2 battery, which is operating at sites around the world including Australia, Asia, Africa, America and Europe.
Installing ZCell with an inverter as part of your energy management system can reduce your power costs, keep your lights on during grid power cuts and increase your energy independence.
Enphase AC Battery™
We revolutionized solar. Now we’re revolutionizing storage.
Introducing the Enphase AC Battery, a modular, plug-and-play solution that’s fully integrated into the Enphase Energy Management System. We’re bringing the same distributed architecture to storage that we brought to solar.
The AC Battery’s modular architecture means you’ll get a storage solution that’s exactly what you need: no more, no less, no wasted costs. The system is easy to expand on as your needs change, as your family grows or you add an electric vehicle. Plus, flexible configurations work for any garage.
BYD B Box
The B-Box is a bar fridge-sized battery cabinet containing lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries from BYD.
BYD’s size, reputation and experience help to make the B-Box a potentially attractive option for anyone considering batteries for home energy storage. In addition to having more electric vehicles in operation than any other company, BYD has provided batteries for electronics giants like Samsung, LG and Huawei etc.
With over 220,000 people employed by BYD globally, they have dedicated research & development facilities for their key manufacturing segments: transportation, renewable and consumer electronics. BYD has 30 production plants around the world. The company claims a 50% share of the a specific market for energy storage systems in US, and says that it is the only company to cover the entire energy value chain – from solar panels to battery storage to electrified transportation and LED lighting. Pure electric taxis and buses using BYD batteries have been operating in mainland China for over six years, and there are over 240 cities globally that have footprints of BYD electric buses.