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Are solar batteries right for you?

Solar power systems have become increasingly popular across Australia. As a large population shifts towards relying on Solar panels to generate energy for their power needs, there has been an increased interest in solar batteries to help homeowners gain complete freedom from relying on the grid for their energy needs. When comparing quotes for different energy storage systems, it can be difficult to determine which characteristics and technical specifications matter most to determine which solar battery would best meet your needs. The solar battery technology is relatively newer compared to the solar power systems comprising panels and inverters which have undergone huge advancements over the years. The solar battery storage industry is in fact so new that it is probably hard to find many people who own a battery and who can share their experience with you. While every battery has to meet certain reliability and safety requirements in order to be sold and installed in Australia, outside of those standards there is very little standardization of specs and characteristics across the batteries available on the market today. This blog post aims to provide some useful tips that will help make your decision easier regarding installing a solar power battery storage for your system.

The cost to supply electricity changes minute by minute and the electricity prices have significantly increased across Australia over the years. However, most consumers pay rates based on the seasonal costs. Changes in prices generally reflect variations in electricity demand, availability of generation sources, fuel costs, and power plant availability. Prices are usually highest in the summer when total demand is high because more expensive generation sources are added to meet the increased demand. In order to combat the rising prices, the next step to gain complete freedom from the grid and their high prices is to install a solar battery.

Solar batteries are a great invention that work to provide excellent energy storage which contributes towards a number of different benefits- from emergency backup power when the grid fails to exponential financial savings! Making the decision to install a solar battery for your system brings technical complexity and a brand new set of unfamiliar terminology because of how new this technology really is. Here are some of the things to focus on and look for when purchasing a solar battery: –

How to decide which Solar battery will meet your consumption needs

  • When as the homeowner your main aim is to power more of your home at once it is important to look for a battery with a high power rating while observing the brand specs of different solar battery options.
  • It is important to be clear of your main goal you wish to achieve by installing a solar battery. If your focus is to be able to power a more energy-intensive appliance like an air conditioner, look for a battery with a high instantaneous power rating in the solar batteries’ brand specs.
  • If your main aim is to go for longer duration without having to use the grid for your power needs when there is no sunlight to keep generating more power, look for a battery with a higher usable capacity in the brand specs for the solar battery model.
  • When the main focus of the homeowner is to get the most out of every kilowatt/hour of electricity that is put into the solar battery throughout the day, look for batteries with a higher roundtrip efficiency in the brand details for the solar battery model
  • Some homeowners have limited space available for keeping these solar batteries due to space constraints. If your main focus is to get the most amount of storage out of the least amount of space, look for lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) batteries
  • Some interested solar battery buyers are mainly concerned about the longevity of the battery and in that case it is recommended look for lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries
  • Some homeowners however are specifically focused on getting a solar battery with the absolute highest safety rating possible. In this case, it is recommended to look for LFP batteries. It is important to note that all solar batteries are designed to be very safe regardless.

In conclusion, there are several factors to consider when choosing the right solar battery for your home. Contact Austra Solar for a free quote on a solar battery and our expert solar advice on the right solar battery for you based on your consumption.