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How does solar battery storage work?

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Solar battery storage

Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing energy sources in Australia and, indeed, the world. Experts say that the solar systems market has soared, doubling in size in less than a decade. The popularity of solar power has led to rise of solar battery storage, more so solar batteries, a technological device that has the capacity to store solar power for use at a later time. There are a number of manufacturers that are developing solar power storage devices. Battery systems can be installed along with solar systems to help light our premises.

How does it work?

To appreciate this source of power, understanding how the system works is a good starting point. A typical system will have a number of components, there are solar PV panels, inverters, solar batteries and a real-time energy monitoring system which keeps tracks of the energy produced among other statistics. The solar panel is the component that collects energy from the sun; here it is also converted into electricity. It is then passed to the inverter, a component that converts the sun energy into a form that can be used to light the house.

Benefits of energy storage systems

Sometimes you won’t need to use the energy right away; that’s when a solar battery comes in handy. The component converts the energy which is produced by the panels and stores it. The size of the battery will determine the amount of the energy stored, the higher the capacity, the larger the storage.
Instead of sending the excess into the grid, the solar battery will store the power and you can use it later. When the solar panels are not producing electricity you will be able to draw on the stored power. Only when the solar battery is fully charged will you send electricity back into the grid.

In a nutshell, the solar battery storage devices help in storing excess power from the solar panels. With these, you can use it during the night. Also the battery storage protects your home from power outages as well as reducing your reliance on the grid supply. With a good battery, you won’t only save on electricity bills but will also be contributing to a cleaner environment.

Renewable energy Professionals

Enerklean provides renewable energy solutions including solar power and energy storage systems to homes and businesses. If you’re planning to take your home or business solar, our renewable energy experts will provide you with the service and advice you need.

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Common solar energy myths busted

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Solar energy myths

Solar power

Although solar power has been praised in recent years for the benefits it can have on Australian homes and businesses, there are still many solar energy myths that surround the renewable energy solution. Do solar systems work when it’s cloudy? Do solar panels work in all climates? Will a solar power system break my bank balance – or even worse, my roof? Enerklean’s solar power experts are at hand to bust some of Australia’s most common solar energy myths and unveil the true potential of solar power for Australian homes and businesses.

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How much money can your business save with solar power?

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Commercial solar

Save money won power bill with solar power

Ever wondered how to cut the costs of your business’ power bill? The solar power experts at Enerklean explain how Australian businesses can save money with commercial solar power.

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A greener future with solar power

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Renewable energy

Due to an increased awareness of the negative impact fossil fuels are having on the environment around us, the Australian government are looking more and more towards renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power to fuel our future. Since the rate of climate change and global warming have hit a high in recent years, it looks like the need to go green is more urgent than ever before. With these latest statistics in mind, the experienced team of renewable energy engineers at Enerklean are here to help you take the right steps towards a greener future with renewable energy. 

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Online Solar Power Monitoring Systems

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solar monitoring system app

Solar monitoring system

Our online solar monitoring system is a wireless web-based tool that provides the following information regarding your Australian solar power system on smart devices such as smartphones, iPads, tablets and computers:

  • Number of kilowatts the solar panels are generating at the time you run a check
  • How much energy has been generated in total since the day your solar power system was installed
  • How many tonnes of CO2 your solar panels have saved from release into the air
  • Amount of money you have saved on your power bill
  • Interactive charts

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Solar Power Saving Figures

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Solar System Size Comparison Chart

 

Solar Power Saving Figures

Solar comparison table

Solar SystemSuitable forNo. of PV panelsAverage Power generated in WA
(Units/Day)
How much will I save per month?Average Electricity bill*Payback period
(Years)
2kWResidential88.8$50 – $100$100-$150Less than 4
3kWResidential1213.2$100 – $120$150-$250Less than 4
4kWResidential1617.6$120 – $150$200-$300Less than 4
5kWResidential2022$150 – $200$300-$400Less than 3
6kWResidential/
Commercial
2426.4$200 – $230$400-$500Less than 3
7kWCommercial2830.8$230 – $280$450-$550Less than 3
7.5kWCommercial2933$300 – $320$500-$600Less than 3
8.5kWCommercial3337$340 – $370$600-$700Less than 3
10kWCommercial3844$400 – $420$700-$800Less than 3
13kWCommercial4855$500 – $520$800-$1000Less than 3
15kWCommercial5866$600 – $620$1000-$1200Less than 3
17kWCommercial6575$700 – $720$1200-$1400Less than 3
20kWCommercial7788$800 – $820$1400-$1600Less than 2
25kWCommercial96110$1000 – $1050$1600-$2000Less than 2
27.6kWCommercial106121$1100 – $1150$2000-$2200Less than 2
30kWCommercial115132$1200 – $1250$2200-$2400Less than 2

$=AUD

*Billing cycle is 60 to 64 Days


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5kW Solar Systems

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5kW Solar Systems

Choosing the Correct Solar System

This important choice is highly dependent on:

  • Your energy consumption
  • The roof space available for solar panels

While there are still massive incentives available for homeowners and businesses planning on going solar under the Federal Government’s Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme, you can actually receive a larger rebate by purchasing a bigger system.

5kW Solar Systems for Households

The largest suitable size for households is a 5kW solar system. The reason being, anything above 5kW will not be eligible for the feed-in tariff (FIT), which is approximately 7 cents per unit in WA at the time of writing this post. The size of the panels can exceed 5kW to up to 6.5kW;  however, the inverter’s capacity should stay at 5kW in order to get credited for any extra units that your solar system feeds back onto the grid.

Monthly Savings

The average household in Western Australia with a 5 kW solar system saves approximately $180 per month. As a result, a 5kW solar system could save you around $360 per billing cycle (which is typically delivered by electricity providers every 60 days in most regions) and over $2,000 per year.

Battery Storage for 5 kW Solar System

A 5 kW solar system generally consists of 20 x 250 Watt solar PV panels plus a standard 5 kW inverter. This setup is typically not ready to connect a battery system to it. However, there are a number of options you can take to make it battery-ready:

  • Purchasing a Hybrid inverter instead of  a standard inverter from the outset
  • Replacing the standard inverter with a hybrid inverter in the future when you have elected to go for battery storage
  • Adding a Retrofit system which includes a charge controller device and battery

Batteries vs. Feed-In Tariff

Batteries save the additional energy which is generated by the solar system and not used during the day by the householders. Stored energy could be used at night when the sun stops shining, which would prevent you having to buy this energy back from the grid using the feed-in tariff. Furthermore, the batteries can get charged by the grid during the off-peak time when electricity retailers sell energy at the lower rate than the peak time.

Enerklean is an Australia-wide company that supplies a wide range of solar systems and batteries from Tier-1 brands. We know everything about solar as well as battery storage. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team of engineers.

How Does the Solar Panel Rebate Work?

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Solar Panel Rebate

The Solar Panel Rebate in Australia

In Australia there are two types of solar panel rebates available for those who elect to go with solar:

  • Feed-in tariff
  • STC incentives

Feed-in Tariff

Feed-in tariff (FIT) is a solar panel rebate relating to the funds you can receive by feeding energy units back to the grid. FITs vary among different states and are currently at approximately 7 cents per kWh (unit)  in Western Australia. FITs are currently only available in WA for homeowners, not commercial premises.

STC incentives

STC incentives or Small-Scale Technology Certificates are basically generous incentives available to those who purchase solar systems in Australia. They are government incentives that were developed to help you reduce the upfront cost of the solar system. The value of solar panel incentive that a household receives is generally calculated based on system location or postcode, installation date, and the amount of electricity generated over the course of its lifetime.

Finally, as the Renewable Energy Target tracks to 2030, the deeming period for solar photo-voltaic solar systems under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme will drop, starting from 1 January 2017. Hence, the current 15-year deeming period will reduce to 14 years in 2017, and by one year each year thereafter. This will also reduce the number of small-scale technology certificates systems may be eligible for.

This means the sooner you invest in a solar power system, the more you’ll save on the upfront cost.

To secure the current solar incentives and find out how much a solar power system could save you on your electricity bill, contact us today – we’d be more than happy to assist you.

Perth Announces World-first in Australian Solar Power

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Australian solar power

Perth Announces World-first in Australian Solar Power

Perth has once again proven that it’s ahead of the game on Australian solar power, hosting a world-first trial of new technology that could revolutionise apartment living. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced a $3 million project on April 13 that will see solar panels and batteries installed in four apartment block developments.

It’s no surprise that this ground is being broken in Perth, as the WA state capital gets more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia. The high demand for solar power  is a clear indication that Perth residents and business owners see the opportunities opened by solar energy. 

More than 170,000 homes have already installed solar panel systems on their roof. With apartments making up a third of the city’s housing, it makes sense to take that technology further, especially with the research currently being undertaken by Curtin University.

The Enerklean Approach

Here at Enerklean we continually embrace new technology to give our clients world-class, certified products and a wide range of renewable energy solutions to suit their needs.  Enerklean is a little different to your average solar package provider, as we don’t just stick a few solar panels on the roof and leave you to it!

We are working with Australian owners, architects and builders to develop smart homes that are good for the environment as well as your pocket. We not only design and install your solar system, but we also help with rebate administration, off-grid solutions, Feed-in-Tariffs, repairs, maintenance and after sales service.

If you’re interested in solar power, we can help get you started the smart way. Contact us for more information, or get a free quote today.

Tax Benefits Offered to Small Businesses

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Tax Benefits Offered to Small Businesses

If you qualify as a small business* and are interested in saving with solar, you can purchase as many solar PV as you like with an individual value of up to $20,000 each and claim a 100% depreciation deduction.

The benefit of this deduction has been extended in the current budget by widening the definition of small business.

Solar finance options

If you take advantage of Enerklean’s finance options, the cost of a $20,000 item can be zero for the first 12 months as a result of the accelerated depreciation claim.

*A small business is defined as one with a turnover of less than $2,000,000 for 2015/16 and $10,000,000 for 2016/17.

So, if your business is in the higher category you should delay installation until after 1st July.

by Doug West