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Enphase Solar Battery Storage Installed Across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter Valley

In the last few years, residential solar energy generation has been growing through the roof. Energy storage, too, has been expanding. We’ve seen battery prices drop by 80% in the last 8 years, making them an affordable investment, with half of the Australian households predicted to adopt a solar system with battery storage solution by 2025. But while you might already know about the benefits of solar panels, those of battery storage might still be a bit fuzzy. So to help you decide, we’ve put together an overview of battery storage benefits and which brand we think is the best one on the market.

 

Why Do I Need a Battery For My PV System?

 

Solar panels convert the sun’s energy into electrical energy, which then gets converted to AC energy and feeds your household appliances “in real time”. The job of solar batteries is to store this power for later use instead. Battery storage makes sense if you think about the fact that solar energy production peaks around lunchtime, when the typical family is out and about, at work, school or partaking in activities. With nobody using the electricity generated and no batteries to store it, it just goes to the grid, netting you some 10c/kWh through the buyback scheme. A solar battery, on the other hand, will save this energy for when everybody’s back home and consumption is at its max, sparing you from paying peak tariff to your electricity provider. So by installing batteries, you’re really maximising the potential of your solar panels.

 

You should be aware that by law grid-connected solar generation must shut down during a power outage, for safety reasons. Even though you have solar panels installed, you’d still be left with no power. You cannot use the energy stored in solar batteries for electricity during a power outage.

 

What’s the best Battery Storage Solution on the market?

 

The solar panel battery we recommend is the lithium-ion Enphase AC Battery, a 1.2 kWh storage solution. The Enphase AC Battery is an excellent product requiring a low upfront investment against a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty (which covers 2 cycles per day). Even after 10 years, it’ll still likely have a very usable 80% capacity to it. This product is a seamless all-in-one solution that does not require an inverter, and converts solar energy straight into AC. Enphase batteries come in a one-size, modular format that allows stackable, plug-and-play installation: you can start small and add more at a later date, without additional fitting costs. What really makes a difference for us, though, is its safety. This product is accident-safe and displays a very low fail rate. In the course of our operation, we’ve installed about 1,000 batteries in Australian homes so far and, to date, only a fraction of a percent have gone out of order.

 

What does an Enphase AC Battery look like? It weighs about 23-24kg and measures about 400x300x250mm—the size of carry-on luggage. Installation is quite simple: after hanging the mounting bracket on your wall and connecting it to standard AC wiring, we then attach the battery to the bracket. That’s it, it’s now ready for energy storage. The best location in the house? One with a cool climate, out of the weather, usually a garage: remember, heat is the enemy of batteries!

 

Battery storage allows you to tap into the full benefit of solar panels. If you’re considering investing in battery storage for either a new or existing solar panel system, Enphase carries the lowest financial investment requirement while guaranteeing an unbeatable lifetime value. Our recommendation is always to invest in a product that has been thoroughly market-tested and is backed by a reputable brand. Below are a few more FAQs with some additional information. We’ll be happy to answer any further questions or address any concerns either via phone or email at the contact details below.

 

FAQ’s

 

Q: Where do your solar batteries come from? Who is your supplier?
Since 2013, our brand of choice for solar batteries is Enphase, based in California, United States. The battery itself is manufactured in Japan, where safety is paramount: as it should be, given that this device goes inside your home.

 

Q: What battery size will I need? How many batteries should I install?
The Enphase AC Battery is a one-size, modular solution that enables you to add more as your needs evolve. It’s a cost-effective way to build a solar storage system tailored to your specific situation. Typically our customers start out with one or two batteries and upsize as needed.

 

Q: How long can I expect my solar battery to last?
Enphase’s manufacturer’s warranty is 10 years, at which point the battery should still be at 80% working capacity and therefore still quite usable.

 

Q: What do I do if something goes wrong with my solar battery? Does your team provide maintenance or repairs?
Our job here at GoSolar is to help. We’re constantly monitoring the systems’ performance data, and if any parameters out are out of range, we’ll know within 20 minutes. We might be on our way even before you might notice the problem and, in case of battery failure, we replace your battery on the spot and send the old one to Enphase for investigation.

 

Q: Can I take my battery if I move house?
While solar panels increase the selling value of your house and cannot be moved due to STC’s, batteries are an appliance and can be transferred without any issues.

Enphase® Energy // Storage System

Enphase AC Battery™

Delivers the highest lifetime energy value

A key part of the Enphase Home Energy Solution, the Enphase AC Battery delivers the lowest up-front costs and the highest lifetime value for your customers. The Enphase AC Battery is an integrated energy storage system that delivers high performance and superior reliabilty, with the safest battery technology. Its modular architechture can be cost-effective tailored to fulfil your customer’s individual energy needs now and in the future if their needs change.

 
That’s smart energy. That’s energy evolved.

Lower up-front costs

  • Low storage system cost, fast installation and the Unique modularity allow you to design the right system for your customer

Higher performance

  • 96% round-trip efficiency for the battery
  • Two cycles per day delivers twice the value for a faster payback period
  • Most usable capacity with more than 95% depth of discharge

Greater reliability

  • Lithium iron phosphate chemistry from Eliiy Power for long cycle life
  • 10-year warranty
  • No single point of failure

Safer

  • Our prismatic cells from Eliiy Power are highly stable over time
  • Safety certified by TUV Rheinland
  • No high voltage DC in system

To find out more about the Enphase AC Battery, visit

enphase.com/au/ac-battery

Four questions that will help your customer take control of their energy

SELF-CONSUMPTION

1. Why sell valuable solar energy back to the utility for a cheap feed-in tariff rate?

With the Enphase AC Battery, your customers can store their excess PV during the day and use it later.

OWER EXPORT LIMITING

2. Why limit your PV pro-duction because of utility rules against exporting power?

With the Enphase AC Battery, your customers can maximise their onsite PV usage.

TIME OF USE OPTIMISATION

3. Why pay peak energy charges?

With the Enphase AC Battery, your customers can reduce their peak energy charges by drawing from the battery instead of from the grid.

RIGHT SIZE FOR YOUR STORAGE NEEDs

4. Why pay for storage capacity you don't need?

The modular Enphase AC Battery can be cost-effectively tailored to your customer's individual energy requirements now and in the future if their needs change.

Why storage makes sense for the home

Energy production and usage are not aligned.

Store energy at peak production times for use later during peak consumption periods.

How the system works with the
Enphase AC Battery

 

Advantages of an AC Coupled System

  • Upsell new customers and retrofit existing customers— All-AC distributed architecture makes the Enphase AC Battery easy to add to new and existing PV systems alike. No separate inverter needed.
  • Fewer conversions than DC-coupled systems delivers a more efficient overall energy system.
  • No high voltage DC makes the system safe and easy to install.