Solar Storage Batteries

The Benefits of Encharge during Storms and Blackouts

Lindsay Parker

The Enphase Encharge storage system is reliable, smart, simple, safe, and above all it provides backup capability in the advent of a power blackout.

Residential battery capacity in NSW is increasing steadily year-over-year with forecasts estimating deployments will grow nearly four-fold by the end of 2026, according to the most recent report from the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie.

Encharge provides backup power

“NSW homeowners understand all too well the threat severe weather like storms pose to the grid and the immeasurable value of a resilient home battery storage system,” said Lindsay Parker, owner at GoSolar Newcastle, an Enphase Platinum level installer. “IQ8 Microinverters and IQ Batteries will enable our customers to build a system that meets their unique household needs and with Encharge provide reliable backup power to their homes when they need it most.”

Householders in Australia will soon be able to choose to install Enphase’s revolutionary IQ8Microinverters. IQ8-based systems can provide Sunlight Backup during an outage, even without a battery. For homeowners who want battery backup, there are no sizing restrictions on pairing an Enphase IQ Battery with IQ8 Microinverters. In addition, with the Sunlight Jump Start™ feature, IQ8 Microinverters can restart a home energy system using sunlight only after prolonged grid outages that may result in a fully depleted battery. This eliminates the need for a manual restart of the system and gives homeowners even greater resilience.

“10 years ago, over the Pasha Bulker grounding weekend triggered one of the Newcastle’s largest natural disaster-related power outages ever measured, leaving hundreds of thousand households without power,” said Mark Parker, Sales Manager at GoSolar Newcastle, an Enphase Platinum level installer. “Since then, customer demand for reliable backup power has grown. Enphase solar and battery products offer a resilient solution to meet just about every homeowner need. The seamless power transfer with no fuel costs to operate are just a few on many benefits of an Enphase solar and battery system.”

Enphase delivers a safer solar-plus-battery solution that does not expose installers or homeowners to high-voltage direct current (DC). Enphase IQ Batteries feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life and safer operation through excellent thermal stability. The batteries are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. The Enphase IQ Batteries accommodate over-the-air software upgrades and come with a 10-year limited warranty, while Enphase IQ8 solar microinverters can be upgraded to a 25-year limited warranty.

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About the Author

Lindsay Parker

Lindsay is the CEO of GoSolar Newcastle. His business has installed over 7000 solar energy systems in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, and Hunter Valley area since 2010.
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