We have a fairly extensive solar installation at home. Our panel generation capacity is 9.8kW, our instantaneous export is limited to 5kW which is controlled by the inverter management system. Over a whole day, however, we are permitted to export as many kWh as we can manage.
The kWs our panels generate first serve the house; that done, they charge the batteries and, only once the batteries are fully charged, do we export to the grid. Our electricity bill prior to installing batteries was regularly around $450.00 – $500.00. After batteries, it was $6.50. We now expect it to be more often zero or in credit.
We actually spent 18 months thoroughly researching solar providers, panels, inverters and batteries before making our decision about who to go with and which components to use. (Retirees are time-rich!)
We are very confident that we achieved the best – the best providers, the best components.
As a consequence, we are more than happy to pass on to others the opinions we formed.
What we concluded is that there are numerous traps for the unwary and the uninformed. There are many providers offering “good deals” which, upon close inspection, just don’t hold up – cheap components which will not last and installation practices which are suspect. I’m afraid it’s the old adage that applies: “You get what you pay for.”
If and when you decide to investigate increasing your solar capacity and incorporate battery storage, we can, without reservation, recommend the providers and components we used. The links are listed below.
We found The Greenpower Company to be an outstanding choice as advisor, designer, installer, and Ausnet negotiator.
We found them honest, quality-aligned, punctual, reliable and competitive.
Thank you again