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ENERGY FREEDOM

A solar power system with storage enables homeowners to capture energy throughout the day to use at night. It also provides power during short-term power outages. Not only does this allow homeowners to reduce energy costs, it also means there is less reliance on the grid.

CREATE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE WITH SOLAR

Australian energy providers demand increases at an average of 2.5% per year3 which, combined with growth in energy consumption globally, inevitably results in price rises. Having a solar power system with battery storage will provide you with a 'hedge' against future energy cost increases, minimising your overall costs and giving you peace of mind that you aren't solely at the mercy of energy companies. In fact, every time energy prices increase, your solar and storage investment becomes more valuable. It's like beating the house at a casino.

With rooftop solar power capacity in Australia forecast to grow from 5 gigawatts (GW) today, to 19.7 GW by 2036-371, solar solutions are becoming increasingly popular for homeowners and businesses alike, both of which are seeking energy independence. However, only a fraction of Australian homes have solar systems with storage capabilities installed, leaving the vast majority exposed to power outages.

It is important to note that all solar systems provide a degree of energy independence, as you do not need to rely on the electricity utility for all your power. The addition of an energy storage system enables even greater independence.

Any existing solar system can have energy storage added, allowing you to store solar power during the day for use at night or during a power outage. By banking your energy, you increase the energy independence of your home or business without having to sell it to the utility at a low price.

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OFF-GRID ENERGY

Solar panels, combined with battery storage enable a home to be powered off-grid.

A safe solar solution for true energy independence

To ensure your solar system can provide power to your home during an outage, it must include an energy storage system, referred to regularly as 'batteries'. As with solar panels, not all storage systems are the same, with many utilising high voltage DC, which is susceptible to dangerous DC arc faults, just like conventional DC solar systems.

There are energy storage systems that only use low voltage DC which are also compatible with safe solar technologies, as illustrated below.

DID YOU KNOW?

(1) Adding energy storage to a solar system is a great way to increase your energy independence.

(2) As with conventional DC solar, some energy storage systems use high voltage DC and are also susceptible to DC arc faults.

(3) There are energy storage systems available that only use low voltage DC and are compatible with safe solar technologies.

(4) The average cost of solar has decreased by 89% since 20102.

Solar Battery Storage Forecast

SOLAR GROWTH

Solar with storage is close to zero today but is anticipated to grow to 5.6 GW by 2036-371.

EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF SAFER SOLAR

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FIRE SAFETY

Select the right safe solar solution and protect your home from fire.

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SAFE SOLAR FAQs

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INVESTMENT SAFETY

Safe solar solutions typically harvest more power over the life of the system.

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1. https://aemo.com.au/energy-systems/electricity/national-electricity-market-nem/nem-forecasting-and-planning/forecasting-and-planning-data/nem-electricity-demand-forecasts/2017-electricity-forecasting-insights/key-component-consumption-forecasts/rooftop-pv-and-battery-storage
2. https://enphase.com/en-us/stories/misconceptions-about-solar
3 https://www.energy.gov.au/sites/default/files/australian_energy_statistics_2019_energy_update_report_september.pdf

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