At the BEAM Annual General Meeting on September 16th, guest speaker Gavin Ashley commented that the NSW state government was a national leader in promoting Community Owned Renewable Energy. The launch of the NSW Home Solar Battery Guide is very timely.
The guide is applicable beyond NSW of course, and it aims to help householders make informed decisions when considering buying and owning a battery system. The full guide can be downloaded as a pdf, or you can access various relevant chapters using the following links:
- Your home solar battery guide – energy system insights; key messages in the guide; common motivations for buying batteries; how to use this guide.
- Understanding your energy use – how to access energy information; making sense of energy tariffs; easy alternatives to batteries; making more use of existing solar.
- Your home power station – how a home power station works; battery basics; battery chemistries; environmental benefits and impacts of home solar batteries.
- Designing a home power station – three main options for adding battery storage; battery sizing; backup power; future proofing.
- Will a battery save me money? – calculating the ‘payback period’ for a battery; typical payback periods in 2017; the bottom line on investing in a battery.
- Buying a solar battery – what to expect from a quote; choosing an installer; assess your purchasing options; grid connection.
- Owning a battery – manage and operate your battery; monitoring and maintenance; safety; consumer rights and protections.
- Additional information – frequently asked questions; glossary of battery-related terms; links to more information; assumptions for our calculations.
Five fact sheets are also available, giving a quick overview of key topics:
- How do home solar batteries work?
- Will a home solar battery save you money?
- Should I go offgrid for my electricity?
- Choosing a home solar battery
- Ways you can control your energy use