Adelaide City Council Incentivises Solar Power Battery Storage Systems

Posted on 06 July 2017

Adelaide City Council Incentivises Solar Power Battery Storage Systems

With the recent announcement from the Adelaide City Council that they will be offering incentives to homes and businesses who install a solar power battery system, we are excited to announce that we have teamed up with global technology giants Samsung to increase the use of environmentally friendly solar energy in homes and commercial residences right across Adelaide.

Solar Power Direct will now be supplying Samsung SDI’s ESS (energy-saving solution) solar power battery storage system, which work by storing solar power generated by roof-based solar panels. This allows households, communities and businesses to harness this energy as and when needed, enabling a greener and ultimately cheaper energy solution for the home or business owner.

Homes and businesses that make use of solar power through this new partnership between Solar Power Direct and Samsung SDI can benefit from decreased energy bills, the ability for the ESS to provide emergency power during a power cut and financial incentives, announced by the Adelaide government, which will be covered later in this post.

Samsung’s SDI ESS Solar Battery

Samsung SDI’s all-in-one, fully inclusive ESS can easily be connected to a photovoltaic (PV) system, whether one is already installed or not; Solar Power Direct provide a range of quality solar power cells, panels and inverters, for both commercial and residential properties. These can be found here.

Samsung SDI’s ESS essentially works by storing the charge generated by the PV module during daylight hours and allowing households and businesses to use the energy generated to power their homes when needed, usually at night. The solar battery backup is linked to the power grid, meaning that energy costs are not only saved in that one property, but the benefits are also shared with the wider population, as transmission and distribution costs are reduced with each installation.

The ESS itself is simple and easy to install and can be maintained and controlled remotely, enabling users to check how much energy their solar power battery is storing from the web or via their smartphones, whether they’re at work or on holiday. In the unlikely event of a fault occurring in the system, the ESS includes the ability to sense malfunctions before they happen. If something does slip through the net, Samsung operates a local service network, giving users extra peace of mind should things go awry.

The ESS’ lithium-ion battery is VDE tested and is fully safe to use. What’s more, it’s proven to last 6,000 cycles, significantly longer than lead-acid batteries; although they may be more powerful initially, these soon depreciate to such an extent that they may need to be replaced every five years or so.

Samsung SDI’s ESS battery can last for 10 years or more, without showing a noteworthy downturn in storage capability.

How the Samsung SDI ESS Solar Battery Works

Samsung SDI ESS Stores Solar

How Your Home or Business Uses Stored Solar Power

How a property uses stored solar power

Adelaide Council Incentives for Solar Battery Storage

To encourage people to upgrade to greener solar power solutions, Adelaide City Council last week announced a program – thought to be the first ever established in Australia – to offer homes and businesses in the Adelaide central business district (CBD) financial incentives should they take up the option of installing the solar battery storage systems.

A maximum of $5,000 will now be made available for Adelaide residents and companies that install battery systems in their properties. The decision to reward those deciding to take up solar power complements current government rebates of up to $5,000 towards the expense of solar panels, meaning end-users can benefit from significant financial savings in the long run.

So far, since 2008, grants totalling $200,000 have been paid out by Adelaide Council, resulting in 191 rooftop solar systems being installed in CBD homes.

Solar In Adelaide

Rooftop solar penetration is lower in Adelaide (6%) than it is across metropolitan areas (27%), due to the overwhelming presence of business premises in the CBD; thus the council’s decision to offer the incentive scheme to businesses, schools and community groups in the hope of boosting solar penetration in the area.

The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese, said: “Given that business is 80% of the emitters of the City of Adelaide, by extending these programs to the commercial community and the building owners it actually helps these building owners bring about a more competitive advantage.”

Adelaide is one of Australias greenest cities; it already offers sustainable city incentives, including grants for apartment building energy efficiency upgrades and money for changing quartz halogen down lights to LED.

Haese added: “We are now seeing emerge a range of new smart technologies which present not only opportunities to improve our carbon footprint but also to improve our competitiveness on a commercial level.

“Not only will we have a more liveable city, but we’ll also have a more economically prosperous and sustainable city as a result.”

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