When considering whether a solar battery is right for your home, there’s a few things to keep in mind.
Do you have enough room to store a battery?
Batteries come in a variety of sizes and weights – choosing the right storage capacity might be influenced by the physical size and weight of the battery itself.
Can you install a battery inside or outside?
Batteries can generally be installed either indoors in a non-habitable area or outdoors out of direct sunlight. Whether you can install a battery inside or outside varies depending on the brand and model.
When selecting a solar battery, you may want to consider:
Whether your solar energy production and household energy usage is suitable
Whether your home is right for a battery.
In order to maximise savings from a battery, you will need to have enough excess solar to charge the battery each day and enough energy usage to discharge it each day. When considering which solar battery is right for your home, there’s a few things to keep in mind:
Can you install a battery on the wall or floor?
Can you install a battery indoors or outdoors at your home?
If outdoor, do you have a suitable area with adequate shade or covering?
Do you have enough space to install a battery? Batteries need enough wall space for mounting the hardware. They also need to be separated from habitable areas, windows and doors. Your AGL installer will determine the locations suitable for a battery system during site inspection. If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price.
The current generation of solar batteries cannot completely power an average home in all circumstances.
If you choose to include backup power in your purchase, the AGL installer will work with you to identify which parts of your home can be powered from the battery during a power failure.
It is normal to have some lights and some essential appliances powered from backup power. Batteries cannot supply power required for large appliances like ovens and big air conditioners.
The LG Chem RESU10H can only be installed in a location that is fully protected from direct sunlight. The preferred location is in a garage or car port. A qualified electrician will conduct an AGL site inspection to assess suitable battery installation locations and assess your site to determine where your LG Chem RESU battery can be safely wall mounted.
The Tesla Powerwall 2 has the following features:
Backup power available for an additional cost*
13.5 kWh usable capacity
Fully integrated Tesla inverter
Backup power available
Wall or floor mounted*
Indoor or outdoor installation
Up to 10-year warranty
Floor or wall mounted, indoor or outdoor installation *Backup power is available for an additional $399.Backup power will require modifications to your switchboard which is not included in the cost of a standard installation. A detailed site inspection will be conducted by AGL to assess your switchboard’s configuration for backup power. An AGL battery expert can discuss your specific backup power options. The availability of backup power during a power outage is dependent on having excess power stored in your battery to use at the time of any power outage.
Tesla Powerwall 2 is a next generation, rechargeable, 13.5kWh, advanced lithium-ion battery. It has a fully integrated inverter that enables the storage of energy from your solar system (that would normally be exported to the grid) to be used at times when you and the grid need it, like at night or in the event of a grid power outage. The Powerwall 2 also offers the option of backup power to parts of the home.
AGL’s energy storage experts conduct detailed research on which batteries best suit Australian conditions and lifestyles.
The lithium-ion batteries that AGL has selected are maintenance free, compact and are long lasting, as well as meeting international battery safety standards.
LG Chem RESU batteries use lithium-ion battery technology and LG Chem’s Lamination & Stacking technology, which LG Chem states helps to maintain a superior battery lifespan even with frequent charging and discharging.