Mid North Coast homes plug into battery storage before sun sets on solar scheme
Solar customers across the Mid North Coast are taking back the power ahead of the end of the state’s generous solar feed-in tariffs.
With less than a fortnight remaining until the abolition of the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme, householders have been busy investigating and purchasing battery storage to ensure they remain the beneficiary of their solar investment.
Director of Care Solar Solutions (CSS) Phillip Butterworth said the interest in battery storage technology from Mid North Coast householders had skyrocketed over the past three months.
"From Forster, Port Macquarie and Euroka to Missabotti, in the Nambucca Shire, we've installed battery storage and complete solar and storage solutions to householders across a vast area," Mr Butterworth shared from his base in Port Macquarie.
“This region recorded one of the state’s highest adoption rates of rooftop solar when the scheme was introduced in 2010.
“The end of the scheme on New Year’s Eve means solar customers who receive the 60 or 20 cent kWh feed-in tariff for the clean energy their solar panels feed into the public grid may see this drop as low as 5 cents per kWh."
As a result, more solar customers are looking at alternative ways to continue to benefit from their clean energy investment.
The addition of a battery storage unit means any additional solar power, not consumed at home during the day, will charge the battery in the storage unit for consumption at night. If the battery is emptied, it’s then the building switches over to energy sourced from the grid.
CSS holds the exclusive Australian Phonocube licence (a completely integrated system from Phono Solar which combines the inverter and batteries), and also supplies and installs LG Chem’s next generation RESU (residential energy storage unit) series.
CSS can retrofit householders’ existing solar PV systems with battery storage technology, and supply and install solar panels when required.
Recent customers include families and couples on the verge of retirement who want to reduce their dependency on the energy grid and protect themselves against future energy price rises.