Get power over storms

The Courier-Mail - Home - - EDITOR’S NOTE - EMILY BLACK

With the early ar­rival of Queens­land’s storm sea­son, what bet­ter time to in­vest in an in­home bat­tery stor­age sys­tem to har­ness the full po­ten­tial of your so­lar power sys­tem.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy Queens­land state man­ager Bruce Gunn said the state had al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced sev­eral se­vere thun­der­storms this sea­son, with re­ports of large hail and tor­na­does.

“Queens­land ex­pe­ri­ences a peak in se­vere thun­der­storms every spring and sum­mer, typ­i­cally be­tween Oc­to­ber and December,” Mr Gunn said.

So­laire Prop­er­ties are at the fore­front of sustainable house de­sign and di­rec­tor and busi­ness man­ager Har­ley We­ston said the com­pany built homes to give a pos­i­tive im­pact just by liv­ing there.

He said the homes were packed with in­no­va­tive fea­tures, in­clud­ing the Tesla Pow­er­wall 2s for all en­ergy stor­age needs.

“Th­ese bat­ter­ies have a com­bined stor­age ca­pac­ity of 27kw, which when used ef­fec­tively has the abil­ity to run the house com­pletely off the grid for sev­eral days with­out be­ing recharged,” he said.

“The ben­e­fit that so­lar cou­pled with bat­tery stor­age has over just so­lar pan­els is that you can keep the power that you cre­ated for free in your own home.

“Elec­tric­ity in Queens­land is pur­chased for roughly 27¢ per kilo­watt, but when it is fed back into the grid dur­ing the day as ex­cess en­ergy, the home­owner is only paid 7¢ a kilo­watt, so there is lit­tle ben­e­fit in sell­ing back to the grid in the cur­rent mar­ket.”

Mr We­ston said this tech­nol­ogy was es­pe­cially im­por­tant in Queens­land, where thun­der­storms of­ten brought pe­ri­ods of power out­ages, or ex­treme weather events such as floods that could take down ar­eas of the net­work for extended pe­ri­ods.

“With the Tesla ap­pli­ca­tion there is no no­tice­able change in your home when the grid dis­con­nects, ex­cept for a mes­sage to your phone, which in­di­cates the house is now on bat­tery back-up,” he said.

“Dur­ing nor­mal ev­ery­day use, the home will take en­ergy from so­lar as a pri­or­ity and then the bat­ter­ies will be drained en­tirely be­fore the home au­to­mat­i­cally switches over to the grid as a last re­sort for power.”

Mr We­ston said So­laire homes had an ad­di­tional fea­ture, “Go Green’’, which al­lowed the res­i­dent to turn off ev­ery­thing ex­cept the fridge, se­cu­rity and wash­ing ma­chine.

“This al­lows busy mums and dads to put on a load of wash­ing, grab the kids who have every light, TV and PlayS­ta­tion in the house on and in a touch of a but­ton turn them all off, walk out the door with a se­cure house and come home to clean laun­dry and plenty of power avail­able,” he said.

So­laire Prop­er­ties are at the fore­front of sustainable house de­signs of­fer­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing bat­tery stor­age from your so­lar sys­tem, to keep your home fully pow­ered dur­ing Queens­land’s storm sea­son.

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