Great for Grid Connected Solar!
If you, or a family member are home throughout the day and can use the solar power as it’s being generated, you will be in the best position to save money. You may be saving up to $0.30c/kWh (vs. only 0.06c/kWh for energy fed into the grid!)
A grid connected system without battery storage would be the most cost effective option for you and although it will not provide ALL of your energy usage, it will provide the quickest payback periods.
Here is an example graph showing the hourly usage of a family with a home office operating throughout the day and children at school.
As you can see, an appropriately sized solar power system will allow self-consumption of almost all solar energy produced and export very little back to the grid. This means power utilised throughout the day will be provided almost solely from the sun’s energy. Only the morning and evening power will be provided by the grid.
You will also notice that there is still is a large peak in the evening when everybody is home and using power (think lighting, cooking, TV’s, computers, heating and cooling etc.) which could be offset by installing battery storage…
Installing a battery storage system will allow further energy savings, but it will also increase the cost of the system.
With battery technology evolving at a rapid pace, you may opt to install a straight grid connect system now, but opt for more efficient panels to maximise roof space for future add-ons as battery pricing falls.
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