HOT TOPIC: There has been a significant rise in small-scale solar in WA.

Battery power shift in store

If news from the science and banking communities proves to be as promising as it sounds, a new business opportunity is brewing that promises to be as disruptive and profitable as the early years of mobile phones – while also derailing a century-old government service.


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Dalkeith, WA
No doubt there are some 'disruptive' changes coming down the track - possibly quite quickly. In just 5 years, domestic rooftop solar energy harvesting systems (aka solar PV systems) in WA have dropped 3-fold in price. However, early adopters for energy storage solutions mentioned in this article will still be paying quite a hefty amount to install batteries to store excess energy harvested during the day, for use after dark. The biggest hurdle as I see it, is that most older grid-tied domestic inverters may not be compatible with battery storage. This will mean acquiring a new fit-for-purpose inverter. At say $900 per kWh of battery storage plus another few $k's for a repacement inverter, there's got to be a good 'business case' for the average household to make the change.

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