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New Home builder uses Solar Batteries

 Happy builder with happy and safe clients


Tesla installation with Solar Edge

When building a new home on some of the newer estates the electricity grid may not be as stable as it is in the inner suburbs. When Castlemaine builder Warren Hughes had a contract to build a new home in Taradale, a little town on the Calder highway between Melbourne and Bendigo, this became abundantly clear.

Warren Hughes builders called us and said that his new homeowners were concerned that the electricity supply may interrupt their daily activities and asked us for a solution. He said to us that he trusted our knowledge on this type of application as we had done off grid installs before. Although in this case, it was an on-grid installation. We still had the right knowledge to suggest the best solution for his client. And that was a Solar Battery hybrid installation

Hybrid Electrical

A hybrid electricity situation is when the electricity supply is connected to the grid but other elements are added (such as Solar, Batteries, Wind etc.) to give a more stable supply.

Having this trust, he insisted that we talk directly to his customer without him being involved. This was an ideal situation for him as he could then get on with doing what he does best, knowing that we will be doing what we do best. And that is Solar Battery solutions.

As mentioned in an earlier story we met with the soon-to-be house owners and we talked about what they really wanted. It is important for us to have this conversation as we want to know what they are thinking and really trying to achieve. They said that in a situation of fire or disaster they wanted to have stable communication. What this conversation established was that they were afraid of was being isolated and shut off with no communications and more importantly, no water pumps.

Now another thing was that they were on a 2-phase electrical grid. Thus, in this case, some appliances were on phase one and others were on phase two. Both phases had to have back up.

SolarEdge and Powerwall

Our solution was to have 2 SolarEdge 5000 inverter chargers and 2 Tesla batteries that are capable of 6.5kW hours each (one for each phase).  With 10kW of solar on the roof, the solar edge units can control the system and make sure the batteries are charged for when they are needed.  Here’s a video explaining the system in more detail

Happy builder with happy and safe clients

The outcome was that the house was built and the unstable grid was fully backed up by the solar battery system. More importantly, the builder had shown his clients that there was more to a house than the structure. It is the home and protection that the house gives that is so important.