What is a Hybrid system?
A Hybrid system is a grid-connected solar system that has batteries. While the sun is out, whatever your system is producing that you are not directly consuming gets sent to the batteries. Once the batteries are fully charged, the excess production that you are not consuming will be diverted back to the grid and you will receive credit for this from your energy retailer (Feed-in Tariff).
When the sun goes down, you will consume energy from your batteries and once you have used all of your batteries usable capacity, you will then consume your energy from the grid.
Why do we love Soltaro?
Soltaro is an Australian designed product with a 5-year product warranty (10-year upgrade available) and a 10-year performance warranty.
The Soltaro Hyper unit has an inverter on the top (choice of 3kW, 3.6kW or 5kW) and a battery on the bottom (2kWh or 4.5kWh), you can have up to 5 batteries to the one inverter.
The battery consists of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) and offers a 90% DOD (Depth of Discharge)
Unlike some other Hybrid setups, Soltaro will continue to work if the grid fails (power outage).
The above image is a Soltaro Hyper system we installed which consists of two 5kW inverters with one 4.5kWh battery each. When the grid fails for our customer, he still has use of 10kw of inverter and 9kWh of storage to get him through.
Did you know that there has been a national electricity price increase by 20-30% on July 1st 2019? And this is set to be an annual trend for years to come.
What does this mean for you?
In our opinion, there’s never been a better time to go solar!
If you already have solar and have been thinking about adding batteries to your system (turning it into a hybrid system) we would have previously told you ‘It’s not viable right now, batteries won’t pay for themselves over the life of the battery’.
With this electricity price increase, batteries will start to make financial sense for more people. It is important to ensure you have enough excess energy each day to charge a battery.
Contact us for more information as it will still be selective homes that it makes financial sense for.