In a $1.5m installation deal signed between Australian owned and operated company Natural Solar and global developer Mulpha, Natural Solar will be providing both home solar and battery systems in the new Essentia development.
The development in Western Sydney’s Norwest is expected to be completed in 2020 and will become Australia’s first new-age residential development with more than 74 homes that have a fully integrated home battery storage solution. This will allow all residents to have their appliances and home consumption automated through battery power.
Each of the homes will be powered by a 5.13kWp solar system, with a 10kWh sonnenBatterie to store excess daytime solar production. In addition, homeowners will have the ability to charge their battery on off-peak power purchased from the grid and utilise the power directly from the battery at times when it would normally be more expensive.
Each household will no longer have to pay for power in the traditional sense. SonnenFlat are distributing the Energy Retailing market through their capped monthly fee model, which limits a homeowner’s electricity bill to $30p/m.
Each battery has a smart learning algorithm, learning from household consumption patterns, and is able to predict and adjust how and when the battery discharges its power. The sonnenBatterie will also be able to modify its behaviour based on the weather forecast, anticipating which time of day and the precise appliances the residents will utilise in order to best maximise savings and offer return-on-investment.
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CEO & founder of Natural Solar Chris Williams said while homeowners will have the ability to access and remotely turn appliances on and off using the sonnen app, the capabilities of the sonnenBatterie extend far further than this.
“Each sonnenBatterie will have the intelligence to decide when to turn appliances on and off in order to maximise self-consumption and savings. Essentially, your home will be able to make the tough decisions when it comes to power usage for you,” Mr Williams said.
Natural Solar has revealed the shift towards battery power has been mammoth with a 2500 per cent increase in the rise of residential battery enquiries in the past 36 months, and a 1100 per cent increase in commercial battery power storage solution enquiries across Australia in the past eighteen months.
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