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  1. Water heating is gas storage unfortunately. A change to elec might be on the cards once I have solar. House heating is: Gas ducted (whole house), Reverse cycle (main living room), wood burner (main living and rumpus rooms). The gas ducted does a poor job of heating the main living area so it's usually set low (~15deg) to keep the place from getting too cold and we use either the wood burner or air con for that room. From the sound of it there's not much need from the grid so I wouldn't expect to make much money that way. I've been thinking al
  2. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by that so I'll just explain what I'm generally hoping to achieve by adding a battery, be it this VPP through origin or otherwise. - make better use of the power generated by my panels. eg. give me the ability to consume 'my' power outside of the sunny hours, rather than receiving a pittance through FIT's. That battery will not cover all my needs all the time so I'm happy to pay for power from the grid for any shortfall, expect the system should draw from the battery before taking any power from the grid. - I want the battery
  3. I came across this Virtual Power Plant scheme that Origin energy offer. https://www.originenergy.com.au/solar/panels-batteries/virtual-power-plant.html In short, you get a discounted price battery and the power co can draw from that battery whenever they want (has never happened in last 4yrs apparently). You get $ credited when they take power. I'm tentatively considering it for my place (have another topic on that here) so made online inquiry yesterday, got a call back quickly and received the quote today. System Cost $15,817 [ 6.6kW Panels (Trina
  4. Sure. Shoot me a pm please.
  5. Received the quote for the bigger system, consisting of 28 × 370W Panels ( LONGi or JINKO ) + Sungrow 8kW inverter Subtotal $12,175 135 STCs 7 × $37.00 −$4,995 Victorian SolarPV Rebate −$1,850 Victorian SolarPV Loan −$1,850 Total inc. gst = $3,480 up front (post rebate and loan) => total out of pocket = $5330) So, that's a $2280 extra over the 5kW system using the same components. I reckon I'll go for it.
  6. That'd make my blood boil. Seems like a great way to maximise the benefit of your solar. Now if only the EV batteries could be used to power your house!!.
  7. Company is Pristine Solar (came across the deal on ozbargain). yeah, most panels I can afford now is my new thinking. We have the $$ available so it's better to invest in saving money than just offsetting the mortgage. I guess I could afford and have room for more than 8kW of panels, but I think returns would be somewhat diminishing as I'd start encroaching on areas that get partially shaded. Fronius adds another ~$1K on the Sungrow. I did a bit of reasearch into the sungrow and it seems to be one of the better cheap inverters and reasonably well regarded so I t
  8. I'm now wondering if I should increase the system size and go back to a split design. eg. 8kW with 16x330w panels on east side and 8 x 330w on west side If I'm being realistic I don't think we'll be very good and changing our usage to suit mostly morning energy production, so some on the west side would be good. It might mean I need to trim a few tall trees nearby to reduce the shading, but that's OK.
  9. I received my quote yesterday then tweaked it a little to change layout, inverter and panels . Their proposed layout was 10 panels east side + 10 west side, but due to the west side being much more shaded than the east I thought it was best to keep them all on that side. Panels were changed to higher output (18 x Jinko 370w panels) to allow all to fit on the large south east area of the roof. Inverter changed on installer recommendation (Sungrow SG5K-D inverter 5kW) . Total system = $8082 86 STCs = -$3182 VIC PV rebate = -$1850
  10. thanks for the input guys. I've asked installer for their recommendations where to spend extra money. Fronius inverter and Jinko panels seems like a common combination they do for better systems.
  11. I'm really tempted by a 'too good to pass up' deal I saw yesterday. It's a young company (~2yrs), but feeback I've found has been positive so I think I'll take a punt. The package includes: - Seraphim 330W panels (25yr performance and 15yr product warranty) - 5kW Growatt Inverter (10yr warranty) Other products are available for extra cost so I'm after opinions on whether it's worth chipping in more (say ~ $1000) to improve the system ?? (eg. increase size, different panels, inverter or otherwise) Thoughts?
  12. cheers. I thought that might be the case.
  13. A smart plug with built in meter is good option too. You can monitor from a phone etc which is handy if the socket isn't accessible to view (eg. behind a fridge), and I believe it'll log history so good to work out consumption of intermittent loads. <$20 for this one. https://www.bunnings.com.au/arlec-grid-connect-smart-plug-in-socket-with-energy-meter_p0135442
  14. Good. Cheer another consideration in all this is the fairly unreliable power in my area . We have at least one short outage a month on average. Wondering about a small battery setup to handle just 10min or so backup power. ?!
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