General solar battery information

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What is a solar battery?

A battery stores excess solar energy from your solar system in a battery for use later in the day when the sun goes down and your solar system is no longer generating electricity. 


How does a solar battery work?

Solar batteries store the electricity produced by your solar system to be used at any time of the day or night, whether the sun is shining or not. 

When the sun’s up, your solar system will automatically charge your battery. When the sun goes down and your solar panels stop producing electricity, your battery will automatically kick in and start powering your home.

And if you use all the electricity stored in your battery, your home will automatically start pulling energy from the electricity grid. So there’s no need to worry, the lights won’t go out!


How do I know if a solar battery is right for me?

If you want to make the most of solar system and  consume more of the free electricity that it produces, then a solar battery is worth looking into. If you also value being less dependent on the electricity grid and having back-up electricity in the event of a blackout, then it makes even more sense.


Does the DC Power Co Solar Battery Package work with 3 phase electricity connections?

The DC Power Co Solar Battery Package does work for 3 phase electricity connections, however it’s important to note that the battery system is reasonably small compared to some other 3 phase options. 

If you’ve got a 3 phase connection, we generally recommend purchasing the package with a 3 phase energy meter for an extra $100, rather than the standard single phase meter that usually comes with the package.

If you’re unsure about the best option for you, please speak to your installer or get in touch with us at [email protected].


Is the DC Power Co Solar Battery Package suitable for off-grid solar systems?

Our new Sungrow Hybrid Inverter (SH5K-30) does have the capability to black start in the event of an extended blackout and even operate off-grid. It’s not designed as an off-grid system as such (at least for normal sized homes) but it would operate as in off-grid mode for a small holiday home for example. Some limitations apply, so we recommend consulting an electrician if you intend to operate the battery permanently off-grid.


View the DC Power Co Solar Battery Package here

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