How does blackout protection work?

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Infographic: How does blackout protection work?

Have you ever wondered how a solar battery works when the power goes out? It’s called blackout protection and it is a really valuable feature. So if you’ve got a battery, what can you expect when the grid goes down? 


Not all batteries have blackout protection

The first thing to note is that not all solar batteries come with blackout protection, so make sure you know what you’re getting. 

For those that do, there are two main kinds of blackout protection: whole-of-house and emergency power supply.


There are two types of blackout protection

Whole-of-house blackout protection keeps the power flowing to your entire home while emergency systems keep the electricity on to some (not all) electrical circuits in your home. Exactly how many depends on the battery system you’ve got and the amount of energy used by the appliances on those circuits. 

In the case of an emergency system, you’ll choose the circuits or appliances you’d like to keep on during a blackout when your battery system is being installed. You may have to be flexible to account for any restrictions, but generally can choose the circuits you want. 


What happens when the power goes out?

Blackout protection is automatic. If the grid goes down, your blackout protection will kick in and restore the power to your home whether you’re there or not. It will take anywhere from 20 milliseconds to 5 seconds. This means you can stay connected and keep your fridge running.


How do I make sure there’s enough power in my battery for a blackout?

Most battery systems have a ‘reserve capacity’ setting, so you can choose how much power you’d like to keep in your battery at all times in case of a blackout. 


Hazel’s story: the only house with the lights on


Security in a blackout, at no extra cost

Like Hazel, you can get blackout protection with both of DC Power Co’s solar battery packages.


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Designed specifically for households adding solar panels and a battery at the same time, the DC Power Co solar and battery package brings world-leading, tier 1 solar panels together with an Australian-designed battery solution in one streamlined, cost-effective package.

With a backup circuit built-in for instant blackout protection, the package comes in a range of sizes depending on your energy needs, household set-up and budget. Get started with a free, online system estimate to get an idea of how much a system sized up for your needs might cost.

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The DC Power Co Solar Battery Package is our modular battery package that is compatible with any existing solar system. A reliable brand and quality products, it comes with emergency blackout protection included.

Designed to fit you, our battery package’s modular design means you can get one, two or three batteries depending on your family’s needs. With great warranties and free delivery, the DC Power Co Solar Battery Package starts at just $6750 plus installation.

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