Hybrid Solar Systems Brisbane: Are they worth the money?

Do you want to go solar after seeing the rise in prices of the grid’s energy? Then you will be disappointed with it as a typical solar system can only power your home through the day when the sun is shining, and you still have to be dependent on the grid for your energy needs at night. But if you want to be completely independent in fulfilling your energy needs, then getting a hybrid solar system can solve this problem.

Today we will tell you everything you need to know about a hybrid solar system, and is it worth the extra money or not? Read through the end, and you will be up with your decision.

What is a hybrid solar system?

A hybrid solar system is nothing different than a grid-tie solar system in terms of energy generation. It also generates the energy from solar panels and transfers it to your home and the grid for further use

The main difference between the two is that the hybrid solar system also stores some unused energy into battery storage before sending it to the grid. This enables you to use energy during blackouts of the grid. You will be the only house in your street to be lit up while all others will be suffering from power loss.

There are other numerous benefits of hybrid solar systems, and we have listed a few of them below:

#1. Ability to use the energy during a blackout

Standard solar systems depend on the grid and will shut down as soon as the grid declares a blackout to everyone. The power loss problem is one thing that makes the traditional solar systems lose their charm here. The reason given by the grid behind turning off the power of your house is because, in case of a blackout, the line workers are fixing the issues with the wiring of the powerhouse. If they enable your home to lit up while there is a blackout, it will continue to export energy to the grid during that period which can become harmful for the worker fixing the wirings.

Hybrid systems, on the other hand, have the power to disconnect from the grid safely during a blackout and shift to the battery power in seconds after the power loss.

#2. Put an end to export limits!

In some parts of Australia, the grid owners do a very mean thing to their consumers, limiting the energy they can export to the grid through their solar system. That means if they impose a limit of 10 kW size so you can only operate in the town with a 10 kW system if you want to connect it to the grid. This majorly affects the consumer as they unwillingly have to get a more minor system than their needs. They ultimately buy more energy from the grid than they would require if they got a more extensive system. This is done to maximize profits from the end consumers by limiting their solar sizes, which makes them helpless and forces them to buy power from the grid.

This is another area where a hybrid solar system shines, as by using a hybrid solar system, you can control your export of energy to the grid while getting a system as big as you want. For example, you can have a system that is capable of generating 15 kW of energy, you use 7 kW in the day, and to trick the grid, you supply only a mere 3 kW of power to them and store the remaining 5 kW in your battery. This way, you can bypass the export limits imposed by the grid and also use the battery-stored energy during the night or power loss.

#3. Reduce Your Energy Bills

By using a hybrid solar system, you can make a significant difference in your energy bills. Let me explain to you how.

The Grid owners are so sharp these days that they know how the solar energy revolution in Australia is eating up their revenue. Hence they have altered the pricing of the energy according to the timings you use them. For example, the energy you use in the morning will be cheaper than the energy you use in the evening. This is done because they know that their customers go to work in the daytime and come home in the evening when the sunset has happened or is on the verge of occurring. The people coming from work in the evening will use most of the energy in the evening time, and as the sun has set, they will not have access to their solar systems, and the only way they can power their house is through the expensive energy that grid offers.

Another tactic that the grid uses is buying the energy at a significantly lower rate than they export. For example, in Adelaide, the feed-in tariffs are 17c/kW, and the grid’s energy prices are 34c/kW. Double!

But you can bypass all this by using hybrid solar systems. When you are at work, i.e., in the daytime, you can use the energy generated by your solar panels to charge your battery instead of sending the same to the grid.  When you return home and use the power, you will use the one stored in the battery which is essentially free to you in place of the grid’s energy which will cost you a fortune!

Cost of Hybrid Solar Systems

This is the part you have been waiting for. What is the cost of having these benefits? How much extra do I need to spend to ditch the grid? Well, that’s what we are going to answer now.

The answer to this is that the cost of getting a hybrid solar system …… depends on your location, quality of the system, and size of the battery (the primary product responsible for the increase of price).

Ok, Ok, as always, to give you a general idea, let’s take an example of a 6.6 kW regular solar system that is grid-tied. A good 6.6 kW solar system costs about $7000 here in Brisbane, and the cost of a 6.6 kW solar system with a 10 kW battery will cost around $18,000. That’s where most of you left the thought of getting a hybrid solar system, and we understand the budget concern. Everyone has their budget by which they have to abide. But it would be best if you thought of it as an investment and not as spending. It will save you thousands of dollars if you see the bigger picture as you will get many benefits from it, as we discussed above.

Are Hybrid Solar Systems worth the extra money?

A simple answer to this is not if you think of it as an economic decision. As the cost of batteries is so high in today’s market, hybrid solar systems won’t pay them back even in their warranty period. That’s why many people don’t want to opt for it.

But there are some cases where it can be an excellent investment.

If you were going to opt for a complete off-the-grid system, then you have to get a lot of extra supplies to make it happen and also a lot of money. Getting an off-the-grid system will cost you many times the cost of a hybrid solar system and sort of the same economic benefits; hence going for a hybrid solar system will be a much better choice here.

Also, if you are thinking of using the benefits of a hybrid solar system, like getting power while a blackout is occurring or reducing your energy bills, even more, the cost of getting a hybrid solar system will not seem a lot to you.

If the export limit situation is present in your state or town, then getting a hybrid solar system becomes a fantastic decision because you will end up buying less energy from the grid, which will eventually save you a lot in the long run.

Conclusion

That was our complete guide to getting a hybrid solar system in Brisbane. We tried our level best to give you honest advice about hybrid solar systems and how they can benefit you in the long run. We also told you the downsides of getting a hybrid solar system, like the cost of it.

If you are still confused about it, you can contact us, and we will clear all your doubts and will help you decide if hybrid solar systems are worth it for you or not.

Author: Harsh Patel

Date: August 3, 2021

Tags: Hybrid Solar Systems

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