How Much Do Solar Batteries Cost In Australia?

Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024 By Finn Peacock, Chartered Electrical Engineer, Fact Checked By Ronald Brakels

What does it cost to add solar batteries to your home? Here’s your go-to guide with up-to-date prices throughout.

Table Of Contents
  1. Solar Battery Prices, Including Installation
  2. What Affects The Cost Of A Home Battery System?
  3. What Affects The Battery Cost?
  4. What Affects Battery Inverter Cost?
  5. What Affects Battery Installation Cost?
  6. Cost Of Different Types Of Battery Finance
  7. Solar Battery Rebates, Deals & Discounts
  8. Tesla Powerwall Pricing
  9. Summary

Solar Battery Costs: February 2024

Here are typical installed prices for popular solar batteries in Australia:

Battery SystemCapacityApprox. Installed Cost
[February 2024]
Cost per kWWarranty
BYD*13.8 kWh$13,300$96410yrs, 60%
Tesla Powerwall13.5 kWh$15,500$1,14810yrs, 70%
Sungrow*12.8 kWh$11,400$89110yrs, 60%
SolarEdge*10 kWh$13,400$1,34010yrs, 70%
Enphase5 kWh$8,600$1,72015yrs, 60%
Jinko*6.9 kWh$9,500$1,37710yrs, 60%
* not including hybrid inverter cost – which can be shared with solar installation cost.

These prices are based on a good-quality, straightforward installation:

  • the battery is installed next to the switchboard
  • no protection bollards required
  • only two backup circuits
  • no switchboard upgrades
  • no fire-resistant backing required.

What Affects The Cost Of A Home Battery System?

What you pay for a home battery system is the sum of the:

  • battery cost
  • battery inverter cost (if required)
  • installation cost
  • finance cost (if applicable)

And if you want to charge the battery from solar – you of course need solar panels too.

Pro-Tip: You don’t need to charge your battery from solar panels. You can charge it from off-peak grid electricity instead. Or you can charge it from a mix of solar and grid. This makes sense because you can now get super off peak tariffs in many states for as low as 8c per kWh. At the moment, there’s even a plan in South Australia charging 0c per kWh for 2 hours in the middle of the day.

What Affects Battery Cost?

Battery Cost Factor #1 Battery Capacity

The energy storage capacity of a battery is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWhs). The higher the capacity, the more kWhs it stores, and the more the solar battery costs.

But there is an economy of scale – the more kWhs you buy, the cheaper the batteries become per kWh:

Battery ModelCapacityApprox Total
installed cost.
Cost per kWh
Istore*5 kWh$9,800$1,960
Istore*10 kWh$14,200$1,420
Istore*15 kWh$18,500$1,233
Sungrow SBR*9.6 kWh$11,500$1,198
Sungrow SBR*12.8 kWh$13,400$1,047
Sungrow SBR*25.6 kWh$20,900$816
Telsa Powerwall 213.5 kWh$15,500$1,148
Telsa Powerwall 227 kWh$27,000$1,000
*Istore & Sungrow includes the cost of the hybrid inverter (which may be shared with solar cost). Powerwall has a built-in inverter.

You can see that buying a small 5 kWh battery costs almost $2,000 per kWh. This is because you only have 5 kWh to share the entire:

  • Battery controller cost
  • Battery Inverter cost
  • Installation cost

Whereas if you buy a 25.6 kWh Sungrow battery, it only costs $816 per kWh. That’s because you only have one battery controller, battery inverter and installation shared amongst all those kWhs. In the case of the Sungrow, this is eight separate 3.2 kWh modules that stack on top of each other. So, the installation of additional modules is very fast.

Sungrow modular energy storage
Midway through installing a Sungrow modular battery with 4 x 3.2 kWh modules. Want more storage? Drop another module on top. (Watch installation video).

Pro-Tip: Be careful you are quoted usable capacity, not nominal capacity. Almost all lithium batteries are quoted in usable capacity, but older-style lead-acid batteries are quoted in nominal capacity, which is more than double what you can actually use.

Battery Cost Factor #2 Chemistry

The chemistry of the home battery affects the cost, which will generally use one of two lithium-ion chemistries:

  • NMC – Lithium Nickel Manganese Oxide: e.g. Tesla Powerwall 2, LG Chem Resu
  • LFP – Lithium Iron Phosphate: e.g. Sungrow, Goodwe, Huawei, AlphaESS

LFP was about 32% cheaper than NMC in 2023.

Nerd Fact: The third generation of Tesla’s Powerwall was rumoured to be LFP to reduce costs, but as more details emerge is seems they’ve stuck with NMC battery cells for the Powerwall 3

Battery Cost Factor #3 Warranty

Cheaper batteries generally have shorter warranties. Don’t be fooled – the marketing may claim ‘10 years’ but look deeper, and they can be as short as 13 months if you discharge them ‘too much’.

A good, reasonably-priced battery will generally have a 10-year warranty that allows you to at least cycle it once per day for ten years with a guarantee of 70% capacity after ten years.

As we move to morning and evening peak pricing, I recommend looking for warranties that allow 2 cycles per day for the warranty period so you can charge from solar panels during the day, discharge in the evening peak, and charge from overnight off-peak and discharge in the early morning peak.

What Affects Battery Inverter Cost?

All home batteries need a compatible inverter to charge, discharge and play nice with the grid. The inverter can be built into the battery appliance (e.g. Powerwall, sonnen) or separate from it (e.g. Sungrow, Goodwe, Huawei).

The inverter’s capabilities directly affect the cost of the battery system in 3 ways:

#1 Single or Three Phase?

If you want an energy storage solution that can charge and discharge across all the phases of a three-phase supply – then your battery inverter needs to be a 3-phase inverter. These cost more than single-phase,

Examples:

  • Sungrow 5 kW single-phase hybrid inverter: $2,300
  • Sungrow 5 kW three-phase hybrid inverter: $3,700

In a Sungrow system with 5kW of power, you’ll pay $1,400 more for the inverter if you want 3-phase, and at least $500 more for the installation.

Pro-Tip: Save on the cost: If you have a 3-phase home, you don’t need a 3-phase battery system. Single phase works fine for most people.

#2 Inverter Power

When pricing a battery, the main factor is its capacity – how much electricity it can store in kilowatt-hours (kWh).

But another specification that affects cost is the battery inverter’s power. The input power limits how fast the battery can charge. The output power limits how quickly it can discharge and how much they can back up.

Examples:

  • Sungrow 5 kW hybrid inverter: $2,300
  • Sungrow 10 kW hybrid inverter: $3,600

The 10 kW inverter can charge and discharge a compatible battery twice as fast, for an extra $1,300

Nerd Fact: The difference between energy and power – as it relates to solar batteries: Energy (kWh) is how much electricity is stored for later use. The battery’s power (kW) is how quickly it can charge or discharge that energy. Think of energy as ‘amount of electricity’ and power as ‘speed of electricity’.

#3 Buying solar + batteries + hybrid inverter together

If buying solar and batteries at the same time – using a hybrid inverter can reduce your total cost because your solar and battery share one inverter. The savings can be around $2,000 compared to retrofitting energy storage to existing solar.

What Affects Battery Installation Cost?

SolarEdge installation
From my video: Installing a SolarEdge battery.

Installation Cost Factor #1: Backup

Most Australians expect backup with their solar battery system. Backup adds to the hardware and installation cost. The backup function is either built into the battery inverter or a separate ‘backup box’.

Some general rules around the cost of solar battery backup.

  • The more you want to backup, the more it will cost. Backing up lights, refrigeration and a handful of power points costs much less than backing up a whole house.
  • If you have loads with high startup currents on your backup circuits, it can cost a lot in high-powered battery inverters such as Selectronic.
  • Backup that can use the solar panels during a blackout to top up your batteries usually costs more than backup that disables your solar power system during a blackout.
  • Adding a ‘override’ switch will add about $200 to the cost but is worth it if it allows you to still power your house in case of a battery system failure. Ask your installer if this is required for their proposed system – as many installers forget to include this.

Installation Cost Factor #2: Battery Location

Distance from switchboard

Australian Standard 5039 mandates where your battery can be located. It is stringent, so you may not have many options. If you can’t or don’t want to install it and associated electronics next to your switchboard, your installers will need to run many metres of cables. This can add $1,000 or more to the installation as it can take at least two people and many hours to get a cable across your house.

Bollards

If your battery is to go into your garage, it will likely need at least one bollard to protect it from errant drivers – like your husband 🤣.

Safety bollard
Install Credit: Chief Electricians Solar

Weather protection

If your battery is installed outside, it should be protected from direct sunlight.

Solar battery sun shade
A sun shade for two SolarEdge batteries. Install Credit: MPV Solar

Fire-rated backing
If your battery will be mounted on a wall with a habitable room behind, it must have a fire-rated back sheet behind it, adding to the cost.

Fire-rate backsheet
Because the other side of this wall is a habitable room, the battery requires a fire-resistant backing extending 600mm to the sides and the top. Install Credit: Lightning Solar

Cost Of Different Types Of Battery Finance

Cash

Using cash in the bank to buy your battery is not cost-free. You pay an opportunity cost on the missed investment earnings, whether that’s interest or other investment income.

Battery Loans

If you get a regular loan for your battery, your loan provider must itemise the cost of that loan to you. You will pay interest, account-keeping fees and set-up fees.

0% Finance

Be careful of 0% finance. The name implies that it is a cheap or even no-cost loan. That is mostly not true. In my opinion, most 0% finance mobs are full of crap because that ‘0% loan’ is only possible by charging the solar retailer a huge premium – typically 25%. That means a $10,000 battery could have $2,500 of ‘merchant fees’ on top. The finance vendors claim they don’t add to your price, but I hope you can see that for what it is.

Having said that – I know of one 0% finance offer that appears genuine:

Government 0% Battery Loans

Governments sometimes support the purchase of solar batteries by subsidising the cost of financing them. This means you can apply for genuine 0% interest loans to pay for some or all of your system.

ACT and Victoria currently offer limited zero-percent loans.

Battery Rebates?

There is no federal rebate to reduce the cost of solar batteries. But there is a local rebate in the NT of up to $5,000 and Queensland’s Battery Booster program provides a rebate of $3,000 or $4,000 for lower income households.

Powerwall Pricing

Powerwall 2 Cost

The Tesla Powerwall 2 is the most popular home battery in Australia. At the time of writing, a fully installed Powerwall is about $15,500 with a simple installation included. If you want to add a second Powerwall 2, expect to pay about $13,000 due to the simpler installation and shared ‘gateway’. Tesla publishes a hardware-only price on their Australian website, which varies frequently.

Tesla Powerwall price history

Powerwall 3 Cost

Tesla has just launched the Powerwall 3 in the US. It has the same energy storage capacity as the Powerwall 2 (13.5 kWh) and is offered at the same price. The standout feature is its inclusion of a 10 kW solar inverter. This means if you’re investing in both the Powerwall 3 and solar panels simultaneously, you could see savings around $2,000, as it eliminates the need for a separate hybrid solar inverter. It’s expected to hit the Australian market by late 2024.

Wrapping Up: Solar Battery Costs in Australia

  • Price Range: Popular solar batteries cost between $8,750 and $15,500 as of February 2024.
  • Economy of Scale: Bigger batteries offer lower cost per kWh.
  • Total Costs: The price tag includes battery, inverter, and installation costs. Finance options can add more.
  • Battery Chemistry: LFP is cheaper than NMC.
  • Warranty: Really cheap batteries often have awful warranties. Look for a 10-year warranty with at least one daily cycle – small print matters.
  • Installation: Distance from the switchboard, 3-phase and backup capabilities can add to the cost.
  • Financing: Be wary of hidden costs in 0% finance offers. Government loans offer genuine 0% interest.

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