Want A Battery? Then Don’t Claim The $2,250 Victorian Solar Rebate

Victorian solar panel rebate vs. battery rebate

Hey Victorians, do you want the $2,250 panel rebate or the $4839 battery rebate?

Update 17 May 2019: Solar Victoria have provided us with two clarifications

  1. The VIC battery rebate is capped at 1,000 per year for 10 years. So there is a chance you won’t get it even if eligible. Bear that in mind if you decide not to claim the VIC panel rebate.
  2. You can pay a deposit before you apply for your rebate – but it is recommended that your installer confirms, in writing, that it will be refunded if you don’t get the rebate.

At the moment the Victorian solar industry is at a standstill. Phones that were ringing off the hook two weeks ago have fallen silent. [Read more…]

Smart Energy Council Says Dumb Things About Batteries

Smart Energy Council - solar batteries

On Thursday the 1st of May the Smart Energy Council put out a press release that strongly implied home batteries can pay for themselves.  Unfortunately, at this time, they don’t with the possible exception of South Australia with their hefty subsidy of up to $6,000.  Anyone who says they do without a large subsidy is either being ignorant, incompetent, or deceptive. [Read more…]

Fact Checking An SA Government Press Release Spruiking Their Battery Subsidy

SA home battery scheme

Last Sunday the South Australian State Government issued a press release spruiking its Home Battery Scheme.

It is clearly aimed at getting more South Australians to fork over thousands of dollars for a home battery, no doubt triggered by the fact that – at the current run rate – it will take 15 years for them to flog all 40,000 subsidies, despite throwing about $100,000 per month at advertising the Home Battery Scheme.

This will be a very simple blog post. I will simply rate each paragraph of the press release on my humble opinion of its truthfulness. [Read more…]

SolarQuotes Vodcast Episode #5

Last Friday Ronald and I sat down in SQHQ to discuss the previous 7 days on the blog. Here are the posts we discussed, along with links to the relevant place in the video. [Read more…]

Craig Kelly Calls SA Big Battery A Failure – After It Works Exactly As Expected

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly MP and the Big Battery

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly is upset the SA big battery is not magical.

Craig Kelly is…

  • A Liberal Member of Parliament.
  • A supporter of health damaging and environmentally destructive coal power.
  • The only Federal MP with a nuclear reactor lodged in his seat.
  • A man who resembles a big cuddly koala bear with a shaved face.

Recently he published a 419 word essay on his facebook page titled, “THE GREAT BATTERY CONJOB EXPOSED”. [Read more…]

Canberra Battery Test Centre Update — BYD Battery Comes Out On Top

Lithium Ion Battery Test Centre Results

The results show some big name batteries performing pretty poorly…

The Lithium Ion Battery Test Centre in Canberra has released a new report.  They released it 5 months ago but I’ll make apologies for tardy reporting later.  [Read more…]

Tesla Popup Store In Adelaide Quotes $9,300 Powerwall Installed By Killer Robots

Tesla popup store in Adelaide, South Australia

Yesterday I visited a pop-up Tesla store in Adelaide.

Tesla has told me they can provide a fully installed Powerwall 2 in South Australia for $9,300 after the state’s $6,000 battery subsidy.  The three phase version will cost “a few hundred dollars more” and there is a 12 week waiting period. [Read more…]

Tesla Big Battery’s First Year: Lowers Electricity Prices, Makes Money, Is Not On Fire

Tesla Big Battery - Hornsdale Power Reserve

The Hornsdale Power Reserve or “Tesla Big Battery” is One! And it’s been quite successful.

The Tesla Big Battery in South Australia came online last year on the first of December.  It’s now one year and 18 days old.  Despite the involvement of Elon Musk and Tesla it’s not actually called the Tesla Big Battery.  Its real name is the Hornsdale Power Reserve.  Personally, if I had been asked, I would have called it Elonia Princess of Power, but I wasn’t consulted and so my naming talents continue to be squandered. [Read more…]

It Appears Impossible To Save Money With The Queensland Battery Grant

Queensland battery grant - a useless subsidy?

Don’t Rush Into Getting A $3,000 QLD Battery Grant:  It Can Cost You Dearly.

Yesterday a Queenslander asked me for advice.  This is not unusual.  I’m originally from Queensland, so I understand their primitive ways.  I also take care to maintain their respect by never making fun of my home state and only ever saying things about it that are factually true.  Such as the plants want to kill you.

This Queenslander asked me if he should take advantage of his state’s $3,000 battery grant scheme[Read more…]

Alpha ESS Battery Review: Everything You Need To Know About The Storion-SMILE

Alpha ESS Battery Review

The Alpha ESS Storion SMILE battery is the second battery eligible for the SA Battery ‘rebate’. But is it worth considering?

Alpha ESS is a Chinese manufacturer of home battery systems.  Because they have promised to do some assembly in Adelaide they are now the second company eligible to receive South Australia’s substantial home battery subsidy, as reported by Michael here. More batteries will become eligible in January. [Read more…]