Protect yourself from blackouts this summer

Recently announced, The Australian Energy Market Operator have expressed concerns over the flimsiness of Victoria’s electricity grid and outlined plans to pay major power users to commit to reducing their energy consumption during times of peak demand and in emergencies.

With this summer set to be one of the hottest on record, AEMO have predicted that there is a one in three chance of power failures in Victoria this summer

Unfortunately, households with grid connected solar panels installed are in the same situation as non – solar households. In the event of a blackout, solar power systems are prevented from exporting excess electricity to the grid. This is to ensure the safety of the electricians working on the infrastructure and to protect from further damage.

In the event of a blackout, solar power systems are prevented from exporting excess electricity to the grid

With the threat of blackouts looming you can put your own contingency plan in place, by installing a solar battery. Depending on the size of your system and the power demands of the household, you will need a battery that provides you ample power and has blackout protection.

Battery storage systems take excess energy from your solar panels throughout the day, and rather than sending it back to the grid, it is used to charge the battery system. When the sun goes down, the battery will continue to give you power for a period of time, using the excess energy stored from your panels. A battery with blackout protection will ensure that your essential appliances are powered throughout the blackout, things like refrigerators, WiFi, TV and lights.

To protect yourself against blackouts call Solar Service Group on 1300 40 41 42