Battery storage uptake by households surges as grid costs soar
Battery storage systems being installed in Australia look set to confirm earlier predictions that battery installations will treble in 2017.
New data from the SunWiz 2017 Mid-Year Battery Report shows more than 7000 battery installations took place across Australia in the first six month of 2017. By contrast there were 6500 installations recorded for all of 2016. Current projections say Australia is headed for a total of more than 20,000 energy storage battery installations by the end of 2017.
Leading the charge to home batteries is New South Wales, which is home to 21 per cent of installations so far this year. Queensland comes a close second with 18 per cent, followed by Victoria, at 12 per cent.
According to the Sunwiz report, the boom in home battery storage installations – most are being sold in combination with a rooftop solar system, it says, rather than to existing solar households – is being driven mainly by major power price hikes, as homes and small businesses seek to minimise the electricity they import from the grid, by maximising the consumption of their rooftop solar.
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