Solar energy forum showcases new home batteries

Tesla Powerwall Mark 2

Tesla Powerwall Mark 2

If you’ve been thinking of taking a trip down the coast you could do worse than dropping in at the Solar Battery Showcase this Friday taking place as part of the North Coast Energy Forum at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds.

Guest speakers include Giles Parkinson from RenewEconomy and Tiffany Harrison, project coordinator of Zero Emissions Byron.

There will be a large range of batteries suitable for home use on display, including a number of lithium ion and lead acid options, all of which are locally available.

Experts will be on hand to help people identify which batteries are best for their use. Organiser Vicky Brooke said she is ‘thrilled’ to be able to display the new Tesla power wall mark two at the event.

‘For a little over $10,000 installed, about the same price as the mark one, storage capacity has doubled to 14 kWh with an inverted included,’ she added.

‘Some are saying that panels plus Tesla batteries plus grid could be a cheaper option than the standard grid connection,’ Ms Brooke said.

Other interesting battery solutions on display include LG Chem’s modular design that allows households to add capacity as needed and Enphase combining solar, storage and software that tracks production and consumption.

The Solar Battery Expo is part of the North Coast Energy Forum, at the Coffs Harbour Showground on Friday, November 25, 9am to 4pm. Entry is free.

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