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[VIC] 4.8kwh Solar Storage Battery & Smart Hybrid Inverter for Existing 5kw Solar Systems $1,664* @ Eko Energy (Select Areas)


Disclaimer: I work for www.ekoenergy.co

The Victorian Government (Solar Victoria) has defined a list of postcodes that are eligible for a battery rebate of up to $4,838 that is expiring on 29th February 2020. For more info - https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate.

To be eligible for this rebate 3 of the main criteria are:

  • You already have solar PV panels installed with a capacity equal to or greater than 5kWs
  • You haven't already claimed any rebates from Solar Victoria
  • Sits within one of the 104 eligible Victorian postcodes as identified by Solar Victoria:

3023 3024 3027 3029
3030 3038 3048 3059
3063 3064 3106 3116
3140 3173 3179 3180
3211 3212 3216 3217
3218 3222 3223 3224
3225 3226 3227 3228
3321 3328 3329 3330
3331 3332 3333 3335
3337 3338 3340 3351
3352 3377 3427 3428
3429 3430 3431 3432
3433 3434 3435 3437
3438 3442 3467 3515
3551 3556 3658 3690
3750 3752 3753 3754
3755 3756 3757 3758
3762 3764 3807 3809
3810 3812 3813 3814
3815 3816 3818 3820
3821 3822 3878 3880
3922 3923 3925 3936
3939 3941 3942 3943
3944 3975 3977 3978
3979 3981 3984 3990
3991 3992 3995 3996

If after checking the full eligibility criteria listed on https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate and you believe you are eligible, www.ekoenergy.co are offering a Tier 1, Clean Energy Council (CEC) Approved 4.8kWh battery comprising:

• 5kW Redback Smart Hybrid inverter with 5 Year Warranty (Option to extend to 10 Years) - https://redbacktech.com/homeowner-small-business/
• 4.8kWh PylonTech Battery that stores excess solar power not used during the day to use at night & provides backup power in case of grid blackouts. Comes with a 7^ Year Warranty - http://www.pylontech.com.cn/about.aspx
• Starting Price From $1,664*

Battery Storage is expandable to take up to 11.8kWh. Please contact me if you'd like a detailed quote on a higher capacity battery.

*This offer is inclusive of the means-tested Victorian Governments battery rebate of up to $4,838. Subject to a full technical site assessment by one of our A Grade CEC Accredited installers to determine suitability to current regulations, battery location, wiring & switchboard compatibility, distributor approval before installation. Any additional costs/works will be communicated to you prior to any works commencing.

^Standard PylonTech Battery Warranty is 5 Years, when registered you get an additional 2 Years, totalling 7 Years. PylonTech battery review - https://www.solarquotes.com.au/blog/battery-test-7th-report/

For more info or any questions feel free to email me on kez.hassan@ekoenergy.co or to discuss your interest in a battery solution over the phone, feel free to book in a convenient time here - https://info.ekoenergy.co/meetings/kez-hassan1


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  • +3 votes

    Thus cool. When’s NsW getting on board?!


    not a big battery.

    On a good day I get about 40kwh produced from my 5W inverter.

    • +1 vote

      True. But for overnight load there’s generally not much being drawn from the grid. So kind useful


      The Redback battery cabinet is a stackable modular unit that can take up to an 11.8kWh (or there is functionality to daisy chain up to 3 cabinets x 11.8kWh = 35.4kWh battery capacity) We also offer the Tesla PowerWall 2 13.5kWh battery.


        price for the PowerWall 2?


          With Vic Gov Battery rebate $10,470 without $15,308 fully installed subject to site inspection

        • +2 votes

          Curious also what they currently go for..
          at what, 50c kwh peak (worst case scenario) and 100% charge (meaning no FIT, 10 to 20c kwh, im currently on 21) and 100% usage

          13.5kwh of usable capacity per day is worth
          13.5 * $0.50 (supply not taken from grid at night) - 13.5 * $0.20 (feed in you don't get as you charged the battery)
          = $6.75 - $2.70
          ~$1500/year (absolute best case scenario of 100% charge, 100% discharge, zero degradation in capacity over time)

          If FIT goes to 0 you're closer to $2500/year and the maths start to make more sense.

          above price of $15000 makes it a 10 year for break even (best case), which is also what the warranty period is for a one cycle per day use..


        any difference apart from 1.7kWh more on tesla powerwall2 ?


    4.8kwh, my plugin hybrid car has a battery about 3 times that capacity.

    • +2 votes

      I’ll call the newspaper.

      Seriously though, would be cool if u could utilise that overnight.


        there's some guys trying to do that with the nissan leaf, but not worth it in the end. Electric car cost is about $20k extra for similar specs model at the moment, so you'd better off spending half of that for a PW2 or similar sized battery and pocket the difference to upgrade to a nicer car.


          They are waiting for the V2G/V2H permit to be approved.


          Or buy a second hand plug in hybrid electric car for less cost than a Powerwall 2. Set it up with V2H (not exactly mainstream yet to be fair). Anyone who works/ parks in an open carpark should have a small solar carport (say made of 12 panels), where the sun could charge the car during the day (and any excess could power the house once home). The cost of constructing said carport would be cost neutral after a couple of years and the environment might have half a chance. I have a car with a 12kw battery and a 3kw solar system. Its doable and has been for 5 years. Driving in peak traffic burning petrol is so rediculous, will have to tell the kids that this is what we used to do… Crazy hey..and sorry.


            @tunzafun001: so you only drive your EV at night?


              @lostn: Currently charge during the day when I can at around 500w less than what solar is producing.

              Charge with off-peak at night (which is 1 cent different per kWh than solar feed in). So currently basically using the grid as a battery storage at a cost of $1 per day. However, AGL provide a credit of $60 per 90 days if you have an electric car, so grid connection is more like 30c per day. A home battery storage system isn't really cost effective when the grid is 30c per day..plus…

              Can use the car to power the house when there is a blackout etc and use power if not required for the car the next morning. So power coming from the car is either free (solar) or 16c/ kwh, vs 40c/kWh direct from the grid.

              However, not sure why I got negged above (maybe too much of a different mind set), but I would love to setup a basic carport / cover at work with solar panels on it. Obviously all at my cost, but without needing to pay for fuel and power savings when at home, it would pay itself off in no time. Plus the car would have cover during the day. Work would get any excess power credits, plus weekend feed in. Environmental benefits are huge. I think we all should be doing this. Ie, picture any open carpark now having cover and being a solar farm.


                @tunzafun001: every charge/discharge cycle shortens the battery's lifespan. I don't know if that's a good idea in the long run.


                  @lostn: This is true, but if you are going to pay a few thousand for a home battery anyway it will still also degrade.

                  For reference, my 2014 model car has now got 135 000km on it and 93% battery capacity. I figure by the time it's dead it would save me more than a new battery multiple times over (probably 135k and 5years+ is done and dusted in many peoples eyes already). However, if we all do it, then the game will change as they will need to source fuel revenue from somewhere else.


    What's the most cost effective/cheapest battery on the market that doesn't cost more than $3000?


    Why do they limit it to random postcodes? That isn't fair at all.

    • +1 vote

      cough marginal seats cough

      • +1 vote

        That would be my initial reaction except I’m on there and live in a very safe Labor seat.


      Probably areas where the grid is more likely to be destabilised during the day due to high rooftop solar generation during the day. If this excess is absorbed by batteries it will help this situation.


      The battery program targets designated postcodes with high PV penetration and population growth. For an area to be considered a designated postcode it must:

      be a high growth suburb
      have high PV penetration


    What would be the cost for a battery system that works on a 3 phase supply? I got a 9.3kW PV system with a 7Kw Inverter. I am eligible for the battery rebate


      With Redback you can add a battery system to each phase of your supply.

      If you decide to install on just one phase then $1,664. If you decide on 2 phases then $8,166. If you want all 3 phases then $14,668.

      Its best to determine over the phone what your goals are, what you want backed up if there is a blackout, what is connected on each phase etc. Feel free to book in a no obligation free telephone consultation with me here - https://info.ekoenergy.co/meetings/kez-hassan1


    Any chance of getting the whole shebang installed as one, solar panels, inverter and battery? Or does that not qualify for the rebate?


      Can be done and we have done it for clients.

      The way to do this is for us to install your solar first with no Vic rebate and no battery. Then you apply for the $4838 battery rebate, and once you are approved, we can install your battery.

      This is more cost-effective as you are getting the $4838 battery rebate rather than the $1888 solar panel rebate.

      Feel free to book in a time to discuss this with me here - https://info.ekoenergy.co/meetings/kez-hassan1


    Implies replacement is required of potentially a perfectly good inverter?

    Any battery options that work with existing systems as a whole?

    • +1 vote

      Tesla Powerwall is AC coupled, but different price point.


      Your existing inverter will remain as is and it won't be replaced (unless it's old and passed its warranty period, then we would recommend replacing)

      The Redback and Tesla option would work with your existing system in what is known as an AC coupled setup.

      If you'd like to discuss further, feel free to book in a convenient time here - https://info.ekoenergy.co/meetings/kez-hassan1

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