Higher power prices help smart solar tech

Marnie Banger
(Australian Associated Press)


Rising power prices are considered one of Australia’s biggest challenges but they aren’t always bad news – particularly if you’re a solar energy company.

The Smart Energy Council – which encourages people to install solar panels and battery storage in their homes along with smart computers to run them – says skyrocketing costs have encouraged more and more people to adopt greener technology.

“It’s all about economics,” chief executive John Grimes told AAP at the council’s annual expo in Sydney on Tuesday.

“For the first time, you’re like the rat that can get out of the maze. You can set up your own system and you don’t need to worry about that anymore.”

Mr Grimes said about 100,000 properties across the country have installed smart systems since 2010 – about 35,000 of those coming in 2017 alone.

Redback Technologies – which offers combined solar, battery and intelligent computer systems – says sales reflect increased enthusiasm for the technology.

“The uptake is increasing month by month,” the company’s sales director Tim Latimer told AAP.

“Energy prices are the number one concern for most people that are looking into getting into solar and having battery storage on the house – that and disenfranchisement with the network.”


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