Indigenous solar company takes on Tesla

Queensland company AllGrid Energy is offering a 10kWh solar energy storage system costing 30 per cent less than the Tesla Powerwall.

Based on Aboriginal cultural respect for the Earth and its resources, AllGrid Energy’s $11,999 WattGrid system allows households to store power produced by solar panels during the day for use in the evening. In combination with a 3kW solar panel array the WattGrid can offer an average of 12kWh per day, or half of the average daily household average, but it can be combined with an array of up to 7kW to provide even more.

WattGrid works by utilising all stored energy before it takes from the grid, but with a larger solar array this may not even be necessary.

AllGrid is expected to start deliveries of the WattGrid in the next two to three months.

The PortaGrid is another product being produced by AllGrid, and as the name suggests it is a portable solar power solution. Designed for emergencies or remote locations off the grid, it comes with panels, inverter and battery storage.

National Parks is currently looking at the PortaGrid as a replacement for its diesel generators.

Commercial-scale systems that can power an entire remote Aboriginal community are also on the horizon.

“This would create energy wealth and energy autonomy for those remote Aboriginal communities,” a spokesperson from AllGrid said.

AllGrid manufactures its products out of Brisbane with a predominately Aboriginal workforce.

A joint effort between the Indigenous owned and operated electrical contracting firm DICE Australia and AllGrid (which is an accredited Indigenous corporation), the company has committed to directing a percentage of all company profits into creating and supporting training and employment programs for Indigenous Australian young people.

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