Keeping up with the increasing demand of household solar

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In the past year, Australia has seen an overwhelming demand for solar panels across the country, writes Smart Energy COO Jasper Boyschau.

Despite being faced with border restrictions, lockdowns and disruptions to the supply chain, Australia’s solar uptake certainly did not slow down. 

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While this news is incredible for the country’s energy transition, with the overwhelming demand for solar comes the stress and overload of the grid. In recent headlines, we have seen that authorities in Western Australia and South Australia have taken control of turning off household solar systems at times when the electricity network is under severe stress. 

So how can we keep up with this increasing demand for household solar power in Australia?

Australia needs to start thinking about its long-term energy policies. With the demand for renewable energy rapidly increasing, we need a higher uptake of solar batteries in homes to ensure stable grid levels. 

Why? Because solar batteries store unused energy generated from solar panels during the day, instead of that unused energy going back to the grid, it is stored by the battery to use when the solar panels aren’t generating energy, usually during the night.

To make this possible, the federal government needs to implement a solar battery rebate scheme. 

Renewable energy rebate schemes are proven to be incredibly effective in the uptake of renewable energy. We have seen the success of the Federal Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, where households and small businesses could receive benefits for installing solar panels, wind turbines or hydro systems. The results were astonishing, with Australia reaching a record of three million solar energy installations late last year.

We have seen some politicians step up to Australia’s energy transition. Federal independent MP for Indi, Dr Helen Haines, last month launched a bid to support two million battery installations across the country, proposing to parliament the Cheaper Home Batteries Bill. If the bill was to be implemented, it could save Australians up to $3,000 on a home battery installation.

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The truth is that we won’t see the rapid battery uptake we need across the country without a financial rebate scheme. 

The federal government needs to take action and implement policies and rebate schemes that are going to assist Australia’s energy transition in the long term. While there are going to be bumps in the road, it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that Australia can have a smooth transition to a renewable future. 

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