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Storing energy produced from panels

PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:52 pm
by Lianne
We have solar panels on our roof. Is it possible to store the energy produced from these panels or do we have to send it to grid for the electricity company to use?
We currently produce more than we use and are paying for the electricity we use with the electricity company paying us for the energy produced. Obviously we get paid less for the energy produced than what we pay for our electricity and I would like to be able to use the energy we use.
Any ideas or knowledge would be appreciated.

Re: Storing energy produced from panels

PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:51 pm
by Gordon-Loomberah
Hello Lianne, and welcome to the Energy Matters Forums :)

Yes it is possible to store electricity you produce yourself, I've been doing exactly that since 1991, off-grid. If you are grid connected and wish to remain so, then it is still possible to store your own electricity for later use, and not export so much to the grid, but you will need a modern inverter capable of connecting to the grid and charging and maintaining batteries. Chances are, your existing inverter will not be able to do that, so you'd need a hybrid inverter, such as made by Fronius and a few other companies. You can sign up for updates on available storage options here: http://www.energymatters.com.au/newslet ... scribe.php?