In the wake of recent power outages, being prepared in the event of a power outage is front of mind. On the bright side, there’s a range of cutting-edge new technologies that are available today to keep your home powered through an outage while at the same time helping to increase grid resilience.
Solutions to get you through.
AGL’s South Australian virtual power plant is being built now and when complete, it will be an innovative example of how individual solar batteries can help reduce grid instability, which may assist in avoiding power outages.
Solar batteries with backup power enabled are a great way to stay in control, as you can use the excess solar energy stored in your battery to keep your key appliances running in the event of a power outage. Backup power can easily be added to your battery as an additional feature.*
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If you’d like to understand the causes of power outages and what to do if the power goes out, check out SA Power Networks’ (which owns and operates the South Australian electricity poles and wires) handy resources.
How battery backup power works.
In a traditional solar system set up, your home uses the solar energy as it’s produced by your solar system and any excess is sent to the grid. Enhancing your system with an
energy storage system means you can capture this excess energy and store it for later use.
Adding backup power to your energy storage system gives you the ability to use the solar energy stored in your battery to keep your key appliances running through a power outage – provided you have charge in your battery at the time of a blackout.^
When your battery is installed, a qualified electrician will install additional wiring and make changes to your switchboard to set you up for backup power.
What can I power with my backup battery during a power outage?
It’s a common misconception, but with current technology you won’t be able to power your entire home with battery power during an outage. Instead, you’ll need to choose a selection of appliances to run. Your installer will ask you what you’d like to power and connect the circuits that power them.
What you’re able to power in an outage depends on a few factors: your battery’s useable storage capacity, how much energy you have stored at the time of a power outage and the size of your inverter. So it’s important to think carefully about the appliances that are critical to helping you minimise the impact of a blackout.
AGL suggests powering the following:
- Lights: It’s recommended you connect the lighting circuit in your switchboard so you can get through a power outage more comfortably.
- Fridge: This is key to avoiding food spoilage and the inconvenience of replacing your groceries.
- Power points: These are generally powered by two or more circuits in your switchboard. Your installer will review how your power outlets are wired and provide advice on how many can be connected to backup power.
- Fans and evaporative coolers: Cooling can be a big energy drainer. If you’re set on having cooling during an outage, AGL suggests fans and evaporative coolers as alternatives.
Live in metropolitan Adelaide? Join AGL’s virtual power plant and get an energy storage system at a heavily discounted price, while helping to increase grid resilience.# Stay in control during a power outage by adding backup power.*
Speak to an AGL solar and energy storage expert today about whether you’re eligible to join AGL’s virtual power plant in South Australia.#
*Backup power is available for an additional $899. ^Backup power is dependent on the availability of excess power stored in your battery at the time of any power outage. #Eligibility criteria apply. $3,999 is limited to first 500 phase three eligible customers; AGL reserves the right to extend the offer and the offer may be subject to change or expire without notice, and does not include backup power.