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Should I get batteries?

Do you need a payback that beats the banks and the share market?

Matthew Wright is a former Young Australian Environmentalist of the Year profiled in the previous issue of EG. He’s a climate change campaigner and expert on renewable energy systems. Here he takes us through the pros and cons of installing a battery bank today to supplement rooftop solar power.

It’s the question almost everyone with (or considering) a solar system is asking. Should I get batteries? In the past, a lead-acid system was your only option and it was for off-grid battery storage. This involved hooking up a number of lead-acid batteries. They are a messy option but were, prior to Tesla’s Powerwall et al, about the only option.


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