- How can you offer such a low price?
- How much will this system save me on my electricity bill?
- How will future government or utility rebates impact on my savings?
- How will future government or utility rebates impact on my backup service?
- What warranty are you offering?
- What happens if I have a non-standard installation?
- What happens if I cannot fit that much solar on my roof?
- How long will this system power my house for during a blackout?
- How much does it cost to control my electric water heater?
- How can I access this offer if I live more than 50km from the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
Empower is able to offer this deal by bundling solar and storage together, using a unique, all-in-one solar and storage inverter device that eliminates the cost of separate solar PV and battery inverters, as well as the cost of separate installations and multiple layers of company overheads and profit.
Our all-in-one, solar + storage bundling approach allows us to save around $1,500 on battery storage installation costs, and $1,000-$1,500 on solar PV inverter costs. On top of that, we are betting that the NSW government and electric utilities are going to offer $1,000-$3,000 rebates off our system.
How much you save with this system depends upon your retail electricity contract, how much electricity you use and if you have a smart meter, when you use it. You can see how much a typical electricity consumer would save with our system here.
Analysis of our system’s impact on actual residential load data in NSW shows our 7kW solar PV and 14kWh storage deal resulting in a net refund for consumers using 5MWh of energy per annum, and a 47% bill reduction for electricity consumers using 15MWh.
In order for us to offer this unprecedented deal, we are expecting to secure future government and electricity industry rebates. Industry rebates may require operating your system to reduce industry costs. However, Empower guarantees that you will be no worse-off if this occurs. You will be 100% compensated for any solar PV or battery energy used to obtain the industry or government rebate.
Although the system can reserve a portion of the battery to provide backup in case of a power outage, this reduces the benefits from its operation proportionally. In order for us to offer this unprecedented deal, we need for the full capacity of the battery to be available for government and utility rebates. During an outage, the unit will provide you with 100% of the available energy in the battery.
Empower Energy’s ElektroBank hybrid inverter and storage warranty is among the best in the industry, with a 10-year, 40 MWh of energy guarantee. A comparison of warranty terms from leading storage equipment providers is available here, please let us know if anything is out of date here.
Our installation costs assume a basic installation cost. Examples of situations that are excluded from a standard installation include major rewiring of your switchboard, tilting of your solar PV or a tile racking system, working at heights and the need to pour a cement plinth.
We offer a free* site assessment to positively identify whether you have a standard installation or not. The assessment will provide a list of extras and a no obligation quote if your installation is found to require additional work above that which is included in our standard offer.
Empower’s installation team will strive to fit all 7kW on to your rooftop. However, if we are unable to fit all of the solar PV on your roof, we can install a 6kW or 5kW system, for slightly less. The reason that the lower solar PV systems are not much less is due to the available government rebates, which favour larger installations over smaller ones, at least for our solution.
The ElektroBank can power up to 5kW of your house’s load for up to 2.8 hours at maximum load. However, most houses only use 1-2kW per hour, so you may be able to run for 7-14 hours without power. Also, the ElektroBank can run off of solar PV during an outage, increasing operating times.
Please note that only simply backup configurations are included in the standard offer. Significant rewiring of your switchboard will incur an additional cost.
The ElektroBank can control the timing of electric storage water heaters. This requires an additional circuit breaker and potentially some extra switchboard wiring. Please mention you would like water heating control during your free* site assessment.
How can I access this offer if I live more than 50km from the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
Empower is planning on expanding to rural NSW and other states in the near future. We suggest you add your name to our waiting list, and we will notify you of any plans to make your location eligible.
*Free Site Assessments and Free Benefits Assessments are available for homeowners in NSW with space for at least 7kWh of batteries and 5kW of rooftop solar PV.