Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Breakthroughs in Solar Battery Tech Before Installing Solar

By E-Smart Solar

5 months ago

 

Right now Australia’s seeing an installation boom in rooftop solar systems. Given the immense popularity of solar, it may seem like just about every household has a solar system. If you don’t have solar, maybe you are planning to get it in the future. 

 

We often come across a subset of people who would like a solar system – and oftentimes they could get one now – but have the idea on pause in anticipation of future advances in solar battery technology. Often the reasoning is that they believe it’s necessary to wait on advances in battery tech and that until then getting a rooftop solar system doesn’t make sense for them. This misperception is common, but we want to advise why we don’t recommend waiting for breakthroughs in solar battery tech before installing solar. 

 

Why Playing the Waiting Game with Solar Battery Tech is Unwise

 

Don’t get us wrong, we like to see customers being prudent and doing their research first when it comes to jumping onto a hot trend – including solar and battery tech. But it’s also necessary to recognise that oftentimes holding off on acquiring something that could begin to bring you financial, environmental and energy-saving gains simply doesn’t make sense. 

 

This is the case when considering a solar installation on the basis of future advances in battery tech in particular. There’s certainly nothing wrong with keeping an eye on emerging advances and indeed looking forward to them. But holding off on getting solar today simply because battery tech is still developing only results in you missing out on solar today. It’s important to remember it’s possible to add a solar battery to an existing installation down the line. So ultimately the battery decision doesn’t need to delay a rooftop solar installation now. 

 

It’s Possible to Change with the Changes in the Solar Sector 

 

An additional concern our customers have surrounds the potential decline of existing incentives like rebates and feed-in tariffs (FIT). For some, these worries actually drive people to speed up their solar plans so they can get extra benefits while they still can. But for some people that just isn’t possible right now. Some customers also feel it may not be worth their while in future if these incentives are no longer in place like they are today.

 

It’s no secret that in the years to come there could be an adjustment to existing incentives surrounding solar panel installation and operation. That’s just the reality. But it’s also the case that as one incentive such as the feed-in tariff (FIT) may be scaled back, other initiatives to incentivise exporting excess solar are set to pop up. There is a rising trend in blockchain and community solar energy use. We don’t think incentives for solar will be going away. Ultimately, regardless of what adjustments may go on surrounding solar exports, a rooftop solar system is set to remain a terrific tool for slashing your power bills in the years ahead. 

 

The Wisdom in Storing Up Solar Knowledge

 

If anyone now feels they’ve lost time on getting solar, it’s important they recognise thinking in-depth about a solar system can be very useful – it’s just best to channel it into the right area. Instead of focusing on the future of batteries right now, focus on gaining a strong and clear-cut insight surrounding how to seek out a quality solar installer. Also, how to maximise the benefits of a solar installation once it’s in place. 

 

By taking this approach it’s possible to optimise the benefits of a solar installation well into the future, and – instead of waiting years – start to reap the rewards of that process today. Then, when the time is right, look to add a solar battery in the mix. 

 

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