Dressed To The Nines: Where Luxury Meets Technology

Sydney’s first luxury housing development to offer residents $0 power bills

The Nines, a new development in Sydney’s North Shore by Metro Property Development, will be the first luxury boutique housing development in Australia to integrate battery power into its properties, offering residents $0 electricity bills and a development wide power saving of $283,000, reveals Natural Solar, Australia’s largest solar and battery installer.

This nine dwelling development will integrate world class technology into each luxury home, including a 3.6kWp solar system featuring 360w 20% efficiency panels which will generate power from the sun, along with a 7.5kWh sonnenBatterie to store the power produced.

This will support in powering each three storey, three bedroom terrace home selling from $2.626 million, with eligible customers to receive $0 power bills and guaranteeing buyers an ROI on their property. As a result, buyers are expected to save up to $283,000 on energy bills across the development during the 20 year battery lifespan. This will see each home save $31,500 on the cost of their power, equating to $1573 each year and for some residents, will entirely offset the price of their power.

“Since the battery boom started in January 2016, we’ve seen high demand and interest in home energy storage solutions from residents on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. In this period, we’ve had more than 65,000 enquiries coming from this hub. We know our customers are motivated not only by the environmental benefits and reduced reliance on the grid, but also the opportunity to experience savings on their energy bill from the day they move into their new home,” says Chris Williams, CEO & Founder of Natural Solar.

“It says that no matter the price point of each home, buyers still want to enjoy their smashed avo, guilt free! We are elated to be working with Metro Property Development on The Nines and are certain this product offering will resonate with buyers in the area,” says Mr Williams

“The widespread demand for battery power made it an easy decision to incorporate these systems into The Nines. This technology and the high demand for smart homes has been a driver for people who have already purchased off-the-plan,” says Phil Leahy from Metro Property Development. “We are looking forward to paving the way for luxury developments across Australia by adding top quality engineered solar and battery products in this development and those in future.

The capabilities for each battery are impressive and extend beyond simply savings, with each battery able to integrate with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and other home automation devices using Z-wave technology. This will make the battery storage system the centralised brain for the home, giving residents the ultimate control over how, when and where they use power. Each battery uses intelligence and features that can understand and react accordingly to factors including outdoor temperature, time of day and appliance use.

“We see this technology as the natural progression towards a wider electrification of the grid, in part due to anticipated uptake of electric vehicles. The battery interface will grow and evolve with your home and its needs, with the ability to connect devices and applications as these are made available, much like customising the apps on your mobile phone. These will integrate household appliances to the battery, and will allow access to everything from electric vehicles, right through to basic electronics, such as your refrigerator,” says Mr Williams

“It’s a case of luxury meeting technology here at The Nines. When buyers are looking for bells and whistles, it’s not the unusable added extras. In this current market, it translates to efficiency, independence, reliability, control and savings. The move to battery power for The Nines means it can be offered to its buyers in spades,” concluded Mr Williams.

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These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes a general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on Energy Locals Time of Use Tariff – (TOU – Peak, Off-Peak & Solar Sponge).

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