11 December, 2018
First multi-site battery powered development in South Australia announced
Homeowners to be among the first to benefit from battery subsidies
In a first for South Australia, four new housing development sites will be powered using a combination of solar and battery power in the largest multi-site development of its kind in the state, reveals Natural Solar, Australia’s largest solar and battery installer.
Homeowners of these newly constructed properties developed by DLH Projects, will be some of the first in the state to be eligible to receive the South Australian government battery subsidy, with the added bonus of each property no longer having to pay traditional electricity bills expecting savings of more than $60,000 per home over the next 20 years.
“There is no doubt Australia is currently experiencing a battery boom, and since the announcement of the South Australian subsidies, at Natural Solar we have seen state-wide demand for home batteries increase by over 1,000%. It’s exciting to be working with a forward-thinking team of developers and agents to offer new homeowners the opportunity to benefit from battery power from day one of purchasing their home,” says Chris Williams, CEO & Founder of Natural Solar.
The first site will see five dwellings located at 378 Morphett Road in Warradale powered by a combination of solar and battery power, with a 5kWp solar system comprising of 325w Q CELL panels which are high efficiency and high performing, but also boast excellent low-light performance which is vitally important for those who are looking to maximise their power generation. Each home will also have a 7.5kWh sonnenBatterie installed.
This will see the property developer fund the entire system within the building process by claiming the Government subsidy with each homeowner reaping the direct benefits at the point of moving in. Buyers who purchase off the plan will receive this as a free upgrade.
Each home will be eligible to be signed up to the sonnenFlat plan, paying only a monthly admin fee of $42 for their electricity bills through challenger electricity retailer sonnen, rather than traditional energy companies.
This will save each home an estimated $2,400+GST per year, and will future-proof each property from the consistently rising prices of electricity of approximately 20% year on year.
“This is an attractive investment for homeowners, with the government subsidy reducing the ROI period to just 6.25 years. With this property development currently in stage one, we are looking forward to seeing these new homeowners benefit as they move into their new residences in just 10-12 weeks,” commented Mr Williams.
Concept floor plan of Warradale’s new battery powered homes. Source: news.com.au
“We are seeing many of our buyers seek options that include clean energy, smart homes and fully integrated technology solutions. In emerging suburbs such as Warradale which typically attract young homeowners and families, there is a demand for technology that can guarantee savings. There has been huge interest in this development as a result,” says Simon Noakes of Harris Real Estate.
“South Australia is currently at the point of an energy crisis, and we need more visionary developers setting a new benchmark for sustainable living within a forward-thinking state. This development will see 20 homeowners offered stability, certainty and flexibility when it comes to when, where and how they elect to power their homes. It’s a huge step forward for the state,” commented Mr Williams.