These days, we are so heavily reliant on power. We use it to heat our food, warm our water, connect to the internet and entertain our kids. Power is used for almost everything we do. South Australian households need their power now more than ever and the risk of blackouts is a threat to the South Australian lifestyle.

Why do blackouts happen?

There are various reasons why an electricity blackout may happen. The main culprits are strong winds, heatwaves and thunderstorms which are outside of our control. South Australia is no stranger when it comes to enduring blackouts.

On the 28th of October 2019, a blackout that affected North Adelaide left parts of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the dark for 4 hours. On the 9th of August 2019, 8,500 properties across South Australia went without electricity as a storm caused flooding to the Adelaide Hills. Additionally, 25,000 residents lost their power on the 24th of January 2019 because Adelaide reached a temperature of 46 degrees Celsius.

Each one of these events left residents of South Australia without power for hours and at times whole days. People were unable to use their appliances, stream their favourite TV show or use the internet. As residents were reliant on their electricity provider, it became a matter of waiting until the lights turned back on.

The weather is a natural occurrence that we don’t have much control over. It can surprise us at any time and sometimes without warning. Fortunately, there are ways we can take preventative action to ensure we have more control over the way we consume energy.

How can solar batteries help?

Solar power is a fantastic way to sustainably source your electricity. With more people deciding to go solar, there is more opportunity to protect yourself from the unpleasant feeling of not having power when a blackout strikes.

If you already have Solar PV, a solar battery equipped with blackout protectionwould guarantee that your essential appliances are still supplied with power during a blackout. As a South Australian homeowner with blackout protection, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll have the flexibility to continue your life as usual when a blackout strikes.

Choosing a solar battery is not a one-size-fits-all scenario, the size you would require depends on the size of your solar panel system and the amount of energy you use. Solar batteries can be generally classified in three sizes: small, medium and large. A smaller battery would give you under 5kWh of storage, whereas a battery on the larger side would give you over 9.5kWh of storage. It all depends on your personal requirements.

Blackout protection is an optional feature that you can add onto your solar battery. Batteries fitted with blackout protection use stored energy to run your appliances when a blackout strikes. It works as a hybrid system which can sense electricity outages and automatically switch to the energy stored in your battery. This lets you have a back up energy supply for emergency situations. 

With summer right around the corner, a solar battery equipped with blackout protection will protect your home from power outages if a heatwave or thunderstorm were to happen. Based on previous events and current news reports, there is a high chance that blackouts could strike South Australia this year. Australia is set for a very hot summer in 2020 and this is especially true across Southern and Eastern Australia.

Additionally, If you’re considering investing in solar, now is a great time to do so because eligible South Australians can receive up to $6,000 off the cost of a solar battery under the South Australian Home Battery Scheme.

I want to protect my home; how do I find out more?

Whether you are new to solar energy or are a current solar energy user, a SouthAus Solar Specialist will gladly provide you with all the information you require in blackout protecting your home. The way you decide to power your home is your decision. Talk to a SouthAus Solar specialist today.