So what are my overall reflections at the end of the first weeks?
I wish I had done it quicker – it would have saved me around $40/week. I suspect my power bill, particularly in summer months, will fall to around zero. Yet to see for winter…Even with a small amount of battery capacity, I am almost invisible to the grid, at least for consumption. I’m paying a hefty fee ($500 a year) to basically use the grid as a bigger-back up battery, and to export my excess solar…In 10 years time, with the cost of storage going down significantly, and the cost of solar also falling, the network is going to have to make a compelling offer to compete with these technologies. Fortunately, the local council here appears serious about the concept of developing micro-grids and sharing energy.