Storing the solar power your home generates makes it available when you need it. In just one hour, the sun radiates more energy than the world consumes in a year, making solar energy a free, sustainable and inexhaustible resource.

SENEC. Home batteries are compact, says CEO Ian Parkinson, CEO of SENEC Australia.

Given Australia is one of the sunniest countries on the planet, we’re ideally placed to capture the sun’s energy and convert it to power our homes.

Photovoltaic solar panels, which absorb energy from the sun and turn it into electricity, have become a common sight on home and commercial buildings across the country.

More than 2 million Australian households generate energy on their rooftops, according to the Clean Energy Council, and last year the percentage of energy that came from renewable sources passed 20 per cent for the first time, with clean energy contributing 21.3 per cent of Australia’s total electricity generation.

“Clean, renewable electrical energy generation systems are becoming increasingly accessible to the average home owner, allowing them to be independent of the mains supply,” says Ian Parkinson.

The innovative SENEC energy management system uses a rechargeable battery that automatically steps in when the sun goes down. Founded in Germany in 2009, SENEC has developed energy storage solutions specifically for homes, where controlled energy over time is vital.

“For an average home using solar energy, it is unlikely it will use all the energy created by solar panels throughout the day. Battery storage is a way to harness the excess power and use it later to reduce reliance on retail electricity,” says Parkinson.

SENEC. Home storage batteries, which are about the same size as a beer fridge, silently charge during the day and automatically support households, especially during morning and evening peaks, when energy usage is highest. The SENEC system is compatible with any new or existing solar array, Parkinson says.

“A SENEC. Home battery unit stores excess solar energy that would otherwise be sent back to the grid. In cloudy Germany, SENEC. Home systems consistently store more than 80 per cent of a household’s power requirements,’’ he says.

“By using more of the energy produced on the roof, you can increase self-sufficiency and reduce the impact on the environment. Your property, in effect, becomes its own independent, self-sufficient electricity island.”

The savings to consumers are significant. The Clean Energy Council estimates that households with solar save an average of $540 a year. Installing a SENEC. Home system consistently triples the amount of savings available compared with just having solar panels, Parkinson says. “When the grid is stretched to capacity and most people are paying the top rate for electricity, you’ll be almost totally independent.”

Solar battery storage systems are becoming the norm in other parts of the world. “In Germany, for example, 60 per cent of all new residential solar home installations have a battery, compared with a mere three per cent in Australia – a country that not only has far more sun but more roof space per capita than Germany. “It makes sense to consider a SENEC solar battery – for the sake of the planet and for the substantial, ongoing savings from retail electricity costs,” says Parkinson. SENEC storage systems are serviced locally in Australia. This includes a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.