Australian businesses are not the only parties striving to make the most out of renewable energy solutions. As the rate of residential construction increases, project managers tasked with creating large-scale housing developments are in the perfect position to lay the foundation for Australia’s solar future.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported nearly $15 billion worth of residential construction activity in the June quarter alone.This creates plenty of houses and apartment buildings that are ripe for the installation of solar panels, energy storage systems and other technology designed to make the most of renewable energy.
In light of this, it’s time to take a look at how solar power will contribute to more sustainable residential dwellings in the future, and how this energy will be put to use.
Rooftop solar is just the beginning
Origin Energy reported that more than one million houses around the country already have rooftop solar installations, a valuable first step in creating a greener country.
However, we’re now getting to the point where solar panels on their own are not the be all and end all of domestic energy efficiency. Now, the addition of energy storage systems mean solar power can be stored and used in times when weather conditions or the hour impacts the amount of energy panels produce.
Previously, as reported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, residential solar power installations were mostly limited to direct use in smaller applications.
How will residential energy use change?
The change in automotive purchasing trends could feed its way back into the way consumers use their power at home, moving away from direct use to storage solutions.
One potential catalyst for this potential trend is the fact that cars are soon to become an appliance of sorts. The rise of plug-in hybrid vehicles and fully electric vehicles means that drivers can “refuel” their chosen mode of transport of transport by plugging them into power points at home.
It makes sense that people will charge electric vehicles overnight after returning from work, meaning solar installations on their own will not be enough to support home energy needs.
Instead, residential developments will require energy storage solutions. This is so electricity that has been generated throughout the day by solar solutions can be put to use. CarsGuide reported that over a 1,000 electric vehicles have already been sold around the country. As the demand for these products rises, more supporting solar solutions will be required.
To find out more about the renewable energy products that will define residential development in the near future, contact the team at MPower.