Indigenous Australian Solar Energy Company Takes On Tesla

This Queensland company’s core mission is based on the fundamental Aboriginal approach of stewardship of the earth and its resources, and this means a move away from a reliance on fossil fuels for energy. Oh, and it offers a 10kWh solar energy storage system costing 30 per cent less than the Tesla Powerwall.

AllGrid Energy's $11,999 WattGrid system allows households to store power produced by their solar panels during the day for use in the evening. In combination with a 3kw solar panel array the WattGrid can offer an average of 12kwh per day, or half of the average daily household average, but it can be combined with an array of up to 7kw to provide even more.

WattGrid works by utilising all stored energy before it takes from the grid, but with a larger solar array this may not even be necessary.

AllGrid is expected to start deliveries of the WattGrid in the next two to three months.

The PortaGrid is another product being produced by AllGrid, and as the name suggests it is a portable solar power solution. Designed for emergencies or remote locations off the grid, it comes with the lot -- panels, inverter and battery storage.

National Parks are currently looking at the PortaGrid as a replacement for its diesel generators.

Commercial-scale systems that can power an entire remote Aboriginal community are also on the horizon.

“This would create energy wealth and energy autonomy for those remote Aboriginal communities,” A spokesperson from AllGrid said.

AllGrid manufactures its products out of Brisbane with a predominately Aboriginal workforce.

A joint effort between the Indigenous owned and operated electrical contracting firm DICE Australia and AllGrid (which is an accredited Indigenous corporation), the company has committed to directing a percentage of all company profits into creating and supporting training and employment programs for Indigenous Australian young people.

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    this thing is $11,000 excluding gst and installation.

    Meanwhile the compeditors are offering $13,000 inclusive. I don't see the 30%, but their marketing says it, so it must be true.

    I also couldn't find anything on the batteries.

    Lead-Acid Based according to this article.

      Not so eco friendly batteries.

        Tesla uses Lithium-ion batteries.
        My understanding is that lead is much less ecologically painful to mine, refine, and recycle.

        But lead acid batteries are so easy to recycle, it is an environmental crime to dump them.

        Their weight is only really detrimental to transport use.

        "Lead-acid battery technology and its associated manufacturing process have been refined over many decades. The end result is a highly sustainable supply chain with lead being the most recycled product in the world. Recycling depleted lead-acid batteries provides a cost-competitive source of lead compared with mining, smelting, and refining operations. This provides a strong financial incentive for manufacturers to recycle as much lead as possible. This is in stark contrast to lithium which costs more to recycle than to exploit fresh natural resources. Because nobody has yet devised a cheap way to recapture lithium, firms must pay a recycling company to properly dispose of depleted batteries. This drives up the already high material cost of lithium batteries and reduces the financial incentive to recycle this scarce resource."

        Sure that may all be propaganda, but if you listen to Mr Musk, he shoots off lots of that as well.

        Last edited 12/01/16 5:35 pm

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