Helping Uncommon Folk Drive Sustainable Social & Environmental Change

Helping Uncommon Folk Drive Sustainable Social & Environmental Change

Solar Installation For The Amazing People At Uncommon Folk  

The team at Dunton Group were incredibly excited to have the opportunity to provide renewable energy for the wonderful people of Uncommon Folk, a social enterprise dedicated to driving social and environmental change for our current and future generations. Part of that process is ‘The Farm’ based in Main Ridge, a 200-acre site where multiple micro businesses can cofunction. A place to promote and encourage regenerative farming practices for a sustainable and innovative future.

Inspiring businesses such as Yolky Dokey and Cherry Road are just a sample of the local businesses benefitting from the work and vision of Uncommon Folk. Something we’re very much aligned with at Dunton Group and we were proud to be the chosen supplier of a 40-panel solar system to provide renewable energy to the site with an estimated CO2 reduction of 26.2 tonnes.

With a generous grant from the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Uncommon Folk have gone above and beyond to ensure the site is able to utilize a renewable energy opportunity. It is pleasing to see environmentally conscious organizations helping to drive a positive change on the Peninsula. Organisations such as Uncommon Folk and Repower Mornington Peninsula are actively exploring ways to provide renewable energy options to as many people in the community as possible. Helping to dramatically reducing the carbon emissions from our beautiful corner of the world.

If you would like to explore the benefits of renewable energy, make sure you get in contact with us for a chat about the options available.

The Dunton Group are strong advocates of the benefits of solar power and green energy, our team are Mornington Peninsula locals who cherish this beautiful corner of the world that we’re lucky enough to call home. By providing homes and businesses with a reliable solar energy solution we’re doing our small bit to help the future of our planet.

All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference 2022

All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference 2022

All-Energy Australia 2022 – Conference & Exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center

The team from Dunton Group attended All-Energy Australia recently. Held at Jeff’s Shed, All-Energy is the country’s largest clean energy event. With over 200 speakers, and 250 domestic and international suppliers, All-Energy Australia is a great opportunity to chat to the leading brands and discover the up-and-coming new technology in the renewable energy space.

It was a busy two days, the event had 10 stages filled with back-to-back educational sessions, covering the latest innovations, energy policy, government initiatives and project developments across solar, hydrogen and wind energy, energy storage, electric vehicles and a whole lot more.

  

There was a lot to get excited about with so many new products and technology being released to help power our everyday lives more sustainably. The number of quality Electric Vehicle charging options coming to Australia is something to look forward, for those currently driving an EV you’ll love the features and options becoming standard on all EV chargers. For the rest of us waiting on the right EV to come to market, we can help you prepare your home or business for what’s needed to meet the growing demand in energy requirements.

   

One of the themes that we noticed at the event was the awareness of the challenges our industry is currently facing as the decarbonisation deadline draws nearer, the focus on integrated solutions was pleasing. Recognized companies are looking at a full stack strategy where customers can experience an integrated product family of solar, batteries, energy management platforms, virtual power plants, and electric vehicle chargers into one super solution. We’re excited to be able to offer a fully integrated option in the near future. By making one sleek, integrated product family, we can have an entire solution under a single brand.

We had a fantastic time exploring new technology, meeting new suppliers and catching up with old friends. Stay tuned to our newsletter and social pages for more updates and new solutions coming soon!

If you would like to explore the benefits of renewable energy, make sure you get in contact with us for a chat about the options available.

The Dunton Group are strong advocates of the benefits of solar power and green energy, our team are Mornington Peninsula locals who cherish this beautiful corner of the world that we’re lucky enough to call home. By providing homes and businesses with a reliable solar energy solution we’re doing our small bit to help the future of our planet.

Battery Storage For Your Solar System at Home or Work

Battery Storage For Your Solar System at Home or Work

Battery Storage For Your Renewable Energy Generated at Home or Your Business

For those of us with a solar system or thinking about installing a new solar solution at your property, the discussion of a battery storage option will undoubtably be had. At Dunton Group we closely monitor the developments and new technologies available in renewable energy opportunities. We have installed a wide variety of battery storage units across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond in recent years.

With the recent well publicized increase in energy prices we have been inundated with enquiries from customers looking for ways to optimize their ability to utilize renewable energy. With the feed in rate constantly dropping, the return on investment period for battery storage is becoming more appealing for a lot of properties on the Mornington Peninsula and across the greater Melbourne area.

The Victorian Government also has incentives available including a $2,950 rebate for eligible customers. There of course conditions so feel free to get in touch with a member of the Dunton Group team for more details.

Another Government incentive is the Virtual Power Plant (VPP), a pilot program that brings Virtual Power Plants to your doorstep. Connecting Victorian households to create and share power, saving money on energy bills and reducing the reliance on the grid.

The VPP pilot program offers higher solar battery rebates at a fixed rate of $4,174 towards the upfront cost of a solar battery and installation to eligible Victorians who join an approved VPP program. There is of course conditions to be met to ensure you are eligible and it is recommended to visit the Solar Victoria information page or contact a member of the Dunton Group team for more details.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options in solar battery storage available in Australia…

Tesla Powerwall 2

You have no doubt heard of the Tesla Powerwall, we have completed some incredible solar systems with a huge number of panels and multiple Tesla Powerwall 2 battery storage units to power the whole house. The Powerwall 2 has 13.5kw storage from an AC coupled battery that is compatible with any existing or new solar system. It also has one of the best solar battery monitoring apps available today. Plus the Tesla Powerwall 2 can optimize its operation with time of use tariffs to help you through the expensive evening peak periods using solar battery power. As you would expect from a strong brand like Tesla, the Powerwall is supported by a 10 year warranty and is widely regarded as the best battery storage option currently available.

Powerwall is a battery that stores energy, detects outages and automatically becomes your home’s energy source when the grid goes down. Unlike generators, Powerwall keeps your lights on and phones charged without upkeep, fuel or noise. Pair with solar and recharge with sunlight to keep your appliances running for days. Powerwall reduces your reliance on the grid by storing your solar energy for use when the sun isn’t shining. Use Powerwall alone or combine it with other Tesla products to save money, reduce your carbon footprint and prepare your home for power outages.

At Dunton Group Solar & Electrical we strongly recommended the Tesla Powerwall 2 as a reliable and high performing battery storage option, having installed plenty in recent years we can confidently say they are a product we would happily install at our own homes.

Sonnen EVO 10kw

The Sonnen battery option is new to Australia and we’re excited to install the product shortly. It is also an AC coupled battery that is compatible with all existing and new solar systems.

The sonnenBatterie Evo is a fully integrated AC coupled storage system designed for outdoor and indoor installations. German engineering and design that is optimised for performance backed with a 10 year or 10,000 charge cycle warranty on all components.

Red Earth

If you’re a fan of the TV show The Block then you would likely have heard of the Australian owned RedEarth battery. It is an AC coupled battery with hybrid inverter, Red Earth’s own Troppo battery uses safe lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) technology.

RedEarth energy storage is an Australian owned and operated manufacturer of energy storage systems. Dunton Group have recently been appointed as an authorized reseller and installer of RedEarth products.

Sungrow

The SunGrow Hybrid with battery and single and three phase inverter is another emerging option for storing solar energy in Australia. The option provides the opportunity to either remove the existing inverter and replace with a hybrid option or add to a stand alone solar system. Backed by a 10 year warranty it is a high value option.

Enphase IQ Battery 

Due for release early 2023 is this all in one battery backup power option is perfect for any current or future Enphase Microinverter customers. The IQ Batteries leverage a distributed architecture to provide maximum reliability. Each battery includes multiple bi-directional IQ Microinverters to switch energy from DC to AC and back again.

If you would like an accurate and in-depth analysis of what potential savings you could gain and the payback time frame of installing a quality solar system or battery storage option, make sure you get in contact with us for an obligation free analysis.

The Dunton Group are strong advocates of the benefits of solar power and green energy, our team are Mornington Peninsula locals who cherish this beautiful corner of the world that we’re lucky enough to call home. By providing homes and businesses with a reliable solar energy solution we’re doing our small bit to help the future of our planet.

How To Monitor Your Solar System Performance

How To Monitor Your Solar System Performance

Dunton Group Electrical Services are proud to partner with the leading brands in solar, one of the many benefits of utilizing such brands is providing the ability to easily and reliably monitor the performance of your solar system via your computer or smart device.

If you have an existing solar system installed by Dunton Group you will have the capability to monitor the system performance online. Most quality solar systems have an inbuilt wi-fi module which can be connected to a network, depending on the brand of inverter you can monitor and access the required data to track and analyze how your system is performing.

The reason most customers opt to include an additional smart meter with their solar system installation is to be able to access additional data, a smart meter gives you real time monitoring of your sites consumption against your production which shows you where and when you’re using your power. If you’re unsure how to access your Solar Web account or what to look for to monitor your solar system please watch the short video below. Tas has put together a quick how to video outlining where to find the log in for your account, how to log in and what to look for when monitoring your system. Or CONTACT US for more information.

To log in to your account visit Solar Web via this link: https://solarweb.com

Tesla Certified Installer Mornington Peninsula

Tesla Certified Installer Mornington Peninsula

Dunton Group Electrical Services are proud to be a Tesla Certified Installer! We partner with the absolute best brands in solar around the world and pride ourselves on providing products and brands you can trust.

As a Tesla Certified Installer Dunton Group are trained to install Tesla Powerwall systems and we’re certified to adhere to the strict quality, permitting and inspection requirements you would expect from a global leader in energy solutions. 

TESLA CERTIFIED INSTALLER

As one of the first Tesla Certified Installer’s on the Mornington Peninsula we’re excited to now be able to offer products such as the Tesla Powerwall to our clients. We’ve already started installing Tesla Powerwall battery storage solutions on the Peninsula with a long list of clients expressing interest in getting more information or a quote for their home or business.

TESLA POWERWALL 2 MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA

As a local Mornington Peninsula based business with Tesla Certified Installer accreditation we’re excited to be installing Tesla products such as the Tesla Powerwall 2 on new and existing solar systems. The Tesla Powerwall’s impressive looks and advanced lithium-ion technology inherited from Tesla’s electric vehicles make it the home and business battery solution we’re constantly asked about.

Dunton Group have technicians trained by Tesla Energy and are Certified Tesla Energy installers assuring our clients of the high standards of workmanship that we’re known for and as you would expect from a Tesla certified installer.

HOW DOES THE TESLA POWERWALL WORK

The Tesla Powerwall is a battery system that turns your solar power generated into an energy resource available as you need it. The Tesla Powerwall allows the opportunity to get more from your solar system which of course will help to reduce your dependence on the electricity grid. The Powerwall provides a solution for solar system owners to retain the solar energy produced by their solar system.

With a Powerwall connected to your solar system you will now have access to reliable solar power at night or during a black out. The Powerwall 2 has a stylish and sleek design that makes it a great addition to your home or business. With the Tesla Powerwall’s functionality and performance combined with the solar system knowledge of the Dunton Group team, we’re sure to have a suitable solution for your power needs.

DUNTON GROUP PROUD TESLA CERTIFIED INSTALLERS

Based in Dromana Victoria, Dunton Group Solar Electrical are a leading provider of high quality solar power and battery solutions. We specialize in solar energy solutions to suit your individual or business needs. Our expert team determine the best solution, installation and product options after detailed analysis of usage and energy consumption, considering future growth and consumption needs.

A Dunton Group team member will assist on site, at our showroom location or over the phone, depending on your preference. We pride ourselves on our industry knowledge and welcome you to use our experience to help establish the best solar solution tailored to your individual requirements. Dunton Group services the Mornington Peninsula of Victoria and surrounding suburbs, including Melbourne and the Bayside suburbs.

SOME OF THE FEATURES OF THE TESLA POWERWALL

In the past solar batteries were known to be bulky and both expensive to install and expensive to maintain. As the technology grows the technology becomes more accessible, Powerwall’s lithium ion battery inherits Tesla’s proven battery technology to power your home or business safely and economically. The Powerwall is known to be completely automated requiring minimal maintenance. Powerwall 2 offers fantastic energy capacity and power discharge and is a popular choice around the world.

WHY TESLA POWERWALL

The Tesla Powerwall has impressive good looks with a sleek wall mounted design making it’s visual appeal as impressive as the functionality and performance enjoyed with owning a Tesla Powerwall. As the unit takes up zero floor space there is a suitable location for the Powerwall in almost every property.

The Powerwall can be installed indoors or outdoors and boasts a self-contained liquid cooling system helping the battery cells to operate at an optimum temperature. Indoor or outdoor, most people have asked us if we are able to install their Powerwall where it’s stylish good looks are on display and seen by all!

The Tesla Powerwall inherits the proven battery technology from Tesla’s award winning electric vehicles making Tesla a global leader in electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries. The Powerwall is scalable to suit the specific requirements of a home or business. Currently, up to 9 Tesla Powerwall’s are able to be connected for a single installation. Imagine the possibilities!

IS A TESLA POWERWALL RIGHT FOR ME?

When you have a battery connected to your solar system, you are now able to stop giving the power companies your excess solar energy to on sell to someone else. The Solar power that is generated during the day can be stored and used when required. We find that for a lot of the homes or businesses with solar systems installed, a lot of the electricity is used at night. As a result, a lot of solar system owners miss out on the potential savings of their solar system as they need to buy back their power at a premium at night. With the Tesla Powerwall 2 you can access back up power during a black out and draw from your stored power at night or during times that your solar system is not drawing power from the sun. A recent report published predicted that over 1 million Australian homes will install a solar battery over the next 5 years.

The Tesla Powerwall is an extremely stylish and technically advanced home battery that comes with a 10 year warranty. Dunton Group are proud to be chosen to offer the Tesla Powerwall as a Tesla Certified Installer. We’re excited to be able to offer the Tesla Powerwall as part of our high quality solar products, Tesla offers impressive safety, performance and design features. The Tesla Powerwall 2 can be wall or floor mounted with a sleek design that is visually appealing and the Dunton Group team can install the unit either indoors or outdoors as required. Tesla Energy has extensive experience in manufacturing lithium-ion batteries with the Tesla Powerwall 2 using the same battery technology found in Tesla electric cars, as a result we think that the Powerwall is one of the safest, most cost effective and high quality battery solutions available for your home or business.

The Tesla Powerwall 2 can be added to any existing solar system. The Tesla Powerwall 2 is an AC coupled system meaning it is connected independently of any existing solar inverter. Dunton Group can recommend a retrofit solution, we can also inspect your existing solar system to make sure it’s operating as expected. Dunton Group can install a Tesla Powerwall 2 as part of a complete new solar system with solar panels and a solar inverter, the works. At Dunton Group we choose only the best solar panel manufacturers, inverters and batteries. With generous subsidies still available for solar panel installations, it is more affordable than ever to install a complete solar power system.

TESLA POWERWALL SPECIFICATIONS

Technology
Wall or ground mounted, rechargeable lithium ion battery with liquid thermal control.

Models available
13.5kWh (AC)
For daily cycle applications

Warranty
10 years

Efficiency
89.0% / 91.8% round-trip efficiency

Power
7kW Max, 5kW Continuous

Depth of Discharge
100%

Voltage
350V – 550V (DC)

Current
20A peak (DC)

Compatibility
AC-coupling system (connects to any existing solar power system)

Operating Temperature
-20°C to 50°C

Enclosure
Rated for indoor and outdoor installation.

Installation
Requires installation by a trained Tesla Certified Installer.

Weight
122kg

Dimensions
1150mm x 755mm x 155mm

Certification
Nationally accredited certifications to safety, electrical, and environmental legislation

COMMON TESLA POWERWALL QUESTIONS

Can I add a Powerwall to my existing solar system? Adding a Powerwall 2 to an existing solar system is something Dunton Group have done on numerous occasions. Powerwall 2 (AC) can be coupled with any solar power system, so if you have existing solar and would like more information on batteries please get in touch. This is called AC-coupling, the AC Powerwall 2 communicates with the Tesla Gateway to determine when to charge and when to discharge.

The Tesla Powerwall 2 is manufactured in Tesla’s Gigafactory based in Nevada in the United States of America providing a high quality manufacturing and quality assurance process. Powerwall 2 is rated for both indoor and outdoor installation. A qualified Dunton Group representative can visit your home or business and help determine what the most suitable solution would be, or we can assist with any questions remotely via phone or email.

There is little to no maintenance required for a Tesla Powerwall, Tesla can update the firmware on your Powerwall remotely via software updates to keep your Powerwall operating at its absolute best performance.

Your Tesla Powerwall can be charged and discharged multiple times per day, this effectively matches surplus solar generation with periods when your energy usage exceeds what your solar system is producing on a regular basis. If your solar system is producing more power than your home is using and your Powerwall is fully charged, the excess solar power will be sold to the grid as per usual.

The other strength of using Tesla products is that Tesla warrants that your Powerwall will be free from defects for 10 years following the date it was first installed. In order to provide the full 10 year warranty period, Tesla requires the ability to update your Powerwall through remote firmware upgrades. Dunton Group will help connect your Powerwall to your home Wi-Fi network and register your system with Tesla. When your Powerwall is installed and connected to the internet, Tesla will update your Powerwall through over-the-air software upgrades from time to time as required. This helps to ensure your Powerwall is operating at its best.