AusBN – Housing developers in Australia are considering building new estates powered entirely by rooftop solar, with no connection to the national electricity grid.
The houses would come with solar panels and energy storage as standard, included within the purchase price and mortgage.
Electric vehicles and chargers could be thrown in too, effectively providing cheap and clean transport as well as free electricity.
Philip Keogan, who manages the Australian operations of US storage software company Sunverge, said such developments are already being built in California.
“This is technology of now… we are beyond pilots, beyond trials, this is the technical reality today,” he added.
Such is the popularity of rooftop solar and the hype of renewable energy batteries in Australia, that councils are looking at converting existing housing estates to run in this way.
Such conversions could be of particular benefit to remote communities, that are currently dependent on fossil fuels imported at great expense.