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A life without power bills? You better believe it …

Written by The ReReport

A battery-run housing development in Adelaide’s southwest has been labelled a game-changer in tackling SA’s growing energy crisis.

Promising savings of $60,000 per home over the next 20 years, the Warradale development will be the first of its kind to deliver a cost-neutral lifestyle with the help of government subsidies.

It will consist of five, two-storey dwellings located at 378 Morphett Rd, each equipped with a 5kW solar system and a 7.5kW sonnenBattery, supplied and installed by Natural Solar.

DLH Project director Daniel Harris said the homes were due for completion next month with two further developments already in the pipeline.


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He said the development was a “real game-changer” for SA’s housing industry with buyers only required to pay a $42 monthly admin fee, rather than a traditional electricity bill.

“While there are other developments in Australia that have batteries integrated, this is the first in the country that has been able to use a government subsidy to support the implementation of battery power,” he said.

“Based on this new subsidy from the South Australian government, I imagine more developers in the state will be integrating battery power in their builds as this is now more accessible.”

Mr Harris said house prices ranged from $519,000 to $549,000 with each home comprising of three bedrooms, two bathrooms and generous-sized living spaces.

“We have had strong interest from buyers in this development and already, we’ve released two dwellings prior to completion, and have sold one of the properties,” he said.

“The interest we have seen so far in this development has been predominantly first home buyers, young families and professionals.”

Natural Solar CEO Chris Williams, said South Australia’s battery subsidy had fuelled a statewide demand for home batteries with his company reporting an increase by over 1000 per cent.

“South Australia is currently at the point of an energy crisis and we need more visionary developers setting a new benchmark for sustainable living within a forward thinking state,” he said.

“Personally I believe that batteries will eventually become the new ‘must-have’ in a home; the new Miele oven or marble benchtop. It will become the standard item within a property.

“I believe that because installing a battery now makes sense, because of the scheme.”

For more information contact Harris Real Estate.

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