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Kate and Phil moved to Mallacoota after downsizing and selling their property in Gippsland. With some funds left over, they made the decision to invest in a solar and battery system. They wanted to be able to store their solar to use at night, but more importantly, they like the idea of being self-sufficient; in a town with regular grid outages, peace of mind was important to them.

Not long after the solar and Tesla Powerwall 2 system was installed, the devastating black summer bushfires hit Mallacoota. It was the ultimate test for their system. Phil and Kate only just saved their home.

With the mains electricity down and Mallacoota plunged into darkness, their fairy lights were the only way they could locate their home while fighting the ember attack. With power cut off to the town, for the next 2 weeks, Kate and Phil's home became a refuge - a place where their friends and community could come for a cuppa, a hot shower or a shoulder to cry on.

The solar and battery system rose to the occasion. It kept the lights on, even with a thick smoky sky badly affecting the solar performance.

Components used

Solar panels

6.3 kW solar system
20 Trina Honey M Plus mono panels


20 Enphase IQ-7 microinverters


13.2 kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery

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