Objectives & Site Considerations
Richard and his family wanted to build a house that was as sustainable as possible – relying on their own solar energy to run their home.
Using the Design for Place house plans from the YourHome website, they would make use of passive solar design (thermal mass, cross-ventilation and window placement) to reduce their energy requirements.
Ave Summer Demand: 13.84kWh/day
Ave Winter Demand: 18.12kWh/day
Design Surge: 7.33kW
1 x Selectronic SP PRO SPMC482 Inverter Charger
24 x BAE VRLA Sealed Gel Batteries (76.8kWh)
48 x REC Solar 290W solar modules (13.92kW)
2 x Fronius Primo 6.0-1 solar inverters
Selectronic ‘Quick View’ monitoring with tablet display
The winter energy production generously accommodates the household usage, and summer production far exceeds what is used. The battery bank has rarely been below 80%, and Richard has future plans to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) with at-home charging.
Harmony House appears on the YourHome website https://www.yourhome.gov.au/case-studies/Inverloch-Victoria, and was a feature house at this year’s Sustainable House Day https://sustainablehouseday.com/listing/harmony-house/
Sustainable House Day Video;
For a fantastic in-depth look at Richard’s house-building journey, check out his website here: https://harmonyhouse.com.au/power.html