RAA expands its solar array as sparks demand – pv magazine International

With soaring global energy prices driving increased interest in renewable technologies, the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia has expanded its PV and battery-powered solar energy storage offerings with the acquisition of installer Living Energy and Adelaide-based Lovell Electrical.

The Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAA) has been providing residential solar PV and battery storage solutions across the state since 2020 and is now set to target the commercial sector as well after acquiring the company from design and installation Living Energy and Lovell Electrical.

South Australia’s largest member-owned association, with more than 750,000 members, said the acquisition of Living Energy and Lovell Electrical, including its team of 24 employees, would allow it to expand its network solar and battery solutions to meet the needs of businesses as well as residential customers. across the state.

Ben Lovell, former managing director of Living Energy and now senior director of RAA Solar and Battery, said the transaction presented an exciting opportunity.

“Being acquired by RAA and working with its experts accelerates our opportunities a hundredfold,” he said.

RAA Solar and Battery spokesman Ben Halman said the deal would help facilitate the continued growth of the solar energy company which has grown rapidly since its inception.

Ben and David Lovell of Living Energy/Lovell Electrical, with Ben Halman of RAA.

Image: RAA

Halman said sales of solar PV and battery systems increased 76% in the second year of operation and the company was on track to double sales this year as recent events sparked renewed momentum. of interest for solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage systems.

“The level of inquiries about our range of solar systems jumped 50% after the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) announced a market default bid price hike in May,” it said. -he declares.

“Interest in batteries has also increased since last month’s warning from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) about potential blackouts in South Africa.”

Halman said the increase in inquiries was unsurprising, with households turning to rooftop solar and energy storage technology in a bid to combat soaring energy costs. .

“On average, people can save between 50 and 75 percent on their electricity bills, or an average of $1,500 a year,” he said.

“In addition to saving money on their electricity bills, solar systems also significantly reduce a household’s carbon footprint, which is great for the environment.”

Homeowners in South Australia have quickly embraced rooftop solar, with data provided by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) showing that more than 300,000 homes already have solar panels installed.

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