Adelaide-based developer DLH Projects is close to completing its battery-run housing development in the city's south west.
The project will be the first of its kind to deliver a cost-neutral lifestyle with the assistance of government subsidies.
The sustainable development, located in Warradale, will comprise of five, two-storey townhouses each equipped with a 5kW solar system and a 7.5kW sonnenBattery.
Each sonnenBatterie has an expected lifespan of 20 years, with a 10,000 cycle 10 year warranty.
Over the lifespan of each battery, homeowners can expect to save $60,000 per home which is certainly a huge incentive for buyers.
DLH Projects director Daniel Harris told The Urban Developer a chance encounter at this year's Urbanity conference in Brisbane led him into sustainable development after realising the benefits for developers and buyers.
“I was really inspired at Urbanity earlier this year,” Harris said.
“I sat in on a workshop conducted by Chris Williams founder of Natural Solar where he explained the opportunity for developers who are seeking renewable energy solutions including battery power and home energy storage solutions.”
“When working with Natural Solar to develop a custom solution for the Morphett Road development, I knew this would be an additional incentive for buyers to purchase a property and we are getting a great deal of interest through for this developer.”
Home owners using the sonnenBatterie system under South Australia's new subsidy support will forgo paying quarterly electricity bills and instead pay a monthly administration fee.
“For people interested in future-proofing their homes against grid instability and rising electricity prices, sonnen made sense,” Harris said.
“The fact sonnen is also now manufacturing locally in South Australia was a deciding factor.”
“Supporting companies that stimulate the local economy and growth is important.”
Natural Solar CEO Chris Williams told The Urban Developer he expects solar batteries to fast become a central hub for the smart home, powering home automation and electric vehicle charger integration.
“The appetite for a sustainable approach to development is here and happening right now,” Williams said.
“In the current normalising property market, where point of difference is more important than ever, there's no doubt developers are best positioned when they provide buyers with what they are asking for and what the market demands.”
Williams said the wide-spread interest from developers was being “completely driven by consumers”, with inquiries for Natural Solar rising to more than 300,000 in 24 months.
“No doubt, solar and battery inclusions will become the equivalent of a marble bench top upgrade for many buyers moving forward, and unlike the marble bench top, it will save buyers money and offer a great ROI,” Williams said.
DLH currently have two developments in the pipeline that will also involve battery powered properties and will base the decision to implement a similar model on consumer interest.
“We will certainly be looking at battery power and more renewable energy options for future developments,” Harris said.
“The spotlight for new developments is on technology, integrated smart homes and how these can help consumers save money, and we know this coupled with many environmental benefits will be a huge driver for developments across the country.”
The development is scheduled for completion January 2019, with prices expected to range between $520,000 and $550,000.