Concerns around the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Australian solar industry have shifted from supply to demand as manufacturers in China resume business-almost-as-usual, but the local economy braces for a major hit.

In a Smart Energy Council-led webinar on Thursday morning, industry leaders talked over the impact of the COVID-19 – on society in general and, in particular, on Australia’s rooftop solar and battery storage industry.

The key message was that solar remains one of the “lucky” sectors in the current crisis; being so closely tied to an essential service, and one of few investments that can honestly claim to offer households and businesses significant cost savings in increasingly uncertain times.

And it could be a particularly good time for battery storage to start gaining ground in the Australian residential market, as solar households look for ways to make the absolute most of their rooftop-generated energy, what with everyone working and schooling from home.

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