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iStore has formed a strategic partnership with fellow Perth-based company, Village Energy. 

“Village Energy is a local business, offering smart solutions for solar and battery systems amongst other energy management assets. Their goals and ethos in the industry align closely with those of iStore. We are looking forward to working together to deliver another great solution to our customers” says iStore CEO, Eliese De Oliveira. 

The partnership with Village Energy will see the ability to integrate their gateway with iStore inverters. This will enable customers to meet the most recent CSIP-AUS requirements in South Australia. It will also assist customers in Victoria applying for the SolarVIC rebate and customers in Queensland may benefit from Dynamic Exports.  

iStore will also be developing a native solution via their current monitoring app (Univers) to meet the CSIP-AUS requirements which is expected to be completed in the coming months. “Whilst having an immediate solution for SolarVic customers has driven our decision to partner with Village Energy, ultimately having an option of either a gateway device or a native solution gives our customers flexibility in the solutions they wish to offer in the long term,” says Eliese. “It also allows our customers to access those more modern energy retail packages that we are seeing become increasingly popular such as those offered by Amber”. 

iStore anticipates that the integration with Village Energy and subsequent updates by SolarVic will be complete by 5th May 2024 and will post further updates should that advice change. 

What is CSIP-AUS?

‘Common Smart Inverter Profile Australia’ (CSIP-Aus), is a communication protocol that is considered integral to assist electricity networks in the active management of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). It is a local adaptation of the international standard, IEEE 2030.5-2018- which is commonly abbreviated to ‘2030.5’. As Australia continues to forge the way in renewables, it’s of paramount importance that communication protocols are developed to support our grids through this transitional phase. 

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PERTH, Australia, 6th March 2024, iStore is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic agreement with AC Solar Warehouse. Effective from March 1st, 2024, AC Solar Warehouse is appointed as an iStore distributor in Australia.  

“We are confident that our partnership with AC Solar Warehouse will provide our customers with the highest level of customer service driven by a focus on technical support and selective portfolio purchasing”, says iStore CEO Eliese De Oliveira. iStore and AC Solar Warehouse are well aligned with their service-based approach to achieve strong supply chains with convenient, efficient, and locally supported wholesaling within the industry.  

iStore and AC Solar Warehouse are among the most trusted and respected solar energy enterprises. Both companies are proudly 100% Australian-owned, committed to providing customised clean energy solutions for Australian households. The appointment of AC Solar Warehouse is iStore’s second distribution partnership to date. Partnering with key distributors is part of iStore’s strategy to expand its reach in the Australian renewable energy sector. 

 With more products coming into the road map, iStore is powering the complete electrification of the home. For sales inquiries across its product lineup, iStore encourages direct contact with its distributors including AC Solar Warehouse.  

Eliese De Oliveira, iStore CEO

The new role aims to build a tech portfolio to meet the future electrification needs of the Australian market

Perth, Australia – 31 January 2024, iStore, the Australian technology solutions provider celebrated for its commitment to delivering innovative home electrification solutions, proudly announces the appointment of Eliese De Oliveira as its new CEO. With a decade-long career in the solar industry and a solid background in the electrical wholesale sector, Eliese brings a wealth of experience to her new leadership role.

“Over the last couple of years, iStore has made a name for itself with its innovative heat pumps. Now as the company expands into the solar industry and beyond, I am excited to drive and capitalise on the company’s momentum,” says Eliese De Oliveira, iStore’s newly appointed CEO.

Eliese commenced her career in 2011 at Solargain, mastering various roles and steering prominent partnerships with industry giants such as IKEA and Qantas Frequent Flyer. Her extensive experience in the service department and her role as General manager provided a comprehensive view of the solar industry, shaping her leadership approach. 

In her new role, Eliese will focus on building a portfolio aligned with Australia’s evolving electrification needs. She aims to counter rising living costs and develop a monitoring platform for users to engage with the energy network, ensuring a substantial impact for Australian homeowners and the industry as a whole.

De Oliveira’s responsibilities will revolve around driving market growth, spearheading portfolio development and steering iStore towards sustainable growth, and innovation in the Australian home electrification space. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from Murdoch University.

iStore unveiled its new solar offering at the All Energy conference in Melbourne, celebrating with a giveaway competition valued at $100,000, including two electric vehicles. The competition will continue to run. 

About iStore

iStore is a proudly Australian, family-owned business dedicated to collaborating with technology leaders to develop innovative, quality-driven solutions for home electrification and the specific market conditions of Australia. We believe that smart and energy-efficient solutions are the foundations of a sustainable future. Join us on the journey of harnessing the power of innovative technology and clean energy to make a positive impact on our environment and our economy.

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With summer just around the corner, iStore is pleased to be featured in the Summer 2023 Edition of “Smart Energy” Magazine. The full text is available below.

MOST PEOPLE ASSOCIATE ISTORE with the smart air-to-energy hot water system that’s built specifically for Australian conditions. Now the company is forging ahead by diversifying into solar inverters and modular batteries, which made their debut at All Energy Australia in late October. The new product range will include innovative 5kW and 6kW hybrid inverters, complemented by modular batteries ranging from 5kWh, 10kWh, to 15kWh capacity.

“iStore’s mission is to forge strategic partnerships with technology leaders, creating tailor-made electrification solutions that meet the unique needs of Australian households. Our foray into the solar energy sector, seamlessly integrated with our existing product ecosystem represents a natural progression,” says Eliese De Oliveira, General Manager at wholly Australian-owned family enterprise iStore.

“Our target is to electrify homes, our end goal – which we are delivering in bit-sized pieces – is to be a one-stop-shop solution within Australia so we will see an expansion of products, we’re adding in broader aspects of electrification to the home. Our range of water heat pumps was our primary product, and last year we introduced pool heats pumps, now, as announced at All Energy, we are getting into the PV side of the market by introducing PV batteries and inverters. “From the middle of year 2024 we will add EV chargers to the range,” she said.

“This new line perfectly complements iStore’s highly successful hot water solutions… iStore firmly believes that intelligent, energy-efficient solutions lay the foundation for a sustainable future.” iStore batteries and inverters are manufactured in China under an OEM arrangement. Security “We want to eventually invest in local supply and manufacturing, but we don’t yet have the ability, the more important thing now is the supply chain; the issue of cyber security in solar is a hot topic right now, certainly in WA where I’m based, and this was the area we wanted to prioritise taking ownership of,” Eliese told Smart Energy. “We have taken precautions using global entity, the Singapore-based Universe EMS [Energy Management Systems] as our developer.

They have several big-name global clients including Nissan that they provide applications for and provide the application using French servers while we are the administrators so any software changes on the inverter side the data is protected. Eliese added that EMS meets stringent international cyber standards which are more developed than Australia’s.

The new iStore range attracted positivity and interest at All Energy where Eliese picked up the noticeable increase of end-users attending the show, from young families with babies up to retirees. “This is exciting as it shows people are invested in the same journey, smart energy is what we are about and electrification of the home, it’s an important matter,” she said.

Eliese attributes the uptick in consumer interest to cost of living pressures and greater awareness of home electrification which is an obvious option for those wanting to live sustainably and gain greater control over their energy assets. “Another trend is the amount of PV installers who want to expand into hot water systems, so businesses are also adopting the mindset of being a whole home solution for their customers, I think this is exciting.”

She explained the timing of the arrival of new iStore stock in mid-November was less than ideal given most installers had booked out their STC spots, however she anticipates stock will move more rapidly in 2024. Meantime the heat pump hot water market is tracking very well. “That is not ground-breaking news but the positive level of volume and enquiries is welcome,” she said. The popular website My Efficient Electric Home is evidence of the increased interest with hot water heat pumps being the most frequently asked question, having overtaken the number of rooftop PV enquiries a couple of years ago.

Pssst… Want to win a BYD Dolphin valued at $38,800? iStore is giving away two cars in a draw: one to a lucky homeowner and the other to an installer (see page 39). Second and third prizes are a hot water heat pump and a 5kW battery. This generous offer is being promoted through iStore and retailers in a collaborative endeavour to reach a wide audience.

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Friday 13th October 2023. 7:15pm AWST

iStore Expanding into Solar Solutions for A Sustainable Future

New Solar Lineup to Debut at All Energy Conference in Melbourne 

Perth, Australia – 13 October 2023, iStore, the renowned Australian technology solutions provider celebrated for its commitment to delivering innovative home electrification solutions, has announced its expansion into the solar energy sector. iStore’s new solar energy product lineup comprised of solar inverters and modular batteries will debut at the All Energy Australia conference on 25-26 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) – and iStore will give away over $100K worth of prizes, to celebrate the launch.

iStore’s new product range will include innovative 5kW and 6kW hybrid inverters, complemented by modular batteries ranging from 5kWh, 10kWh, to 15kWh capacity.  

“iStore’s mission is to forge strategic partnerships with technology leaders, creating tailor-made electrification solutions that meet the unique needs of Australian households. Our foray into the solar energy sector, seamlessly integrated with our existing product ecosystem represents a natural progression,” says Eliese Deoliveira, General Manager at iStore. “This new line perfectly complements iStore’s highly successful hot water solutions.”  

 The introduction of iStore’s solar inverters and battery storage range marks an exciting new chapter in the company’s journey. As with iStore’s acclaimed heat pump hot water and pool heating solutions, the primary focus is on delivering competitively priced, premium-quality solutions. As a wholly Australian-owned family enterprise, iStore places paramount importance on safety, quality, and unwavering customer support – with dedicated and experienced teams available to support installers across the country.  

 “Looking ahead, we have an exciting roadmap for new products which will see this initial offering expand within 6 months,” adds Eliese Deoliveira, General Manager at iStore. “iStore firmly believes that intelligent, energy-efficient solutions lay the foundation for a sustainable future. We cordially invite our customers to join us on this transformative journey, as we harness the potential of cutting-edge technology and clean energy to create a positive impact on our environment and economy.” 

 Starting from November 2023, iStore’s solar inverters and batteries will be available for purchase through select Australian distributors, ready for seamless installations. 

About iStore 

iStore is a proudly Australian, family-owned business dedicated to collaborating with technology leaders to develop innovative, quality-driven solutions for home electrification and the specific market conditions of Australia. We believe that smart and energy-efficient solutions are the foundations of a sustainable future. Join us on the journey of harnessing the power of innovative technology and clean energy to make a positive impact on our environment and our economy. For additional information, including product datasheets and warranty documents.