Solar, Creating a Brighter Future for Australian Employment


The Move To Solar Over Coal In Australia Will Bring More Job Opportunites For Australians

Brighter future for australian employment

So, we know that having a solar system installed can save you money, reduce your home energy bills drastically, increase your property value and lower the harmful emissions polluting the environment. But did you know it could open the floodgates for employment opportunities in Australia?

By 2016 the number of jobs and people employed in the renewable energy industry across the world hit over the 10 million mark. In 2017 Australia alone had over 6,000 employed in just the Solar PV sector, with the employment opportunities looking to grow further.

As the cost of investing and installing a Solar PV System has dropped and become easily accessible to the average household, the demand has increased. This demand has resulted in an employment boom in the Solar and renewable sector.

Recruitment Opportunities For Coal-based Workers 
As recruitment and opportunities arise in renewable energy, people are afraid that the careers in coal will plummet. However, research conducted by the Climate Council has found that job losses in coal will be more than compensated for by the increasing employment opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Jobs in renewable energy would not only include construction, operation and installation but the maintenance of the systems. The Climate Council has pitched that if Australia was to aim to be 50% renewable by 2030 that it would lead to 28,000 new jobs.

For current workers in the coal-based electricity sector, the transition of employment to the renewable energy sector could be relatively straightforward, due to the shared understanding and process of how electricity works and the available training offered in Australia.

More Money In Solar Sector For Employees

In an American based study, researchers found the annual pay is generally better in solar as opposed to coal. Overall, they found that after retraining technical workers, most would make more money in the solar industry than they do in coal. Similar predictions have been forecasted in the Solar Industry for Australia.


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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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