Affectionately knows known as ‘The Gong’, Wollongong is the envy of many cities. With an active cultural and arts scene, budding small bar scene, idyllic cafes and restaurants showcasing the finest seafood and other cuisines plus a laid-back beachy lifestyle, Wollongong is your heaven on earth.
A city where the mountains meet the sea, The Gong boasts the best that nature has to offer. In the city alone, there are already 17 patrolled surf beaches. The Gong’s pride, the ever-famous Great Pacific Drive is surrounded by some of the most spectacular coastline in NSW.
Being one of the country’s most culturally diverse city, Wollongong is quickly being known for its ability to tickle every tourist’s taste buds. You can find eateries offering high quality local produce and a truly multicultural display of cuisines from around the globe, restaurants in Wollongong are asserting themselves in the battle for New South Wales’ dining dollars.
The sporting crowd can also enjoy their stay in Wollongong as the city also has sporting grounds to keep every sport enthusiasts entertained. There are tennis and squash courts found around the city. You can also check out other spectator sports ground like rugby, cricket and basketball.
Annually, the city of Wollongong is receiving 107.4 clear days and rainfalls are fairly distributed throughout the year. With low number of clear days, the locals of Wollongong are maximizing the sunny days by harnessing the solar energy.
With daytime NSW electricity rates up to 35c/kWh, offsetting daytime usage with your own solar power is effectively like having a 35c Feed in Tariff.
When feed-in tariff rates were higher, the incentive was to export as much power during the day as possible by using appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines at night. Now with little incentive to export power, the best strategy is to set timers on these and other appliances and use them during the middle of the day so they run off your solar power and this will mean you won’t be paying the high rates.
Additionally, the fact that panel prices globally have plummeted over the last year means you can now have a 5kW system installed for under $10,000 whereas previously the same system would have set you back between $20,000~$30,000.
Combine these points with the fact that electricity prices have just risen 18% in NSW with more increases expected in the future.
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Although New South Wales no longer has a guaranteed Feed-in tariff, most retailers still provide a relatively high rate for the electricity you feed back into the grid.
Rates are subject to change and vary across different retailers, be sure to check with your retailer about the rate which you are eligible to receive.
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*Rates updated April 2016