Solar Power & Solar Panels Queensland

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With solar rebates, specifically Small-scale Technology Certificates [STCs] in Queensland equating to around $4500, there’s never been a better time to invest in a solar system.

The key to solidifying the best ROI on your solar system is to optimize it for self-consumption.  The best way to manage that is by installing a system that produces close to what you will use during the day or appliances that you can reasonably expect to power in the middle of the day [dishwashers, washing machines, change hot water timers, irrigation, pool pumps etc.].

This methodology ensures that you’re using your own power and not importing from the grid at rates ranging from 29c/kWh to 38c/kWh.

With power prices in Queensland expected to increase substantially over the next couple of years, solar is a great way to protect yourself and your family against these price hikes.

Another factor that has helped to cushion the impact of rising power prices is the fact that solar panel prices worldwide have plummeted recently, making solar systems the most affordable they’ve ever been.

Additionally,  you’ll still receive assistance from the Federal Government under the Solar Credit Scheme.  We have more information here.

To work out your payback period and returns on investment, go here – Financial returns and payback periods or check out our new Solar Payback Calculator.

If you have any questions about how to use the formulas or any other matter, please don’t hesitate to ask us a question.

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Feed-in Tariffs for Queensland

*Retail Energy Provider Current Rate More Info
AGL 10.6c – 20c /kWh Website
Origin 0c – 20c /kWh Website
Energy Australia 16.1c /kWh Website
Click Energy 0c -16c /kWh Website
Ergon 9.4c /kWh Website
Diamond 12c /kWh Website

*Updated Feb 2019

The government will continue to honour the 44c/kWh rate for applications submitted before 9 June 2012 as well as 8c/kWh for applications submitted prior to July 30, 2014.

Although the government no longer offers a feed-in tariff for new installations, most energy retailers in Queensland continue to offer competitive feed-in tariff rates to their customers, which is an added bonus to your core STC benefit.

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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.