Solar Energy Benefits and Advantages

Residential solar’s popularity is sky-rocketing in Australia due to increased affordability, great return on investment and Government rebates. By installing a solar PV system at your property you can reap the benefits of reduced electricity bills and have less reliance on the grid. Despite this, some people are still unsure if installing solar is worth it or if it is right for their circumstances.

Let’s discuss some of the other advantages of having a Solar PV System.

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  • Reduced Electricity Bills
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    Having a solar system installed at your property means generating your own electricity, therefore reducing the amount of electricity you purchase from the electricity grid, resulting in lowered electricity bills. Households can see up to 80% reduction on electricity bills with possible savings of over $1500 per year.

  • Environmentally Friendly
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    Requiring zero fuel, solar energy is a great alternative to traditional fossil fuels, utilising the free light energy created by the sun. Solar does not release any harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), ammonia (NH3), particulate matter (PM10) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are all emitted with the burning of coal, and thus are associated with traditional coal fire power stations.

    Unlike the alternatives, solar energy does not produce radioactive waste, is renewable, and is freely available.

  • Protection from Electricity Price Rises
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    We’ve watched electricity prices steadily increase each year and we’re unlikely to experience a decline anytime soon. Limiting the amount of electricity you need to purchase from the grid by having a solar system protects you from being affected by electricity price rises and fluctuations.

  • Affordability
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    Solar system prices have drastically decreased over recent years, becoming an affordable and worthwhile investment for the average household in Australia. Rebates and financial assistance is also available to reduce the upfront costs of purchasing a system.

    Click here to find out average system prices and return on investment payback periods.

  • Government Incentives
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    Government incentives in the form of rebates, subsidies and financial assistance are available across Australia to assist Australians to purchase and install solar systems at their home or business. These can usually be organised by the installer of your system if they are an approved supplier and are installing approved products.

    Federal Government Solar Subsidies

    The Federal Government Solar Rebate, officially known as the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), entitles individuals and small businesses to large subsidies when installing eligible small-scale renewable energy systems such as solar panel systems.

    State-Based Incentives

    Some State Governments throughout Australia have released their own solar and battery incentives to keep Australians investing in renewable energy. Depending on your location, rebates and incentives will vary.

    Find out the different rebates, subsidies and incentives available to you.

  • Accessibility
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    Solar energy will be freely available for as long as the sun exists! Not only will the source of solar systems energy be around for the next 5 billion years, but as residential solar becomes increasingly popular, more installers and providers are becoming Clean Energy Council accredited making it easier and more accessible to find quality providers.

  • Low Maintenance
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    As solar panels have no moving parts they require very little maintenance apart from cleaning and inspections. 

  • Warranties
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    Most solar panels have an expected lifespan of 25 years with performance warranties to match. 

  • Property Value
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    Adding solar to your property can increase the property value and make it more desirable on the market, should you decide to sell in the future.

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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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