Solar For All Campaign Launched

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A Solar For All Campaign has been launched by the Community Power Agency calling State Governments in Australia to assist in unlocking the accessibility and benefits of solar energy to those in unsuitable housing situations for solar installations, such as apartments and rentals.

The Fact Sheet provided from Community Power Agency stated that “In 2018 ACCC found solar households were saving an average of $514/year on their electricity bill. Unfortunately, more than 35% of households (2.7million) are locked out of solar, as they can’t afford it, rent, live in an apartment or homes with shady or unsuitable roofs.”

The campaign was launched on the 8th of October with the objective to have State Governments commit to ensuring all Australians can access solar no matter where they live.

“Solar energy reduces people’s electricity bills and cuts climate pollution. Everyone deserves to access these benefits, regardless of their living arrangements or income levels,” said Nicky Ison, founder and co-director, Community Power Agency.

The Community Power Agency has put forward their suggested solution of funded Solar Gardens where a centralised solar array would offer consumers the opportunity to purchase or rent solar panels. The electricity generated from those panels would then be deducted from their electricity bill.

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Liuanga Palu, Marrickville renter and co-lead of Sydney Alliance’s Voices for Power campaign, said: “I keep my heater and air conditioning use to a minimum because electricity is just too expensive—you can imagine how miserable that is on a freezing winter day or a scorching summer one.”

“It’s frustrating to know that solar could cut my household bills by hundreds of dollars a year, but that I can’t tap into these benefits because I can’t afford the upfront costs or to buy a home yet.

Currently in Australia homeowner-occupiers have had the opportunity of installing solar at significantly reduced costs through receiving the Federal Government Rebate, as well as added subsidies and incentives offered in various states. While these rebates have been highly commended by Australian homeowners, it is the renters and apartment dwellers that have been neglected.

“Governments can easily fix this unfair situation in Australia by funding solar garden trials and solar rebates for low-income and locked-out households.” Nicky Ison, founder and co-director, Community Power Agency.

The recent campaign has sparked interest and support from many Australian’s however we are still yet to know if it will make into the Government’s funding for future budgets.

Although for those who fall into the category of Australians who are unable to install solar due to being unable to afford the upfront costs, some current solutions are available.

Low Interest Finance Is Available

Australians wanting to reap the benefits of solar now but are unable to afford the upfront costs despite the Government Rebate, should consider Low-interest Green Loan Finance. While there are a few finance and loan options out there, when shopping around it’s more cost-effective and safe to go with a Government-backed Green Loan which is specifically designed for those wanting to invest in green projects. A well-known and reputable name amongst the market is RateSetter who provide low-interest loans, specifically for green projects or energy efficient products. Supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, RateSetter’s Green Loan offers low-interest rates from 6.9% p.a.

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A Green Loan’s low-interest rate means the savings you have accumulated from using your solar system could cover your loan repayments!

  • Rates as low as 6.9% p.a.
  • Borrow from $2,001 – $45,000 for green projects; including solar systems and battery
  • From 3 – 7 years with no exit fees or early repayments penalties
  • Fast online application in as little as 5 minutes
  • Be rewarded for having great credit

 

Many of our installers are accredited to provide finance through Green Loans and can assist you with your finance applications.

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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.