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Mount Gambier, South AustraliaMount Gambier, South Australia

Sitting in between the busy cities of Melbourne and Adelaide, Mount Gambier is described as the city of ‘craters, lakes and caves’. As a thriving progressive community, located on the slopes of a volcano, both residents and tourists enjoy a quality lifestyle hugged by Mother Nature.

Famous for its ‘Blue Lake’ which changes colour dramatically each year, the city also boasts beautiful parks and gardens, caves and sinkholes. You can also find diverse range of shopping and entertainment establishments while being surrounded by volcanic crater lakes, limestone and underground aquifers.

Food lovers will enjoy sophisticated dining, casual eateries or gourmet delights at cozy pubs, local bakeries, butchers, delicatessens and fruiterers.

Motor sport is a regular draw among the sporting crowd, but others can still check out spectator events like rugby, netball, cricket and tennis.

Mount Gambier may seem small but it is the largest city in the South Australia region that is best known for being the hub of new and renewable energy in the country. Solar systems remain popular among Mount Gambier residents and businesses. The city, after all, receives nearly four hours of peak sun every day. Solar companies in Mount Gambier are growing in numbers to cater to the ever increasing demand for solar panels.

Why choose solar power in Mt Gambier?

With power prices nationwide expected to increase substantially over the next couple of years, solar is a great way to protect yourself and your family.

On top of the savings that you can receive once your solar power system starts producing power through Feed-in tariffs, the reduction in the up-front cost of systems is also an incentive in itself. Panel prices have fallen dramatically over the last 18 months and this means that a 5kW system which previously cost around $25,000 now costs around $7,000.

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

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Solar Power in Mt Gambier: Comparing the best solar panel deals

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Feed-in Tariffs for Mt Gambier residents

The South Australian state government mandates a minimum retail Feed-in Tariff rate of 7.6c/kWh for residential solar power systems up to 5kW. Retailers can, and some do, provide higher rates for power you feed back into the system, so make sure to check with your retailer about what rate you can expect.

*Energy Retailer Current Rate
Lumo Energy 7c
AGL 16.3c
Simply Energy 6.8c
Origin 11c

*Rates updated July 2017

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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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