Solar Power & Solar Panels Whyalla

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Whyalla, South AustraliaWhyalla, South Australia

A serene, red steel city where the outback meets the sea, mixed with the city’s semi-arid climate, Whyalla is the ideal holiday destination.

An excellent foreshore, marina and a shady park, the HMAS Whyalla and the annual migration of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish are only few of the feathers the city of Whyalla wears on its cap.

A city shaped by the steelworks and iron industry, the ‘Steel City’ is also known for the steelworks that are still doing regular tours and the Annual Snapper festival that happens every Easter weekend.

Why choose solar power in Whyalla

After the failure of funding the construction of Australia’s biggest solar power plant back in 2013, the citizens of Whyalla are now slowly standing up. More households are now harnessing the energy coming from our mighty sun.

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 new Solar Savings 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.

Feed-in Tariffs for Whyalla 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 More info
Lumo Energy 7c Website
AGL 16.3c Website
Simply Energy 6.8c Website
Origin 11c Website

*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.