Solar Power & Solar Panels Ballarat

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Ballarat, VictoriaBallarat, Victoria

The state’s largest inland city with a blooming cultural and art scenes, the city of Ballarat is strongly influenced by the Victorian gold rush whose legacy are still reflected in its architecture and streetscapes.

The city of Ballarat has diverse range of offerings that every tourist can enjoy. There are festivals held throughout the year, live bands at local bars and pubs and theatrical performances. Tourists can also check out Sovereign Hill and the Gold Rush Mini Golf to experience that ‘gold rush.’ Another pride of Ballarat is the Lake Wendouree, a 200-hectare man-made lake where the rowing event of 1956 Olympic Games were held. The lake also serves as an important oasis for bird life.

We all know that solar energy is the cleanest and greenest source of sustainable energy. Since a normal day in Ballarat consists of almost 12-hours of sun, locals are now installing solar panels in order to reduce the reliance on overseas oil resources and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions affecting the climate change.

Solar power is cheaper alternative

With power prices expected to rise substantially over the coming years, installing solar is a great way to protect yourself going forward. With system prices at all time lows, you can expect your solar system to pay for itself in less than 5 years.

To work out your payback period and returns on investment, go here – Financial returns and payback periods or check out 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.

Solar Power in Ballarat: Comparing the best solar panel deals

One solar panel systems quote isn’t enough to get a competitive price. Solar Market sends three competitive quotes for your comparison. We make it easier by narrowing down all the affordable solar panel installer deals in Ballarat. With the increasing sunshine and increasing cost of electricity, there’s no time better than now to switch to solar power.

New to the idea of solar power? Read up on the solar panel and solar power situation in Ballarat below.

Feed-in Tariffs for Ballarat residents

Currently in Victoria, the State Government mandates that electricity retailers pay you at least 5c for each kWh you export to the grid. This is available for systems up to 5kW in size and is reviewed annually and adjusted based on the wholesale price of electricity.

While the state government does mandate a minimum 8c/kWh feed in tariff rate to be provided by energy retailers, some retailers do offer higher rates. Do your homework on which retailer can provide you the highest rate to get the best possible deal.

*Retail Energy Provider Current Rate
AGL 11.3c
Click Energy 10c – 16c
Lumo Energy 11.3c
Origin 11.3c
Red Energy 11.3c
Simply Energy 11.3c
Energy Australia 11.3c
Power Direct 11.3c
Diamond Energy 11.3c

*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.