Solar Power & Solar Panels Melbourne

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Compare solar quotes, or read on to find out more about Melbourne installers and rebates that are available in Victoria.

Melbourne is known for having four seasons in one day. Summer days can be hot, sunny and dry, whilst during the winter there can be high rainfall. Whilst Melbourne has less sun compared to many other Australian cities, there is still significant power that can be utilised for solar.

Solar market allows you to compare quotes from up to 3 solar installers in your local area. We put you in touch with reliable, CEC accredited installers who will look at your situation and come up with the best system for your needs.

What size system should I get?

Whilst Melbourne does not have as much sun as some of the other major cities in Australia, a significant amount of savings can be made on electricity with a solar system installed. A small 1.5kW solar system will result in approximately 5.4kWh of electricity on average per day, whilst a large 5kW system will generate around 18kWh a day, enough for most households of 3-4 people.

The following table shows what system size you will need for a small, medium and large household.

Small Home Medium Home Large Home
1.5kw system 3kw system 4kw system
5.4kWh ave daily output 10.8kWh ave daily output 14.4kWh ave daily output

Visit our pay back period page to get further information on how long it will take your system to pay for itself.

What rebates are available?

The current rebate available is from the Federal Government, which is generally given as a discount on the price of installation from your installer. There is a small amount of paperwork to do, but the solar company you deal with should be able to guide you through this process. By claiming the rebate this way, you can get a direct discount from the installer and don’t have to worry about claiming the rebate yourself at a later date.

The rebate is not means tested, can only be claimed once per property but there is no limit to how many properties you can claim it on.

Learn more about rebates available from the federal government.

What feed-in tariff is available?

Currently in Victoria, the State Government mandates that electricity retailers pay you at least 8c 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 More Info
AGL 8c Website
Click Energy 10c Website
Lumo Energy 8c Website
Origin 8c Website
Red Energy 8c Website
Simply Energy 8c Website
Energy Australia 8c Website
Power Direct 8c Website
Diamond Energy 8c Website

With daytime Victorian electricity rates steadily increasing, a typical install can pay for itself within 5 years, particularly where you have significant day time power usage.

Now is the time to switch to solar

Electricity prices are continuing to rise, whilst panels have came down in price 75% in the last 4 years. Make your switch to solar today!

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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.