Solar Power & Solar Panels Melbourne

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Melbourne, the capital of Victoria is also known as the cultural capital of Australia. With its unique mix of style, sport and culture Melbourne has something for everyone.

The sporting crowd can’t go to Melbourne without seeing an AFL game at the MCG or checking out the fillies and the fashions of the racing carnivals, including the
Melbourne Cup and the Cox plate.

With the boutique shopping on Collins St and Chapel St, the outlets in the CDB and the numerous markets scattered throughout the city, any shopaholic or fashionista should arrive in Melbourne with at least one empty suitcase.

One of Melbourne’s biggest attractions is the city’s hidden laneways. Full of art, fashion and food. Full of late night cocktail bars, quirky restaurants and groovy little coffee houses, a wander down one of these laneways is sure to delight and surprise visitors and locals alike.

The latest jewel in Melbourne’s crown, is the innovation of its rooftop scene. In the summertime months, before sunset or after dark, you can catch a movie, have a meal or just a cheeky drink over looking the city’s skyline from any number of newly minted rooftop venues.

Why choose solar power in Melbourne?

And yes it’s true that summer in Melbourne is always warm, there’s at least least 12 hours of sunlight which is more than adequate for taking advantage of the sun’s unlimited power, to be converted in to electricity. Taking advantage of this natural resource can reduce your electricity bill, aid in lowering carbon emissions and increase your property value.

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 Melbourne: Comparing the best solar panel deals

It’s hard to know where to start with all the solar power deals happening in Melbourne. Here at Solar Market, we narrow it down to the most competitive rates and provide with three, obligation free quotes for you to compare. Even with the ever changing Melbourne weather, solar power is a cheaper alternative to rising electricity costs in the central Victoria area. Get started on your solar panel systems install as soon as you can. Claim your quotes now!

Feed-in Tariffs for Melbourne 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.

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