Solar Rebate Soon To Be Scrapped For W.A? – How To Maximise On The Subsidies!

Maximise on the Government Changes to Solar!

It’s in the news and it’s been up in the air for some time, but in more recent news it looks like the Labor Party will be scraping the Government subsidies (Solar Government Rebate) for West Australian’s switching to solar.

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Energy Minister Ben Wyatt (Labor Party) has motioned that he is in support of cutting the current Solar Government Rebate.

The current Rebate subsidises 54% of the price when purchasing a Solar System for a home or property.

Rebates can vary, but in some instances home owners are getting up to $5000 in assistance towards their systems.

This means prices will go up by this much for a solar system, once the Solar Government Rebate has been cut.

View Current Solar Government Rebates Here!

Wyatt’s Reasoning

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Wyatt’s reasoning behind supporting the cut comes from the substantial drop in the price of solar systems over more recent years. Saying “The Rebate has served its purpose” and that “Solar systems are now affordable, without the assistance of the Government Rebate”.

Wyatt’s signalled that he is more focused on providing assistance to people purchasing batteries for their solar systems. There are at least 240,000 solar homes in Perth alone and Wyatt believes, “Batteries will have a crucial role in WA’s future energy needs,
by helping maximise the use of existing infrastructure and reducing the cost of electricity supply for consumers”.

What are batteries?

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A solar battery is a battery that becomes charged from solar panels. This battery then stores that charge to be used at a later time. The stored power can be used when a homes’ solar panels are no longer generating energy – in other words, the sun is not out.

Benefits of having a solar battery?

Energy Independence

If you are exceeding the amount of energy your solar panels are generating or tend to use a large majority of power when the sun is not out, batteries will give more energy independence.

The excess energy you generate during peak sun exposure hours will be stored for your use, as opposed to being sold back to the grid at a lower rate.

Avoiding the peak time utility costs

During peak energy consumption times, people pay higher rates. These times are typically between 4pm-10pm. Having a battery solar system means being able to rely on battery stored energy, as opposed to the grids. For solar homeowners, this will assist to avoid paying higher utility rates.

How to maximise the benefits of the Solar Government Rebate change

If you’ve been looking into solar and want to make the switch, now is the time!

Not only have current solar systems lowered in price and are extremely efficient, but you can still get the Solar Government Rebate.

The best way to maximise on this future change in rebates is making the switch to solar while the rebate is still kicking on and select a battery ready or compatible system. (Your solar provider will be able to assist you with this).

This means, if (or more likely when) the Government makes the change for rebates to be switched to batteries, you’ll be battery ready and can maximise on subsidies.

Get on to Solar before the Solar Government Rebate changes!

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Sources:
The West
Reneweconomy
9news

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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.