For aquaphiles, the city of Mandurah is best place in Western Australia to be.
Found on the coastal side of WA, the Peel Region, most of the city’s economy is based on tourism. The city government is highly committed on preserving the nature and the wildlife Mother Nature gave them.
Spend the day by watching bottlenose dolphins and whales swim by the shore or go watch birds flock on wetlands of international importance. And by night, you can settle in one of cozy wine bars around or gear up to party the night away on the best and busiest clubs around the CBD.
A blossoming cultural centre of WA, Mandurah can also be enjoyed not only by art and water enthusiasts. Sporting crowds can check out golf and country clubs, greyhound racings and the city very own RWC and SBL representatives.
Known for its temperate climate, thousands of tourist visit Mandurah to experience its 12-hours of daylight, warm summers and not-so-cold winters. Blessed with relatively clear weather, households in Mandurah are now investing in solar panels to reap the benefits from the ample sunshine.
The incentives for how solar power is produced and consumed have changed dramatically since the Feed-in Tariff [FIT] component was reduced in 2011.
Previously, customers were best off using as many appliances as possible outside of daylight hours so that they could export as much energy as possible at the higher 47c rate. Now that you’ll be receiving only 8.4c which is less than what you pay for your electricity, the incentive is to use all major appliances during daylight hours so that you’re offsetting this usage with your own solar power.
Most customers now install systems which will offset only what they use during the day with taking into account any anticipated changes over the coming years such as a growing family or retirement.
A big factor that has reduced the effect of the FiT’s removal is the fact that panel prices have plummeted globally over the last year due to oversupply from China which has meant that a 5kW system which would have cost $25,000 last year now costs around $8,000.
The ever increasing cost of electricity means that solar is still a great investment and its benefits will only increase as years go by.
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Western Australia’s Feed in Tariff rate is dependent on the area you live in and who your retailer is.
If you’re with Synergy, you’ll receive 7.135c/kWh. If you’re in the country with Horizon Power then the rate you receive will be between 10 and 50c/kWh depending on the specific area you live in.
Horizon customers should contact Horizon directly on 1800 267 926 or visit the Horizon website for further information. Horizon pays different Feed in Tariffs in each town based on the existing uptake of solar and they also compare the costs of solar with generating power via diesel generators.
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*Rates updated July 2017