Solar Power & Solar Panels Perth

Perth, Western AustraliaPerth, Western Australia

Why choose solar power in Perth?

Where the Swan River meets the southwest coast you’ll find Perth, the capital of Western Australia. With a population of just over 2 million people, the city is still growing strong. The economic benefits of Australia’s resources boom continue to inspire central Perth’s ongoing urban makeover. The majority of the population lives in the central suburbs and along the white sandy beaches of the coast of WA.

Of the major cities, Perth is the sunniest (3,200 hours annually), with highs of on average 11 hours of sunshine per day in the summer months of December and January it’s great to take advantage of solar power in Perth to convert that sunshine into electricity for your home or even your business.

Solar power is a cheaper alternative

Solar power is fast becoming a cheap, low-carbon technology to harness renewable energy from the Sun. With the costs associated with installing solar panels diminishing they are becoming a more common alternative energy source for homeowners. The ever increasing cost of electricity means that solar is still a great investment and its benefits will only increase as years go by.
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.

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

Power in Perth: Comparing the best solar panel deals

Unsure of what the best solar power deals are in Perth? Here at Solar Market we’ve done the work for you. We provide three free zero obligation quotes so that you are equipped to compare solar installers for yourself. Don’t commit to the first installer that comes your way. Make sure you get the best deals with just a click of a button!   If you’re new to solar power and solar panels systems, don’t worry, find out why solar power is the right choice for your Perth residents, below.

If you’re new to solar power and solar panels systems, don’t worry, find out why solar power is the right choice for your Perth residents, below.

Feed-in Tariffs for Perth Residents

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.

*Retail Energy Provider Current Rate More info
Synergy 7.135c website
Horizon (Dependent on where you live) 10c – 50c website

*Rates updated July 2017

Things You should Know Along Your Solar Journey

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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.