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 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.
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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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|Horizon||(Dependent on where you live) 10c – 50c||website|
*Rates updated July 2017