Are you thinking of getting solar panels in Brisbane? Solar energy is quickly becoming one of the more popular investments in Australia, with more and more people becoming more attuned to the environmental issues and health hazards posed by more traditional methods of energy.
Yet the fact remains that there is an upfront cost to switching to solar energy, a substantial amount that, while it may pay for itself in the long-term, still requires a significant financial outlay. So why are so many people getting solar power installed?
If you’re on the fence about getting solar panels installed onto your roof, here’s what you need to know about solar power, and how it may be beneficial for you in the long run.
Why you should get solar panels in Brisbane
Deciding to get solar panels seems to be the logical thing to do. After all, over 30% of homes in the area have solar panels on their roofs, indicating that solar energy, by and large, is sensible and sustainable. Since Brisbane gets an average of 5.5 hours of “peak sun” every day, locals are able to continue their everyday routines without the need to pay for expensive traditional energy.
Yet solar energy depends on the solar system, or energy requirements, of each home. A household’s energy consumption is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh), which is indicative of how much solar energy they need. For example, a solar system that generates 1.5kW can have a daily system output of 7kWh. By knowing how much energy you consume on a daily basis, you will be able to effectively plan which solar panels in Brisbane are best suited for your needs.
To measure your energy consumption, check your energy bill and determine how many kWh you use on a daily basis. Popular solar system sizes in Brisbane can range from 1.5kW to 10kW, which has an average daily system output of 47kWh.
Another reason locals support solar energy is the fact that the federal government offers a discount on the cost of installing a solar system through Australia’s Renewable Energy Target. The cost of the discount varies on the location and system size, but the discount is nonetheless substantial at about 30 to 40% of the total installation cost. This minimises the need for families to outlay such a large amount of money upfront to get their solar panels installed in Brisbane, as the investment is currently well supported and encouraged by the government.
Of course, given that the solar energy market in Australia is well saturated, there are many, many installers who are offering competitive solar system prices. Although this does mean that you can shop around and see which company offers the best deals, customers should be wary that not all solar companies will provide the same level of service and they may not be around to honour warranties in years to come.
There are also significant savings you will incur once you make the switch to solar energy. By optimizing the system size to reduce the amount of energy imported from the grid, considerable savings can be made on your energy bill. In addition, unused solar energy is sold back into the grid to power homes, where there is a nominal feed in tariff for solar electricity that has not been consumed by the household. While the amount saved on each electricity bill after getting solar panels in Brisbane is not huge, over the years the total savings can build up and your solar system will theoretically pay for itself (usually within 4-6 years).
In regards to solar energy consumption, it is advisable for homes to use as much of their solar electricity themselves, minimizing the exported energy. The way to do it is to determine your approximate energy usage, start cutting back on electric consumption during the evening and then determining a solar system that works for you. This way, you will have minimal energy wastage and would therefore be able to get the most out of your system.
Getting solar panels in Brisbane may be the best choice you’ll make for your family. If you are unsure about what size system you need or simply want more information, please submit an enquiry on our website at www.keen2bgreen.com.au/contact
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