Best Solar Deals Hobart, Tasmania

Find solar power system deals in Hobart & Tasmania

by James Martin II on December 1, 2015

in Solar and Renewable Energy Policy,State Government solar feed-in tariffs,TAS

Solar power system prices have fallen significantly in recent years in Tasmania, as well as throughout Australia and the rest of the world. It is for this reason that installing a solar power system in Hobart & the rest of Tasmania is a good investment for the right homes & businesses. This article is an overview of what you need to consider when looking into getting a solar PV system in Tasmania, including pricing, incentives and system sizing.

Benefits of solar power in Hobart: Generate your own electricity

The first step in finding the best deals on solar power is understanding its potential benefits to a home or business. Solar panels only produce power when the sun is shining. Depending on the climatic conditions of the location in which a solar system is installed, the amount of sunlight varies. Although Tasmania is not as sun-blessed as the more northern parts of the country, there still remains ample sunlight to make going solar worthwhile.

Solar system power generation estimates:

The average Tasmanian rooftop receives an annual average of about 3.5 hours of sun per day, although this number will be higher in the summer and lower in the winter. Estimated daily generation figures for different size systems based on 3.5 sun hours are detailed below. (To put these numbers in context, the average, 3-person home in Australia will consume about 20 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day.)

1.5kW solar system – 5.25kWh 

2kW solar system – 7kWh

3kW solar system – 10.15kWh

5kW solar system – 17.5kWh

Power consumption vs solar generation in Hobart & Tasmania: How solar panels can save you money on your power bill

Choosing the right solar system size for a home or business requires first understanding the occupant’s/owner’s budget & goals, plus the government incentives available to them. Different homes use different amounts of electricity, and at different times of day. Tasmanian households & businesses should aim to consume as much of the solar electricity that their systems produce as possible to ensure they get the most value as possible. Excess electricity, which is automatically exported to the grid when not consumed by appliances inside the building it services, will earn their owners credits on their bill to the tune of about 8c/kWh, whereas consuming the solar power directly will save them 20c+/kWh on their power bills in the form of avoided electricity purchase.

Basically, it is a question of ‘offset value’ vs ‘export value’, and the offset value of solar power is much more than the export value. This means that solar system owners should try to consume power as much as possible during the daytime, and systems should be sized to meet daytime demand (unless an energy storage unit is to be deployed).

Tasmania Federal Government Solar Rebates for Hobart & Tasmania

Hobart residents who install a solar panel system will receive what is effectively an up-front discount from the federal government through the Renewable Energy Target scheme (RET). This discount, which comes in the form of  ‘small-scale technology certificates’ (STCs), applies to any certified renewable energy generation system under 100kW in capacity. In Hobart and the rest of Tasmania, STCs effectively cut about 55-65c per watt from the cost of having a system installed. Most installers in the Solar Choice network will disclose this discount in their pricing info when you request a Solar Quote Comparison.

Finding the best solar deals in Tasmania

Solar Choice, as Australia’s free Solar Energy Brokering and advice service, helps customers to find the best deals on offer anywhere in Australia–including Hobart, Launceston and the rest of Tasmania. Request a Solar Quote Comparison today by filling out the form to the right of this page, or call us on 1300 78 72 73.

(Top image credit: JJ Harrison, via Wikipedia.)

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James Martin II

James Martin II

James has been working as analyst and online development manager for Solar Choice since 2011. He holds a master's degree in Environmental Management from UNSW, and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Bridgewater State University in his native Massachusetts.
James Martin II

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John Thirgood April 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm

THE CURRENT FEED-IN TARIFF ARRANGEMENT
• Tasmanians who have solar power and are producing more than they use are currently receiving a 1 for 1 feed-in arrangement for feed-in. This mean that they are essentially able to “park” their excess power at Aurora and the save that for a time of year when they need it.
THE PROBLEM
• Treasury is analysing and reviewing the current system of solar grid feed-in rates in Tasmania and the talk and fear in the community that we may end up with a 6 or 8 cent feed-in tariff.
• Tasmanians who have installed solar power, have done so with the security of a one for one feed-in tariff. This made it a viable proposition for them.
• Without the feed-in tariff as we have it, the investment will be scuttled by any decision to reduce tariff to such a low level.
• The many solar businesses in Tasmania will be put at extreme risk of failing with a huge lost of job directly and indirectly in the industry.
• Local jobs and further expansion and employment opportunity is now under serious threat and the future is resting on the outcome of this government decision.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
• We can combine our voices to demand that our feed-in tariff is retained is protected by legislation from our parliament.

John Holloway September 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Could you please advise what tilt angle a solar array should be installed at when the house is situated very close to Hobart?

Many thanks,

John Holloway

Solar Choice Staff September 16, 2014 at 6:09 am

Hi John,

As a rule of thumb, grid-connected systems should have their solar panel array tilted so as to optimise for summer solar irradiation. The formula for this is latitude minus 10degrees. Since the latitude for Hobart id 42, the best tilt angle would be around 32degrees. (Read more: Solar panel tilt & orientation in Australia.)

Bear in mind, though that the assumption behind this formula is that your summertime cooling loads (refrigerator, AC, etc) are greater than your heating loads in winter. This is generally the case as most homes do not use electricity for heating (instead opting for gas, wood, or oil), but they do generally use electricity for cooling.

Hope this helps!

Roger Cox September 13, 2015 at 1:01 am

There is a mistake in the paragraph below. You probably mean … greater than you heating loads in the winter, instead of “greater than your cooling loads.”

Bear in mind, though that the assumption behind this formula is that your summertime cooling loads (refrigerator, AC, etc) are greater than your cooling loads. This is generally the case as most homes do not use electricity for heating (instead opting for gas, wood, or oil), but they do generally use electricity for cooling.

Solar Choice Staff September 14, 2015 at 10:27 am

Thanks, Roger – we have fixed the typo. And your point that summer electrical cooling loads are usually lower than winter electrical heating loads in most homes is definitely correct. Each home should look at their own situation carefully before making a decision about going solar.

Andrew Blaxland January 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

Your website is showing comments by James Martin under the heading “Find solar power system deals in Hobart and Tasmania” which are dated 9th March 2012 – so these remarks are nearly four years old. Much has happened in that time and most circumstances, prices, government policies, subsidy programmes, power company terms and technology capabilities – have changed in that period. I note also that nearly all of your multi-city cost comparison charts exclude Hobart.

Does Solar Choice, or Mr Martin, have any more current comments or advice which would be helpful to potential new solar customers in Tasmania?

Solar Choice Staff January 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Thanks, Andrew. This has come to our attention and we are looking to rectify outdated information on our site ASAP – to be completed by January of this year.

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