Find the Best Solar deals in Adelaide, SA

Find the best solar power installation deals in Adelaide, South Australia

by James Martin II on February 28, 2012

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

Adelaide, SA is a great place for solar power. With the cost of solar power at historic lows and electricity rates higher than ever, more and more Adelaide homes and businesses are making the move to solar. The motivation to do so is made even stronger thanks to generous federal, state, and city-level incentives.

Going solar in Adelaide: Power production and incentives

Harness the power of the sun in Adelaide

Finding the best deal on solar PV in Adelaide, (or anywhere in Australia), requires understanding what a solar PV system potentially offers its owner. Solar panels produce electricity only when the sun is shining, and how much electricity is generated depends on the intensity and duration of the sunshine.

In Adelaide, 1kW of solar PV capacity will generate approximately 4 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day, averaged across the year. This number will be higher in summer and lower in winter, and the output of a solar system will fluctuate accordingly. With a 1.5kW solar array, 4 hours of peak sun will generate approximately 6kWh of electricity. A 2kW system in Adelaide will generate approximately 8kWh of electricity, a 3kW system in Adelaide will produce around 12kWh per day, and a 5kW system will generate around 20kWh per day.

Federal Government Solar Rebates

The federal government offers up-front incentives in the form of ‘small-scale technology certificates’ (STCs). STCs significantly reduce the cost of having a solar PV system installed, typically by as much as 55-70c per watt, depending on the market price for STCs.

Adelaide City Council’s rebates for solar PV & energy storage

Adelaide city council offers a generous rebate for solar PV and battery storage systems installed in the 5000 and 5006 post codes and which meet certain eligibility criteria. You can read more about this scheme here: Adelaide City Council Sustainable City Incentive Scheme. These rebates are paid out after the system has been installed.

Feed-in tariffs in South Australia

On 30 September 2013, South Australia’s feed-in tariff scheme closed to new applicants. If you are considering installing a solar PV system after this point, it makes the most economic sense if you 1) install a solar system that will not generate more electricity than you require during daylight hours, and 2) endeavour to use as much solar energy as possible while it is being generated–i.e. during sunshine hours.

Although some electricity retailers do credit customers 6-10c/kWh (check out the federal government’s to compare offerings) of solar electricity exported to the grid, this is a nominal offering. The real solar savings are to be had by consuming solar power as it is generated. By doing so, building occupants can avoid purchasing electricity from the grid in the first place–effectively making each kWh of solar power worth as much as each kWh of power purchased from the grid. A Solar Choice representative or your installer should be able to advise you as to the best size of system for you.

Finding the best solar deals in Adelaide

Good return on investment and short payback periods on solar PV systems are predicated on finding the best deal possible on a solar PV system. Most solar PV customers, knowing that cutting corners by looking only for the cheapest system possible can result in future disappointment, look for high-quality components at reasonable prices.

Solar Choice, as Australia’s free Solar Energy Brokering and advice service, is uniquely positioned to identify the best deals on offer anywhere in Australia. Solar Choice can then match customers up with installers to help them find the solar system that best suits their needs and budget. 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.

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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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Shane November 13, 2015 at 4:09 am

Hello. Can you help?? I am purchasing a house which has a 18 year contract for 5 kW solar power system on it. It is 3 years into the contract according to the owners who advised me that I now get that benefit for the next 15 years at the same contracted price of 24 cents per kw as I am taking over the property and contract now. I can find it in any current legislation that this is the case. I saw it was on your page from 2011 however. So just want to know where I stand as when I rang the company they said I am legible for 5 cents :( ??


Shane November 13, 2015 at 4:10 am

Sorry can’t see it in legislation. And can’t find out more cos I am not the policy holder etx


Solar Choice Staff November 13, 2015 at 7:50 am

Hi Shane,

By contract, are you referring to a contract for a solar feed-in tariff, or a power purchase / solar lease agreement?

I’m going to assume that you’re talking about the feed-in tariff rate. In South Australia the benefits do appear to be transferable to those who purchase a home with solar panels on an existing solar feed-in tariff arrangement. You can read a bit more about this in our article ‘When do the feed-in tariffs end?‘; you can also see where it is addressed directly on SA.GOV.AU’s FAQ page about the state’s feed-in tariff.

Hope this clears things up for you! Fortunately it sounds like you’ll be receiving the higher rate!


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