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 EnergyMadeEasy.gov.au 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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