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Residential solar system prices

Residential Solar PV Price Index – September 2016

September 19, 2016
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Average residential solar system prices for September 2016 have matched the all-time low seen in December of last year, when prices dipped just below $1.60 per watt ($1.60/W). In other news, for the first time we have colour-coded our pricing tables to make it easier to tell at a glance which locations and system sizes […]

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1.5kW solar PV systems: Pricing, outputs and payback

August 17, 2016
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1.5kW solar systems were once the most popular system size in Australia. As solar technology prices have come down in recent years, however, most homes are now tending to opt for larger systems – in the 2kW to 5kW range. This article takes a look at the case for installing a 1.5kW solar system in current […]

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Four years of tracking residential solar system prices: What’s changed?

August 16, 2016
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August 2016 marked four years since Solar Choice published our first Solar PV Price Index. What are some of the noteworthy trends we’ve seen over this period? What is the Solar PV Price Index? Solar Choice’s PV Price Index is a barometer of residential and commercial solar system pricing trends in Australia’s capital cities (with the exception […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – August 2016

August 8, 2016
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This month marks a full four years of our publishing of the Solar PV Price Index. When we first started keeping track of average system prices back in 2012, it cost roughly 70c more per watt to install a solar PV system in Australia than it does today. The going average rate for a solar […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – July 2016

July 13, 2016
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Average residential solar system prices dipped down to $1.63/W this month – on par with the low seen in April this year and close to the all-time low of $1.59/W seen in December of 2015. The price drop occurred across all system sizes. Interestingly, system price ‘highs’ have not come down much, low-end prices of […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – June 2016

June 15, 2016
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Average solar PV system installation prices in Australia’s capital cities increased very slightly between May and June to approach $1.68 per watt. With the exception of 10kW systems, prices were lowest in Perth and highest in Hobart – in keeping with the long-term trend. Average solar PV system prices for June 2016 Prices in the table below […]

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How much does a 5kW solar system cost in Melbourne, Victoria?

May 19, 2016
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Solar power is still a great investment option for Melbourne homes & businesses, even after a number of changes to state and federal government incentives. 5kW solar systems have proven to be one of the most popular system sizes in not only Melbourne, but also the rest of Victoria and Australia as a whole. But how […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – May 2016

May 10, 2016
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Based on data from Solar Choice’s installer network database, the average price of per watt of a fully installed residential solar system in Australia as of May 2016 is about $1.66 (including GST, after STCs) – up slightly from last month. For the first time, in this month’s Index we have included (somewhat limited) pricing data […]

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Residential solar PV price index – April 2016

April 6, 2016
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Average solar PV system prices dropped slightly between March and April of 2016, following a downward trend that started in February. Based on data from Solar Choice’s installer network database, the average price of per watt of a fully installed residential solar system in Australia is about $1.63 (including GST, after STCs). Average solar PV […]

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Residential solar PV price index – March 2016

March 10, 2016
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After two consecutive months of increases, average solar PV system prices have dropped slightly for the first time in the new year, currently sitting at about $1.65/W. Average solar PV system prices for March 2016 Prices in the table below are net of the federal Renewable Energy Target’s STC incentive and include GST. Solar system […]

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Residential solar PV price index – February 2016

February 17, 2016
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Average solar PV system installation prices for Australia have risen for the 2rd month running, according to data from Solar Choice’s installer network database. The average price per watt for a fully installed residential solar system in Australia currently sits at about $1.67, up from $1.59 in December. Average solar PV system prices for February […]

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Residential solar PV price index – January 2016

January 22, 2016
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After about 5 months of  steady declines since about August of 2015, the average price of solar PV system prices rose slightly (approximately 5c/W) between December of 2015 and January of 2016. The increases occurred in nearly all capital cities and across nearly all system sizes. Average solar PV system prices for January 2016 All prices in […]

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Residential solar PV price index – December 2015

December 17, 2015
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On average solar PV system prices dropped for the month of December 2015 were lower across all capital cities for all system sizes than those from November 2015. The drop was due at least in part to a new calculation method: The ‘Solar Choice discount’ offered by installers in the Solar Choice network – hitherto excluded from […]

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Residential solar PV price index – November 2015

November 13, 2015
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Average solar system prices have sunk for the fourth month in a row, reaching a new all-time low since Solar Choice began publishing system prices in August 2012. For the first time, overall average system prices dipped down to $1.70/W, with 1.5kW, 2kW, 3kW, 4kW and 5kW systems hitting record lows. (The data in this article […]

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Residential solar PV price index – October 2015

October 28, 2015
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Average solar PV system prices edged down to $1.79 per watt this month, coming close to the all-time low of $1.76/W reached in March of this year. Average solar PV system prices for October 2015 All prices in the table below include the federal STC incentive which installers ordinarily include in final system prices. GST […]

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Residential solar PV price index – September 2015

September 11, 2015
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Solar system prices fell on average between August and September, but there was significant variation between cities, especially among the smaller system sizes (1.5kW and 2kW). The rise in average system prices in Brisbane was due to an increase at the premium end of the market, while system prices on the low end changed little. […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index: August 2015

August 3, 2015
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Average solar system prices rose for most system sizes in Sydney and Tasmania between July and August, while dropping or staying flat for all other cities and system sizes. The overall effect is a slight increase in overall prices nationally. Prices are highest in Tasmania; Perth is homes to the lowest prices on average. Average […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index: July 2015

July 17, 2015
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The average solar PV system price nationally continues to sit at about $1.85 per watt for the third month in a row, with prices for specific system sizes also remaining largely unchanged between the months of May, June and July. Average solar PV system prices for July 2015 All prices in the table below include […]

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Solar system prices in Brisbane, Queensland

July 9, 2015
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Approximately one quarter of households in Brisbane proper have a solar power system, according to the APVI’s solar map; the suburbs surrounding Brisbane have even higher solar penetrations. The number of systems in the Brisbane region is growing steadily, even in the absence of strong solar feed-in tariff incentives. One of the main reasons for this growth […]

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Solar PV system prices in Darwin, NT

June 19, 2015
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According to the APVI‘s solar map, only about 6% of homes in Darwin have solar panels – despite the fact that the city is home to some of the highest solar irradiation rates (and therefore some of the highest federal incentives) in all of Australia. Darwin is also home to one of the highest solar feed-in tariff incentives […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index: June 2015

June 15, 2015
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Average residential solar PV system prices remain largely unchanged between May and June 2015, hovering around $1.86/W nationally. What appears as price rises in Melbourne were actually due mainly to a smaller installer sample than the previous month. Meanwhile, system prices in the other capital cities either stayed flat or decreased slightly. Average solar PV system prices […]

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