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Residential Solar PV Price Index – January 2017

January 12, 2017
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Average solar system prices for the new year continue to hover around $1.62/W, as they have for the past six months or so. Smaller systems (1.5kW – 2kW) continue to be the dearest on a $/W basis, while larger systems (5kW – 10kW) offer the greatest value in terms of peak output capacity. By our […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – December 2016

December 15, 2016
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Average solar PV system prices for December sit at roughly $1.62 per watt ($1.62/W). Average system prices in Australia have hovered around this price point since about July of 2016, although there have been some changes on a city-by-city and size-by-size basis. Average solar PV system prices for December 2016 Prices in the table below include […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – November 2016

November 15, 2016
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Average solar PV system prices for Australia’s capital cities changed little between October and November of 2016, according to data from Solar Choice’s installer network database. Currently, the average price for a solar PV system in Australia sits at about $1.63 per watt. Average solar PV system prices for November 2016 Prices in the table below […]

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Residential Solar PV Price Index – October 2016

October 12, 2016
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Average solar system prices for Australia’s capital cities rose slightly (to $1.63/W) between September and October. Price increases were seen primarily among smaller systems (1.5kW – 5kW) in a handful of cities, while 10kW system prices remained steady. Average solar PV system prices for October 2016 Prices in the table below include both the up-front incentive […]

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Which electricity retailer is giving the best solar feed-in tariff?

October 10, 2016
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Feed-in tariffs in Australia: How they’ve changed Solar feed-in tariffs are arrangements where a solar system owner is paid for the excess solar energy that they send back into the grid. At one point in time, feed-in tariffs were mandatory in every state in Australia, and the rates they offered were quite generous. Much has changed, however, […]

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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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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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Thinking about going off-grid? Keep these points in mind

August 4, 2016
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With the dawn of the age of (nearly) affordable battery storage, more and more Australian homes are considering the possibility of disconnecting from the electricity grid; or the first time, off-grid living looks like it may be feasible virtually anyone – even for urban households. Solar Choice has conducted some desktop analysis into the minimum amount […]

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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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10kW solar power systems: Price, power output, and returns

May 30, 2016
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10kW solar systems are a great investment for Australian homes with high levels of electricity consumption or businesses with relatively small electricity needs. This article takes a look at 10kW solar system pricing, energy production and returns in Australia. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsReports […]

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Solar homes exceed 50% penetration mark in 14 suburbs

May 26, 2016
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Rooftop solar uptake is continuing to grow in Australia, with a new report showing 14 suburbs with PV penetration above 50 per cent, and many others with uptake far above their state’s average, sometimes as high as 65 per cent. According to the Climate Council’s latest data on the performance of renewable energy in Australia’s […]

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When do the solar feed-in tariffs end? A state-by-state look

May 24, 2016
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Solar feed-in tariffs were once the most influential factor in a given state’s rooftop solar market, but all of the generous rates once available have been closed to new applicants. Households and businesses who are receiving these incentives applied for them before a deadline (different in each state) and will continue to reap the benefits until […]

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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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With 59MW added in March, Australia’s total rooftop solar capacity now at just under 4.8GW

April 12, 2016

Another 59MW of rooftop solar was added by Australian homes and businesses in the month of March, with first quarter installations now matching those for the 2012 and 2013 calendar years. Queensland continued to be the strongest market for rooftop solar, with 15MW installed in March, and NSW and Victoria joint second with 13MW each, […]

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4kW solar PV systems: Pricing, payback & returns

March 8, 2016

How much does a 4kW solar PV system cost in Australia, and what sort of return on investment can a household expect to see if they install one? This article takes a look at the business case for 4kW solar systems in Australia’s capital cities. (This article was originally published in 2012. We’ve updated to […]

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3kW solar PV systems: Pricing, output, and returns

January 27, 2016
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How much does a 3kW solar system cost in Australia, and how much energy can you expect it to produce? This article takes a look a these questions, as well as returns and payback periods for 3kW solar systems. (This article was originally published in 2012 – we’ve recently updated it to reflect how circumstances […]

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2kW solar PV systems: cost, productivity and return on investment

January 25, 2016
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How much does a 2kW solar system cost, how much energy can you expect it to produce, and what sort of a financial return will a home see on a system of this size in Australia? This article takes a look at these questions. (This article was originally published in 2012 – we’ve recently updated […]

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Australia’s new solar milestone: One panel per capita

January 25, 2016
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There are now as many solar panels installed in Australia as there are humans in the country, according to recent analysis from the folks at Sunwiz, Australia’s leading solar market research consultancy. “Australia’s solar installers have been busy. Since 2001 they’ve installed over 23.2 million solar panels. This means there’s now a solar panel for every […]

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5kW solar systems: Pricing, output, and returns

January 25, 2016
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The average solar system size in Australia has grown in recent years to about 5 kilowatts (kW). What are the price ranges, electricity yields (in kilowatt-hours, kWh) and financial returns that a household can expect from a 5kW solar PV system? This article was originally published in 2012 – we’ve recently updated it to reflect […]

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60MW of rooftop solar installed in November – nearly 30% commercial

December 18, 2015
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Households and businesses around Australia have added another 60MW of rooftop solar PV in the month of November, taking the nation’s total for the year to date to 654MW. In its latest report, Green Energy Markets says Queensland is still leading installations, but only just, adding 15.4MW compared to NSW 15.3MW. Victoria, Western Australia and […]

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Solar Choice brokers 100kW solar array for SlumberCare in Darwin, NT

September 15, 2015
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Solar Choice Commercial has brokered a 100kW solar PV system for Australian mattress manufacturer SlumberCare in Darwin, NT. SlumberCare first approached Solar Choice for an impartial look at the market towards the end of 2014. The client was very enthusiastic about the process of going solar, indicating to Solar Choice early in the process that […]

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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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Alice Springs grid could handle 10MW more solar without storage: ARENA study

March 11, 2015

A new Australian study has found that Alice Springs could boost its share grid-connected solar by 26 per cent without affecting stability or necessitating energy storage. The ARENA-backed study, which was conducted by Northern Territory engineering company CAT Projects, investigated the impact of adding up to 10MW of solar PV to the Alice Springs grid, […]

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NT’s Bathurst Island opens tenders for ‘alternative power station’; solar and wind set to replace diesel

December 23, 2014
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The Northern Territory’s Bathurst Island is set to switch from diesel fuel to solar and/or wind, with the launch of a request for tender to supply and install a renewable energy generation system. The call for proposals was launched by the Australian Defence Department, which has a Tactical Air Defence Radar Site located on the […]

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Solar PV Price Index–March 2014

March 10, 2014
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Between February and March, average 1.5kW and 2kW solar PV system prices continued their steady rise in all cities included in the PV Price Index except for Adelaide, while pricing for 3kW, 4kW, 5kW and 10kW prices remained steady or fell across the board. Average solar PV system prices for March All prices in the […]

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Solar PV Price Index–February 2014

February 17, 2014
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Average prices for systems of all common sizes included (1.5kW-10kW) in almost all cities have increased this month, with 1.5kW systems rising the most. Systems in Canberra appeared to undergo a decrease across the board, but this was due mainly to the replacement of one installer in the relatively small data set (3 installers) with a new […]

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Solar PV Price Index–Dec 2013

December 10, 2013
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Nationwide, average system prices across all solar system sizes (1.5kW-5kW) increased slightly between November and December, although this trend was not as noticeable with 3kW–5kW systems as with 1.5kW and 2kW system. Bucking this trend, Brisbane and Canberra saw falling prices across virtually all system sizes, while prices stayed more or less flat between this month and […]

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Australia achieves its next solar milestone: 3 gigawatts of rooftop solar installed

December 4, 2013
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The solar panel odometer has ticked over yet again for Australia, with the country reaching 3 gigawatts (GW) of installed rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to figures from the Clean Energy Regulator. The event is a second major solar-related milestone that the nation has seen in 2013, after the announcement in April that 1 million […]

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Solar PV Price Index–Nov 2013

November 10, 2013
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Solar PV system prices held steady in Adelaide for November, while ACT prices saw an increase. Average system installation prices for Brisbane and Melbourne fell, while Perth and Sydney remain the two cities with the lowest average installation prices, even as prices in both increased slightly. Figures from Hobart/Tasmania were compiled using data from only […]

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