Average residential solar PV system prices in Australia crept down to $1.58 per watt ($1.58/W) from $1.60 in February, according to data from Solar Choice’s installer network database. Although so slight as to be inconsequential, the drop represents a new low, with $1.59/W (in Sept 2016 and Dec 2015) being the next lowest since we began keeping track of pricing in August 2012.

Average solar PV system prices for March 2017

Prices in the table below include both the up-front incentive available for small-scale systems through the Renewable Energy Target and GST – they represent the total retail cost of the system to the customer. We’ve left fields blank where there were only a small number of price points available in our database (usually less than 3).

Average residential solar system prices March 2017

Prices for each system size are colour-coded. (Dark red for highest, dark green for lowest, yellow for middle.)

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Whitsunday, Hamilton and Gannawarra Solar Farms move into construction

March 21, 2017
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It’s been an epic journey! As three large-scale solar farms (totalling 198 MW (DC)) now progress into construction, it’s timely for all of us here at Solar Choice to take a moment to reflect, to savour and to extend a mighty thank you to others who moved mountains over the past year to convert the […]

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Can you go solar with a south-facing roof in Australia?

March 21, 2017
South-facing roofs okay for solar?

Anyone who has looked into installing solar panels in Australia would have quickly learned that north is the best direction for solar panels. If north is not an option, northwest and northeast are generally the next best options, usually followed by due west and due east, depending on the circumstances. But what about south-facing roofs […]

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The ACT’s home battery storage incentive program

March 21, 2017
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The ACT government’s Next Generation Energy Storage (NextGen) program is one of the most ambitious battery storage incentive schemes in Australia, aiming to subsidise the installation of batteries for roughly 5,000 homes and small businesses by 2020. How does the incentive work, and how will it benefit households in the Territory? How it works The […]

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Queensland government launches distributed energy trial to benefit most vulnerable customers

March 17, 2017
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Queensland’s Labor government has launched a distributed energy trial that aims to give the state’s most vulnerable electricity customers – as well as its half a million rental households – access to solar power. The three-pronged trial is part of the government’s plan to deliver up to 6MW of new solar PV on up to […]

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Is home solar battery storage a good match and your energy consumption habits?

March 16, 2017
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Each household uses different amounts of electricity in different patterns throughout the day. Some consumption patterns are more conducive to battery storage as an investment, and knowing your consumption habits can help you to decide on the best solar system and battery bank size for your home. In this article we take a look a few […]

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Can I add more panels to my existing solar system?

March 16, 2017
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Some of the most common questions we receive at Solar Choice are about adding solar panels to an existing solar PV system. This article takes a look at the situations in which you might want to add panels, and what you need to bear in mind before making a decision. Possible reasons for adding more panels […]

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Malcolm Turnbull announces $2 billion on 2GW pumped hydro scheme

March 16, 2017
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Malcolm Turnbull has announced federal government plans to spend $2 billion on a 2GW pumped hydro scheme in New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains, in what could be the most significant intervention in Australia’s energy markets in half a century. The proposal – which is subject to a feasibility study and funding agreements from Snowy Hydro’s […]

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New smart meter from carbonTRACK to benefit households, bolster grid resilience

March 16, 2017
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Australian home energy management system developer carbonTRACK has announced the launch of an ‘intelligent smart meter’ that promises to benefit households, electricity retailers and grid operators alike. For end users, the units will deliver all the benefits of the company’s EMS, and can take the place of the standard meters usually installed with residential solar PV systems. The company […]

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Localvolts’ vision for a truly peer-to-peer electricity market

March 15, 2017
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There are now well over 1.5 million households in Australia with solar PV systems on their roofs, altogether comprising over 6 gigawatts (GW) of electricity generation capacity – about the same as 2-3 coal-fired power plants. These privately-owned, small-scale systems are already having a significant impact on Australia’s energy system. But are they being leveraged to […]

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How your hot water system affects your solar PV setup

March 15, 2017
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The hot water system you use in your home has a big impact on how you size your solar panels, and on how you position them on your rooftop. That’s because hot water systems come in gas, electric and solar forms. The system you’ve chosen will impact your demand for electricity, and if you’ve chosen […]

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SA to spend $500 million on Australia’s largest battery storage and gas power plant

March 15, 2017
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South Australia has announced plans to install the nation’s biggest battery storage installation, as part of a state government response to the series of blackouts and what it says are the failures of the National Electricity Market. The $500 million scheme includes plans for a new battery storage installation of at least 100MW, a new […]

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Tesla founder predicts imminent end of the fossil fuel era

March 14, 2017
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US EV and battery maker Tesla has suggested that the inflection point grid-scale battery storage is not 20 years away – as some politicians and industry groups would argue – but within sight at just 100 days away. That, at least, was the time it would take to Tesla build a 100MW battery storage facility in […]

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Australian Energy Market Operator warns of looming domestic gas supply crisis

March 12, 2017
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The Australian Energy Market Operator has warned of a looming domestic gas supply crisis, and noted that shortages over the 2018/19 summer would present huge opportunities for new technologies such as battery storage and demand management. The warning of shortages, which are expected to impact electricity markets the worst in the states on NSW and SA, […]

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LG Chem: solar and battery storage beating grid power in most Australian states

March 10, 2017
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South Korean battery storage maker LG Chem has claimed that solar and battery storage is already beating grid power in most Australian states. According to Jamie Allen, the marketing head in Australia for LG Chem, a 5kW rooftop solar system and a 10kWh battery storage device (such as LG Chem’s own 9.8kWh offering) can be […]

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What are the best cities for home solar battery storage?

March 9, 2017
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Having just published an article on the state of Australia’s battery storage market at the beginning of 2017, we decided we would endeavour to shed a bit more light on payback period differences between each capital city. Which cities have the best conditions for home solar battery storage? We’ve ranked them below (with an explanation of […]

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Coal, the biggest risk to grid security, not solar or wind

March 9, 2017
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A new study has found that the biggest threat to network stability in Australia’s electricity grid comes not from an increase in renewables, but from the control settings on the dominant fleet of “synchronous generators” – namely the country’s coal and gas fleet. The significant new study – submitted to government authorities, network operators and […]

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Aquion Energy files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

March 9, 2017
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US ‘saltwater’ battery manufacturer Aquion Energy has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a press release issued by the company overnight. Chapter 11 bankruptcy, sometimes referred to as ‘reorganisation’ bankruptcy, gives the company protection from creditors while it endeavours to restructure itself and sell off its remaining assets. The company may continue operating if […]

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Backup power with home solar battery storage: What are your options?

March 8, 2017
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Home battery storage is becoming increasingly popular in Australia, and one of the most in-demand features is backup power, which provides electricity to a home even when the grid is down. In this article we take a look at the main approaches to battery storage that you’ll come across as you shop around for a […]

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An overview of battery storage system specifications: How to read a battery spec sheet

March 6, 2017
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Talking about home battery storage can be confusing, and if you’re confused you’re unlikely to feel confident about making a big investment like a home battery bank. There are quite a few different terms & specifications that you’ll hear when shopping around for battery products. We’ve gathered them all here in attempt to bring some clarity to […]

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Solar power in Brisbane: Compare installers & prices

March 6, 2017
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Over 30% of the homes in the Brisbane area have solar panels on their roofs – one of the highest rates of any of Australia’s capital cities. Why have Brisbane residents taken such a shine to solar power? This article take a look and the benefits of going solar for households in Brisbane. Recommend on […]

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WINAICO solar panels in Australia

March 3, 2017
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WINAICO Solar is a high-end solar PV panel manufacturer that puts an emphasis on the quality and reliability of its products. The WINAICO module range includes models for residential, commercial, and BIPV applications. WINAICO Solar Panels: Top-shelf components and guaranteed yields WINAICO says that it is set apart from other panel manufacturers in primarily two ways: […]

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Electricity demand tariffs in Australia – How to handle them

March 3, 2017
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If you hear the words ‘Demand Tariffs’ and start scratching your head, don’t worry – you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll examine what demand tariffs are and how to deal with them. Supply charges, usage charges and – now – demand charges? Normally, there are two components to an energy bill: fixed ‘supply’ charges (usually […]

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Is home solar battery storage worth it in 2017?

March 2, 2017
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Since 2015 Australians have been talking about home battery storage being on the cusp of financial viability. Are home batteries worth the investment in 2017? We’ve crunched the number for all of Australia’s capital cities to find out. Battery storage & payback periods in Australia Batteries are in high demand thanks to the promise of […]

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Victorian regulator ups solar feed-in tariff to 11.3c/kWh: What it means for solar system owners

March 2, 2017
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The Victorian government has just made a move unprecedented in recent Australian solar history – they have moved to mandate a higher minimum solar feed-in tariff rate than what was previously on offer. From 1 July 2017, the new mandatory minimum rate for solar fed into the grid will be 11.3c per kilowatt-hour (kWh), up […]

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Coalition’s “clean coal” plan to power heavyweights Gina and Clive in Galilee basin

March 1, 2017
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A 2009 proposal from businessman Clive Palmer that would be used to help provide electricity to Galilee coal mines planned by Palmer himself, Gina Rinehart, and Indian group Adani, has been revealed as the so-called “clean coal” power generator being promoted by the federal government. Waratah Coal, the company owned by Palmer’s Mineralogy, confirmed to […]

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Neoen aims to reach 1GW wind and solar by 2020

March 1, 2017

French renewables company Neoen has revealed plans to install a total 1GW of large-scale wind and solar in Australia, after completing finance for the 109MW Hornsdale 3 wind farm in South Australia. Hornsdale 3, which is currently under constructions, last year signed an off-take agreement with the ACT government to provide electricity at a fixed […]

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Believe the Hype: Australia’s Battery Market set to skyrocket

March 1, 2017
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For quite some time I’d dismissed the hype about the attractiveness of installing grid-connected batteries in Australia. Yes, everyone loves the idea of energy independence, and would love to give the middle finger to the electricity retailers who buy excess solar power at a fifth of the price they themselves charge. But I thought there would […]

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Commercial Solar PV Price Index for February 2017

February 28, 2017
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The average price of commercial-scale solar system installations in Australia dropped to a new all-time low of $1.23 per watt ($/W), according to data from the Solar Choice installer network database. The previous low – which held stead for about 3 months – was $1.25/W. All system sizes included in the index (10kW, 30kW, 50kW […]

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Global battery storage industry to fight Australia home bans

February 28, 2017
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Some of the world’s biggest battery manufacturing brands have signalled they will fight new battery storage guidelines proposed for Australia, saying the restrictions are over the top and don’t conform to international standards. Standards Australia is believed to be preparing the release of new standards that would effectively force most battery storage units to be […]

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Batteries with benefits: How Reposit Power customers are maximising battery value

February 27, 2017
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Reposit Power is an Australian battery technology company whose name has become synonymous with battery storage value maximisation. The company’s software does two important things for homes with battery storage systems: it makes sure that batteries are always charged in the most cost-effective way possible (whether that be solar or off-peak grid electricity), and it […]

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