Sydney is a great place for solar power, and roughly 10-15% of Sydney area homes have solar panels installed on their roofs. This article is 5-point guide to everything you need to know if you’re considering solar power for your Sydney home – including how Solar Choice can help you compare quotes.

This article is mostly about solar for homes. If you’re interested in solar power for your Sydney-based business, see our article on Commercial Solar Power in Sydney.

5 good reasons to go solar in Sydney

sunshine sky1. Sydney gets plenty of sunshine

Although it may not be as sunny as Brisbane or Darwin, Sydney is still a fairly sunny place. This is great news for anyone with (or thinking about getting) solar panels for their home.

The table below provides an overview of how much solar energy you can expect solar systems of various popular sizes to produce on the average day in Sydney. It’s helpful to remember that kilowatt-hours (kWh) are the units that appear on your electricity bill – and which your electricity retailer uses to calculate your quarterly or monthly electricity charges. Read the full article →


marian 22 January, 2017 at 11:29 am

G’Day, could you please explain for me the following : 2.5kw solar x 10 panels system + inverter conected to grid. Does that mean the total number of panels (10 ) produces 2.5kw of power or is each panel 2.5kw = 25 kw power? I don’t have a clue re this. Cheers Marian.

Solar Choice Staff 26 January, 2017 at 8:19 am

Hi Marian,

In this scenario, each panel would be 250 watts (W). 1 kilowatt (kW) is equal to 1,000 watts, so 10x 250W solar panels would equal 2,500W or 2.5kW.

Hope this helps.

tony mcgarvey 12 November, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Am a Carpenter and would like to know the best roof pitch facing north that would give me optimal usage for a new system of panels.

Thanking You

Solar Choice Staff 13 November, 2015 at 8:29 am

Hi Tony,

Best practice for a standard grid-connected solar system is to tilt the panels in accordance to the latitude of the location of the roof (e.g. 32 degrees for Sydney). For homes or businesses with heavy summertime cooling loads, the panels can be tilted at latitude minus 10 degrees (e.g. 22 degrees for Sydney). Conversely, for homes with heavy electrical loads in winter, panels can be tilted at latitude plus 10-15 degrees (e.g. 42-47 degrees for Sydney).

Hope you find this useful! You may also want to check out our article on solar panel tilt & orientation.

Tanya Birkmann 11 September, 2015 at 7:33 pm

I dont understand why so many People dont have Solar . The Sun is over there more then in Europe!

Leonard gentin 25 April, 2015 at 4:09 am

Does Solor heating for a pool get the government discount

Solar Choice Staff 4 May, 2015 at 11:26 am

Hi Leonard. If you’re talking about a solar hot water system, then the answer is yes – both solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems are eligible for the federal incentive available under the Renewable Energy Target.

Simeon 1 March, 2015 at 5:48 pm

What I find frustrating is the choke hold current energy produces seem to have over solar buyback systems. Surely if more homes could afford solar technology, and the power channeled back into a grid, we could begin to create a sustainable eco-friendly future.

Barbara Newman 22 February, 2015 at 4:03 pm

We are so behind the rest of the world in solar and we should NOT be in this position. Professor Martin Green did so much of the early pioneering work on this innovation in the 80’s and 90’s and we have NOT utilised this value adding of the sun. In places like Israel and Jordon, most have solar powered homes and they get snow in winter!
Why can’t we get a government that pushes along this technology to improve the more than 16% unemployment rate we have in Australia?

Joachim Staats 13 April, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Barbara, you are spot on. Australia is one of the sunniest countries in the world and we should be leaders with solar energy. Germany which receives nowhere near the sunshine that we have is killing us in solar production. You can blame our Liberal governments over the years starting with Howard. They are wedded to the fossil fuels and “Coal Is King” as far as they are concerned. Just look at the Turnbull as he pumps up the Adani / Carmichael mega coalmine. It is insane on every level.

David Palmer 26 August, 2014 at 1:55 pm

There is not enough sun on my home to install solar power but I want to explore the feasability of running my pool pump only by solar. There is an area on my site which may have enough sun so I need advice.

Solar Choice Staff 27 August, 2014 at 2:18 am

Hi David. Solar-powered pool pumping should indeed be an option for you as long as you have space outside your roof to mount solar panels. Best to get in touch with one of our brokers on the topic by either emailing or filling out our Solar Quote Comparison Request form to the right of the page.

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