Canberra, ACT is a great place to go solar in Australia, thanks primarily to the ever-improving economics of solar panel installations. This article takes a look at the some of the key considerations for going solar in Canberra, including system pricing, energy yields and incentives available to system owners. It also touches on battery storage.

Take advantage of the sun’s energy in the Australian Capital Territory

Getting the best deal on solar PV anywhere in Australia – including Canberra – means first understanding how a system benefits a home or business. Solar panels only produce electricity during sunlight hours, and how much electricity is generated depends on the intensity and duration of the sunshine.

ACT residents can benefit from solar in two ways: 1) ‘solar self-consumption‘, where you use the solar energy directly (and avoid having to pay your retailer for electricity), and 2) solar feed-in credits, where you receive a credit on your bill for ‘excess’ solar energy that you send into the grid. The combination of these two benefits helps to make solar a great investment for the ACT.

Note that the feed-in tariff rate that you receive depends on who sells you electricity (your retailer) and the plan that you’re on with that retailer. You can compare feed-in tariffs and electricity plans using the government’s EnergyMadeEasy.gov.au comparator website, or Wattever.com.au; both sites cover every pan available in Australia.

You can play with the numbers for yourself using our Solar System Payback & ROI Estimator tool Read the full article →

{ 6 comments }

Adam or Su 29 April, 2017 at 2:12 pm

Am in ACT and looking for someone to look at my solar system we believe the readings haven’t changed since the last bill and last quarter we didn’t get discount which indicate the system might be faulty or something . Thanks

Solar Choice Staff 1 May, 2017 at 11:22 am

Hi Adam. Who installed your system? They’d be the best ones to reach out to as a first port of call.

Rikitan 29 September, 2016 at 8:51 pm

I have a PV panels on my roof – 48 of them. All is almost perfect EXCEPT for the leaking roof due to a shoddy installation. Roof leaks only during a heavy rain and if there is a moderate to strong wind. By the way, the roof was retailed about one year prior to installation of the PV panels, therefore, it did not leak before.
DO you have any advice who can correct the installation here in the ACT?

Solar Choice Staff 4 October, 2016 at 10:15 am

Hi Rikitan,

Can you check back with the installer who put the system up? That would be the best place to start.

Steven Hartley 28 September, 2016 at 11:23 am

Hi . I have 2kw solar system at the moment. Looking to put batteries in. But l have been told that the system needs to at lease 5 kw. The panels are 12off 175kw with 2.4 sma inverter . Would it be better to upgrade to 5kw inverter and add extra panels
or just put another 2.5kw system on? I believe that the panels i have are not made anymore ( schott 175 ) so can you add larger panels together with the old system?
Can you please direct me in the right direction.
thanks steve

Solar Choice Staff 29 September, 2016 at 10:03 am

Hi Steve,

We recommend speaking with an accredited solar installer for more precise details, but here is our general guidance in response to your questions.

-You could potentially have batteries with a 2kW solar system, but the battery bank would have to be quite small for your solar to be able to fill it up completely. There are lots of battery storage products out there, however, so make sure that you consider more than the product you’ve been recommended.

Two resources of ours that you might want to make use of:

-Our Battery Storage Sizing & Payback Estimator Tool will let you explore a variety of system sizes & configurations to help you give yourself a general idea of what you need. (Its limitations are explained on the calculator page.)

-Check out our Battery Storage Product Performance Comparison Tool, which contains a wide range of products currently available on the market and their respective sizes.

About upgrading & swapping the inverter: If your existing inverter is still under warranty, you might be better of having a new, separate system installed alongside the existing one. If it’s getting on in its years, however, you might want to consider upgrading it and adding new panels. The new, larger inverter will need to be able to take in two different strings of panels (ask how many maximum power point trackers the inverter has – your installer should know). Another option if your inverter is getting old is to replace it with a new, similar size inverter and have any new panels added to your home with microinverters, which are installed on the roof inside or next to the new panels. The advantage of doing so is that you wouldn’t need to worry about adding a second central inverter – plus you’d be able to add as many or as few new panels as necessary.

If you’re looking for quotes on solar or battery storage systems, please fill out the Quote Comparison Request form to the right of this page. By doing so, you’ll be able to compare prices on a range of products & system sizes from installers in your area.

Hope this helps you out!

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