Find the best North Shore solar and Northern Beach solar deals with Solar Choice’s team of Solar Brokers

Customers looking for the best North Shore solar and Northern Beaches solar deals will benefit from the expertise of local solar brokers, Solar Choice. Since 2008, Solar Choice has helped over 105,000 Australians go solar. Our team has considerable experience if brokering deals for both residential and commercial scale solar installations. If you are looking for solar power on the Northern Beaches or North Shore area of Sydney, why not drop by the Solar Choice office in Manly? Solar Choice offers free and instant quote comparisons for the whole of Australia.

Why own a solar power system in the Northern Beaches or North Shore area?

Saving money on power bills via solar PV systems on the North Shore and Northern Beaches

Grid-connected NSW residents can see financial advantages from having a solar system installed by lowering their power bills. Since the Solar Buyback schemes (or feed-in tariffs) in NSW are not available through all electricity retailers, and even then only at a nominal 7-12c/kWh rate, the main benefits of going solar in NSW come when occupants can ensure that electricity is consumed while the solar panels are generating power. In essence, this means that solar is a great choice for businesses and residences that are occupied during the day. Power is first drawn from the solar system, and only the excess, unused power is fed into the electricity grid.

The smartest way to get the most out of solar power on the North Shore and Northern Beaches is therefore to 1) install a PV system that will not generate more electricity than the occupants require, and 2) try to consume as much solar energy as possible while it is being produced–that is, when the sun is shining. This will enable a home or business to take a chunk out of its electricity bills.

Harness the power of the Northern Beaches and North Shores’ ample sunshine

Solar panels produce electricity only when there is sunlight, and how much electricity is generated depends on its intensity and duration. As an annual average, a rooftop in the Northern Beaches or North Shore areas of Sydney will receive around 3.7 hours of ‘peak’ sun per day. This number will be higher in the middle of summer and lower in the dead of winter. A 1.5KW solar array that receives 3.7 hours of peak sun will generate around 5.85kWh of solar power. A 2kW system on the Northern Beaches or North Shore will generate approximately 7.4kWh of electricity, while a 3kW system on the North Shore or Northern Beaches will produce around 11.1kWh per day, and a 5kW system will generate around 18.5kWh per day.

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Federal Government Solar Rebates for the North Shore and Northern Beaches, NSW

Under the Federal Government’s Solar Credit Scheme, solar systems are awarded Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), these are also known as Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). These are allocated based on how much energy your solar PV system is expected to produce over its lifetime, and is calculated based on your geographic location, the size of the system in question, and the STC price agreed on between the system owner and solar installerSTC prices are flexible, fluctuating almost daily with supply and demand, unfortunately there is no quick figure or rough guide because of this Solar Choice calculate this figure for you and list the prices clearly  in your Solar Quote Comparison.) Installation companies will usually tell customers what price they give per STC when initial pricing details are settled on.

The North Shore and Northern Beaches of Sydney are located in REC Zone 3. (REC Zone and applicable STCs can be calculated for free on ORER‘s website.). A 5kW solar system installed on a North Shore or Northern Beaches home would, for example, generate 103 RECs/STCs. After the Solar Credit REC Multiplier (currently 2x) is included, however, the total number of STCs generated is (103 + 55 =) 158. Assuming an STC price of $30, a rebate of $4,740 off the up-front price of the system is applied. This up-front discount is one reason that solar PV system prices are reaching unprecedented lows across Australia and the world.

Commercial solar power on the North Shore and Northern Beaches

Solar Choice has a strong commercial background and has helped a wide range of businesses and social groups go solar, our experience ranges from airports and hospitals, to bowling clubs retirement villages and even McDonalds!

Our Commercial Solar Broker’s examine a client’s energy profile, site & location variables, and work with them to develop a commercial solar power installation that matches their financial needs. Our Commercial Team are able to utilise our unique position within the solar industry to broker a deal for our clients giving them access to leading technology and value in solar procurement. We have 100+ strong network of the most proficient, prominent and competitive solar power installations companies currently operating in Australia.

Finding the best solar deals on the North Shore and Northern Beaches

Good return on investment and short payback periods on solar PV systems depend first on finding the best deal possible on a solar power system. The best bet is to find a reasonable price for a reasonable quality system. Brokering the best deal on solar power installations is what Solar Choice does best, with a network of over 100 installers Australia-wide.

Solar Choice’s head office is located in Manly, NSW.  However, as Australia’s free Solar Energy Brokering and advice service, Solar Choice matches up potential solar PV customers with installers who service their area–anywhere in Australia, including the North Shore and Northern Beaches. With a bird’s-eye-view of the solar market, Solar Choice is in a great position to identify the best deals on offer and help find the solar system that best suits a customer’s needs and budget. Request a Solar Quote Comparison today by filling out the form to the right of this page, or call us on 1300 78 72 73.

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Rebecca Boyle