Residential Solar PV Price Index – September 2016

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 have the highest or lowest prices.

Average solar PV system prices for September 2016

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).


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

Solar system prices for September: $/W medians, highs & lows


Prices above are colour-coded across highs, lows & medians for all cities and system sizes. (Dark red for highest, dark green for lowest, yellow for middle.)

Historic solar PV system prices (since August 2012)

The historic pricing in the tables below does not reflect prices for Darwin, NT. See ‘About this data’ footnote below for a more detailed description of where this data comes from and what it represents.


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Colour-coded historic average solar system prices ($/W). (Dark red for highest, dark green for lowest, yellow for middle.)

All $/W solar system prices (Historic)

The chart below provides an at-a-glance look at solar PV system pricing trends since August 2012. Data points are the average of average $/W for each system size (1.5kW-5kW until Nov 2013, then also including 10kW from Dec 2013).


A note about the ‘Solar Choice discount’

From August 2012 until November 2015, calculations for our monthly Residential Solar Price Index articles excluded the discount available through Solar Choice network installers exclusively to Solar Choice customers. From last month we have excluded this figure, which works out to approximately 14c/W in most instances. The chart below retroactively applies this amount to every month since the Price Index’s inception.


About this data

Tables and charts included in this article were compiled using data from Solar Choice’s installer network database, which contains regularly-updated pricing and product details from over 100 solar installation companies across Australia. Prices do not ordinarily incorporate meter installation fees or additional costs for difficult installations. ‘Premium’ installer offerings are excluded from calculations. Pricing data from Darwin is not included any of the charts showing historic trends.

© 2016 Solar Choice Pty Ltd

Jeff Sykes