As electricity prices rise in WA–and in Kalgoorlie–more and more homes and businesses are looking towards solar power systems as a way to save money on their electricity bills. With system prices at historic lows, solar power in Kalgoorlie can be a smart investment for the right person. Working with over 120 installers across Australia, Solar Choice helps customers to easily compare solar system prices and components, as well as offering free and impartial advice on going solar. This article is an overview of the benefits that solar panels offer Kalgoorlie residents.
Solar power in Kalgoorlie: Why invest in a system?
Kalgoorlie’s climate and latitude make it a good location for a solar panel installation. Across Australia, Western Australia, and the rest of the globe, solar power installations have been skyrocketing–even the cloudy UK. Sharp reductions in the price of components and system installations has been followed by reductions in government incentives–including state-based feed-in tariffs–but returns on investment for solar panels remain attractive, with payback periods of 5-6 years for the right homes and businesses.
Compare solar installation prices in Kalgoorlie
Solar system prices change with international and domestic market trends–not to mention between different installers. Solar Choice’s job is to keep our customers informed about the options that are available in their part of the country. We provide free, impartial advice and Solar Quote Comparisons to our residential customers, and based on the pricing information that our installers regularly update in our database, we publish a monthly Solar PV Price Index for all of Australia’s major cities.
Kalgoorlie solar system prices will be more or less comparable to those of Perth, but anyone who would like to see Kalgoorlie-specific system prices need only to request a free Solar Quote Comparison, which can be done by filling out the form to the right of this page.
Solar panel system output for Kalgoorlie installations
Solar system power output depends first and foremost on the amount of sunshine available where the system is installed. Averaged throughout the course of a year, Kalgoorlie receives about 4 hours of ‘peak sun’ per day–more in the summer, less in the winter. In terms of electricity generation, this means about 6 kilowatt-hours (kWh) for a 1.5kW solar system, 12kWh for a 3kW solar system, and about 20kW for a 5kW solar system.
To put this into context, a 3-person household will use around 20kWh per day.
Saving money on power bills with solar
Solar panels are a proven method for reducing power bills, but taking advantage of them means truly understanding how they drive down costs for homes and businesses.
The WA government closed its feed-in tariff program to new applicants some time back. Since the feed-in tariff was essentially an incentive to export solar power (i.e. the amount that was paid to customers for solar power they exported to the grid exceeded the price that they pay when purchasing power from the grid), this meant it made sense to 1) install as large a system as possible, and 2) sell/export as much solar energy to the grid as possible.
With no feed-in tariff in place, the situation is reversed. Now, those who are considering investing in a system should 1) install one that does not produce more power than they would need during daylight hours, and 2) try to use as much of that solar power as possible as it is being generated–i.e. when the sun is shining. This is usually referred to as ‘self-consumption’ of solar power.
In short, this means that, for Kalgoorlie residents, solar systems present the best value to homes and businesses that consume a portion of their electricity during daylight hours.
Let Solar Choice help you find the best solar deal in Kalgoorlie
If you are a homeowner who is considering an investment in a solar system–a residential customer–Solar Choice can provide you with free, impartial advice and Solar Quote Comparisons. We work with a network of over 120 solar panel installers across Australia–including Kalgoorlie and the rest of Western Australia. Contact one of our team of solar energy brokers by filling out the form to the right of this page, or call us on 1300 78 72 73.
If you are a small business owner, a mining company, or similar–a commercial client–Solar Choice can help you find the best deal on a solar array by running a tender for your solar project. To date in Western Australia, we have successfully assisted such clients as East Pilbara Shire and Newman Airport in narrowing down the range of options to fit within budgets and offer better returns. To start a conversation with one of our commercial team, please fill out the Solar Quote Comparison form to the right (click the ‘Commercial’ tab).
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