Although higher average system prices in Melbourne and Hobart between this and last month resulted in an apparent increase across all system sizes included in our calculations (except for 1.5kW), the trend in other cities (Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Perth & Brisbane) was solidly downwards or flat. Systems were dearest in Tasmania, while Sydney this month pulled ahead of Perth as the leader in affordability.

July 2014 solar PV system prices

All prices in the table below are inclusive of the federal STC incentive which installers ordinarily include in final system prices.

Solar Choice Average Solar PV Installation Prices July 2014

Solar system prices for July: $/W averages, highs & lows

Solar Choice Solar PV Installation Prices Average High Low July 2014

About STCs

STCs accounted for a price reduction of approximately 69c/W for Zone 3 cities (Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane), and around 65c/W for Melbourne & Tasmania.

Components used

The table below contains the brands of inverters and solar modules used in installations as listed by installers. ‘Premium’ offerings are not included.

City Panel brands used Inverter brands used
Adelaide, SA ReneSola, Hanover, Q-Cells, BenQ/AU Optronics, Lightway, Trina, Jinko, Yingli, Munchen, Solar Juice, Yingli
SolarMax, SMAFronius, Growatt, Afore, Samil, JFY, Schneider, Delta
Brisbane, QLD ReneSola, Perlight, Canadian, Yingli, LG, Seraphim, Solar Juice, Jinko SolarMax, JFY, Eltek, Samil, Xantrex/Schneider, Zever, Fronius, SMA
Canberra, ACT ReneSola, Q-Cells, Phoenix, Jinko, Yingli, Trina JFY, Growatt, Fronius, Power-One Aurora, SMA
Melbourne, VIC Trina, ReneSola, SolarWorld, Yingli, Lightway, Jinko, Solar Juice, BenQ/AU Optronics Power-One Aurora, Fronius, SMA, Samil, SolarMax, Latronics
Tasmania Jinko, ReneSola, Yingli, Trina, Solar Juice Fronius, Power-One Aurora, SolarMax, SMA, Growatt, Samil
Sydney, NSW ReneSola, Trina, Munchen, Top Solar, Jinko, Q-Cells, Canadian Solar, Yingli, Solar Juice Power-One Aurora, SolarMax, Fronius, JFY, Eversolar, SMA, Samil
Perth, WA GY, Jinko, ReneSola, Opal, Trina, Solar Juice JFY, Growatt, SMA, Power-One Aurora, Fronius, Samil, Delta

Historic solar PV system prices (since August 2012)

Solar Choice 1.5kW Solar System Prices July 2014

Solar Choice 2kW Solar System Prices July 2014

Solar Choice 3kW Solar System Prices July 2014

Solar Choice 4kW Solar System Prices July 2014

Solar Choice 5kW Solar System Prices July 2014

Solar Choice 10kW Solar System Prices July 2014

Indexed $/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).

Solar Choice Indexed Solar System Prices July 2014

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 125 solar installation companies across Australia. Prices do not ordinarily incorporate meter installation fees or additional costs for difficult installations. The discount available to Solar Choice customers is also excluded from calculations, as are prices for ‘premium’ installer offerings. Except in the final chart, average pricing figures for all of Australia are not weighted.

About Solar Choice

Solar Choice is a solar PV installation and advice service based in Sydney, NSW, providing free Solar Quote Comparisons for residential solar customers Australia-wide. Solar Choice’s commercial wing, Solar Choice Commercial, manages tenders for medium- to large-scale solar projects for a wide range of clients. Solar Choice also develops large-scale and utility-scale solar projects of its own.

© 2014 Solar Choice Pty Ltd


Sharon Young 21 August, 2014 at 10:30 am


I’m doing a little bit of work on the affordability of PV systems and the price trends in Australia over the last couple of years. Can you tell me if the average prices you have on your Price Index represent the average price for each state, or just for the capital cities?

Thank you for your help,


Solar Choice Staff 22 August, 2014 at 3:58 am

Hi Sharon,

At this point in time the prices are reflective only of installer offerings in Australia’s capital cities (excluding Darwin) and all of Tasmania. If an installer charges a travel fee to areas outside these cities, it is not included in our calculations.

Hope this is helpful for you.

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