Solar PV Price Index–Jan 2014

At the start of 2014, solar PV system prices are up in Canberra and steady in other capital cities, except among 1.5kW solar systems. Although included for all other cities as per usual, pricing data for Tasmania is under review for the new year, and consequently has been left out of this month’s graphs and charts.

Average prices by solar system size and location

All prices in the table below are inclusive of the federal STC discount.

Solar Choice Average solar PV system prices Jan 2014

Solar system prices for January 2014: $/W averages, highs & lows

With Tasmania left out of the calculations, Melbourne is now home to the highest average system prices in the country. Sydney and Perth are as usual home to the lowest averages, while Perth has the the lowest prices (in absolute terms) of any of the cities included.

Solar Choice Solar PV system prices average high low Jan 2014

About STCs

STCs accounted for a discount of approximately 72c per watt (W) for Zone 3 cities (Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane), whilst this discount was around 58c/W for Melbourne.

Solar system components

The table below contains the brands of components used in each of the cities included in installer pricing details.

City Panel brands used Inverter brands used
Adelaide, SA ReneSola, Hanover, Q-Cells, Munchen, BenQ/AU Optronics, Sun-Earth SolarMax, SMA, Power-One Aurora, Fronius, Growatt, EnaSolar, Samil, Delta
Brisbane, QLD ReneSola, Perlight, Canadian, Q-Cells, ZNshine, DaQo, EC Solar, REC, LG, Seraphim, Hanover SolarMax, JFY, Eltek, SMA, Samil, Sharp, iEnergy, Growatt, Power-One Aurora, Zever, Fronius
Canberra, ACT ReneSola, Q-Cells SolarMax, Growatt, Fronius, Power-One Aurora, Samil
Melbourne, VIC Trina, ReneSola, Q-Cells, Phono Solar, BenQ/AU Optronics, SolarWorld, Ulica, Yingli SolarMax, Power-One Aurora, Latronics, Samil, Growatt, Fronius, SMA, Enphase
Sydney, NSW Conergy, Hanover, ReneSola, Trina, Munchen, Phono Solar, Yingli, Jinko, GermanSolar SMA, Power-One Aurora, Growatt, SolarMax, Sungrow, Fronius, Delta, Samil
Perth, WA GY, DaQo, Hanover, Yingli, REC JFY, Sharp, Growatt, GoodWe, SMA, Power-One Aurora

Average monthly solar PV system prices to date

Solar Choice 1-5kW solar system prices Jan 2014

Solar Choice 2kW solar system prices Jan 2014

Solar Choice 3kW solar system prices Jan 2014

Solar Choice 4kW solar system prices Jan 2014

Solar Choice 5kW solar system prices Jan 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.

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.

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James Martin II