The Buyer’s Guide to Solar Panels Brisbane | Solar Run
As Australia’s 3rd most populous city, solar panels in Brisbane represent one of the fastest growing technologies with the potential to shift the entire energy market. Brisbane is one of the nation’s major hubs for innovation, technology and environmental sustainability. When you combine this with Brisbane’s average of 242 days of beautiful sunshine each year, you have the ideal conditions for harnessing the latest in solar energy innovation.If you’re a Brisbane resident looking to reduce your electricity bill then it’s time to do your research, because not all solar power systems are the same. In this comprehensive ‘Buyer’s Guide’ we collect all the information you need to get your Brisbane solar panels installed and to start enjoying free solar. By the end of this article you will have an understanding of feed in tariffs, system sizes, system prices, electricity bill savings, high quality options, installed solar output, battery storage, solar inverters and solar panel optimisers.
We cover all of your FAQs:
- What are the solar panel options in Brisbane?
- What is the price of a solar panel system in Brisbane?
- How do I access REBATES in Brisbane before they go down on January 1 2020?
- What is my expected ROI for solar panels in Brisbane?
- How much solar power can Brisbane solar panels produce?
- Should Brisbane home-owners consider solar battery storage?
- How do I pick the perfect solar system for my needs?
- Why should I install my Brisbane Solar Panels this Summer?
- CEC Accreditation: What is it and why does it matter?
- So What Comes Next?
What are the solar panel options in Brisbane?
While there are countless types of solar panels on the Brisbane market, there are 3 distinct panel technologies to choose from:
- Poly: lower output and efficiency, more affordable
- Mono Perc: most used panel in Brisbane, strong output and efficiency
- Bi-facial: uncommon in Brisbane, excellent output with high price tag
Once you’ve determined the type of panel you want, then you have a wide range of manufacturers to choose from. Each manufacturer has strengths and weaknesses. The larger, well known companies will generally offer more power and reliability as a trade-off for a higher cost. Our Brisbane franchises have over 10 different manufacturers to choose from. Some of our most popular brands are LG, REC, Longi, Risen, Eging, ET and JA Solar.
We highly recommend that you do your due diligence and compare reviews for each of the different manufacturers to find the right panels for your needs.
What is the price of a solar panel system in Brisbane?
In addition to the type of panels and the manufacturer you choose, you will also need to decide on the power of the system you need. Our most popular solar power systems are the 6.6kW and the 10kW solar panels. We have provided starting prices, though this will change depending on the type of panels and the manufacturer. For more information contact us for a free quote.
6.6kW Solar Panels
If your energy use isn’t through the roof, then the 6.6kW solar panels might be the perfect fit for your roof. With an energy output of 28kWh (kilowatt-hour) per day, these panels are powerful enough for most small to medium sized homes. These panels have a starting price of $3,700, but don’t forget to check how rebates can help you.
10kW Solar Panels
For those Brisbane residents with high energy usage, you’re going to want to consider installing 10kW solar panels on your roof. These more powerful panels output 42kWh per day, which is more than sufficient for most large homes. While the extra power comes with a higher cost, the 10kW panel range starts at $4,990 and includes a 10-year performance warranty.
How do I access REBATES in Brisbane before they go down on January 1 2020?
Rebates for solar panels come in two distinct forms, feed in tariffs and Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). While feed-in tariffs can save you money in the long term, STCs can be used to immediately enjoy a discount off the upfront cost of your newly-installed solar system.
The amount of STCs you receive for your panels will depend on the output potential of your system. There are a number of ways to cash in these certificates, however the simplest and fastest way to access your rebate is to allow your CEC accredited installer to sell them on your behalf. This method will make your rebate immediately available in the form of a discount on the upfront cost.
We highly recommend that you call us on 1300076527 if you need any help or advice on accessing rebates.
What is my expected ROI for solar panels in Brisbane?
The Return on Investment (ROI) that you will see for your solar panels comes in several forms: payback of your system, massive electricity bill reductions and feed-in tariffs.
Before you begin to calculate your ROI for your system, you will first need to look at your payback period. This is the amount of time it takes for your system to pay for itself. Through the energy bill reduction and feed-in tariffs, your panels will eventually pay off your initial investment and begin to make your pure savings. The national average for this payback period is approximately 2-7 years. However, due to Brisbane’s high annual sunshine and perfect solar energy conditions, residents of Brisbane can expect their payback period to be within a few years (depending on your usage and system).
Massive Electricity Bill Reductions
Once you have completed the payback period of your solar system, the reduction in your energy bill will be a net profit for your home. These reductions will be based on the size and power of your system, the usage of your household and whether or not you have solar battery storage. Solar batteries can dramatically increase your electricity bill savings, but reduce your discounts from feed-in tariffs as you will store your energy instead of sending it to the grid.
This form of rebate subsidises the electricity bill of homes that provide surplus energy back into the grid. Homes with a solar system that do not have a means of storing their energy (ie; solar battery storage) will direct the excess power back into the grid. Your energy provider will then discount a few cents off your energy bill for every kWh of electricity that you give back.
How much solar power can Brisbane solar panels produce?
The short answer is that Brisbane solar panels have the potential to produce a massive amount of energy. Brisbane’s climate and annual sunshine rates are the perfect conditions for capturing and utilising the sun’s free renewable energy. Research from the Clean Energy Council (CEC) suggests that Queensland residents have some of the highest levels of solar energy on the planet. On average, Brisbane residents can expect their solar panels to produce approximately 4.1kWh of energy for every kW of capacity in their panels.
For a 6.6kW solar panel, this works out to be around 27kWh of energy per day. A 10kW panel on the other hand, will have the potential to output 41kWh every day.
These rates are based on the average production of panels in Brisbane conditions. However, there is the potential to increase the efficiency and output of your system by upgrading it with solar batteries, optimisers and/or half cell panels.
Should Brisbane home-owners consider solar battery storage?
If you live in Brisbane and don’t want to see the solar energy produced by your solar panels get wasted by being fed back into the grid, then you should be considering investing in a solar battery.
There is a wide range of solar batteries on the market, but before making a decision you should check out our reviews to determine the right fit for you. The Tesla Powerwall 2 is one of the leading batteries on the market. It is an all-in-one battery, with an inverter and an impressive 13.5kWh capacity. While it comes with a higher cost than most, you can expect industry-leading performance and massive savings in your energy bill to quickly pay off your initial investment.
How do I pick the perfect solar system for my needs?
Every solar panel is different, which is lucky, because every household’s energy usage habits and requirements are different. This is why it is important to understand your home energy consumption, so you can match the right system to your needs.
At Solar Run, we guide customers through 3 important areas to help you get the best balance of cost, output and efficiency for your budget.
How big is your roof?
The size of your roof will determine which type of panels you should use. For Brisbane homes with limited roof space, panels with high efficiency will be optimal to make the most of the small area. In these cases, Mono or Bi-Facial panels are the best choice to ensure you are able to produce enough energy to meet your household requirements.
Brisbane homes with plenty of roof space will have more choice when it comes to the right panels for them. If price is your main focus, then Poly panels can be a cost effective means of accessing solar electricity. Poly panels are cheaper but less powerful and efficient. Therefore it can be more cost effective to fit more Poly Panels onto your roof if you have the space to spare.
How much energy do you use?
Knowing the energy usage habits for your household is an essential part of selecting the right solar panels for you. We highly recommend looking at your household energy usage over the last several years to get an accurate understanding of your needs.
Poly Panels are a great choice for homes with low energy usage and price as your top priority. If power and efficiency is your top priority, then you definitely should consider either the Mono or Bi-Facial panels, which offer the best energy output and panel efficiency.
Do you have shade? | Half Cells & Optimisers
Shade is the bane of any solar panel owner. What could be more frustrating than watching your beautiful new solar device get blocked from the sun? Luckily, there are options available for those with partial-shading issues on their roofs.
One of the big problems with shade is that it doesn’t just affect the part of the panel in shade, but actually impacts the whole system. This problem is solved with ‘Half Cell Panels’. These are regular panels that have their system divided in two, so that shading on one half does not impede on the output of the other. While these half cell panels are more expensive than standard panels, they are more efficient, durable and powerful than standard panels.
The other option for Brisbane residents concerned about shade is to add an ‘Optimiser’ to your system. Optimisers monitor the output of each cell in your system and adjusts the configuration to maximise output and efficiency.
Why should I install my Brisbane Solar Panels this Summer?
- Cash-in while the Sun’s out!
Summer is the best time to have solar panels. Not only is the sun out longer and stronger than ever, it’s also when electricity bills are at their height. Getting your solar panel system installed in time for summer is the best way to maximise your investment and reduce your holiday bills.
- REBATE, REBATE, REBATE
As the January 1, 2020 deadline for the maximum rebate draws closer, now is the time to get discounted solar systems. Solar power is an inevitability, so waiting until the rebate ends is only hurting your own pocket. Allow the Federal Government to subsidise your installation so you can start enjoying sustainable, renewable energy.
- Payoff Period
The payoff period marks the time you have to wait until you are making a profit from your investment. The sooner you initiate this period, the sooner you can be out of it and enjoying the benefits of free electricity.
CEC Accreditation: What is it and why does it matter?
Understanding Clean Energy Council (CEC) accreditation is important for anyone considering solar power system installation in their home. CEC accredited installers are those which are certified by the CEC to meet Australian standards and best industry practices. Using a CEC accredited installer enables access to STC’s, a financial incentive offered as an upfront discount when you purchase your solar system. All Solar Run franchisees use CEC accredited installers.
So What Comes Next?
This buyer’s guide has provided essential information about:
- solar panels Brisbane,
- solar panel prices,
- feed in tariffs,
- 6.6kW solar systems,
- 10kW solar systems,
- system sizes,
- electricity bill savings,
- the best high quality options,
- installed solar output,
- battery storage,
- solar inverters &
- solar panel optimisers.