Solar Panels Melbourne | Complete buyers guide

Melbourne Solar Panel Installation Guide

Solar Panels Melbourne | Complete buyers guide

Melbourne homeowners are blessed with massive solar rebates! But hurry, rebates are reducing from the 1st of January 2021. Rebate amounts are limited and available to new solar panels Melbourne installation and solar battery storage systems. What do you need to consider before buying solar panels? Solar Run goes through:

  • Victorian Solar Rebates
  • How much do Solar Panels cost in Melbourne?
  • Average solar production in Melbourne
  • How much power can each Solar Panel System produce in Melbourne?
  • So how much power will your Solar Panel System produce in Melbourne?
  • Top 3 reasons why NOW is the best time to get Solar Panels in Melbourne

This article covers everything you need to know about installing a Solar System in your Melbourne home or business. From solar panel options and technology, to solar hot water, battery storage and government solar rebates, we’ve got you covered.

Frequently lauded as the world’s most livable city, Melbourne is a hub of innovation. This explains why Solar Energy is one of the city’s largest emerging markets. Melbourne’s trams have been some of the latest beneficiaries of the progress in solar technology, with the whole tram network now offset by solar power.

Here in Melbourne we use electricity to cool our houses during the blistering summer months. We also use electricity to warm them in the frosty winters. Solar Panels can provide us with all the electricity we require, year round.

Solar technology reduces your carbon footprint, slashes the cost on your energy bills and grants you access to free, clean power for your home. There are plenty of fantastic reasons to be considering the switch to solar in Melbourne.

Solar Victoria rebates available now

Before we jump into the essential information – like how many solar panels you will need and the cost of your system – we go over the Victorian Solar Rebate in more detail and show you how to claim your rebate. If we missed something you can let us know in the comments below.

From July 1st 2020 the Solar Victoria Rebates under the Victorian Solar Homes Solar PV Rebate which gives applicable customers up to $1850 off the price of their solar system. The subsidy covers most of the cost of a new solar PV system as long as you meet a few simple criteria:

  • You are the owner-occupier of the property
  • You have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per year
  • Your property is an existing property valued at under $3 million
  • You do not have an existing solar PV system*

On top of the Solar Victoria rebate you can also get an Interest free loan from Solar Victoria to match the Solar Victoria rebate up to $1850, Payable over 4 years.

Are rebates really limited? Yes, here is the release dates and the amount of solar rebates up for grabs:

MonthRelease 1Release 2TotalRebate
October3,2503,2506,500$2,225
November3,2503,2506,500$2,225
December2,5002,5005,000$2,225
January2,0002,0004,000$1,888
February2,5002,5005,000$1,88
March2,5002,5005,000$1,888
April2,5002,5005,000$1,888
May2,5002,5005,000$1,888
June2,5002,5005,000$1,888

How much do Solar Panels cost in Melbourne?

Before you ask that question, you need to know which solar panel system size you need for your home. Have a look at the chart below, which size will fit you best?

So, how big is your household?

Now if we take a look at the average energy consumption:

  • 17.3 kWh per day for a couple
  • 24 kWh per day for a family

And compare it with the output of solar panel systems on offer in Melbourne:

  • 23.8 kWh for a 6.6kW system
  • 32 kWh for a 9.9kW system

We can see that a 6.6kW system would work for a small family with low usage.  A household with a high consumption should get a 9.9kW system to meet their current and future needs. Of course, your household might use more or less than the average.

So now you have an idea of what you need, “How much will it cost to install solar panels in Melbourne?”:

  • The 4.2kW system is $2,100
  • The 6.6kW system is $2,665
  • The LG Battery add-on is $8,990 after STC rebates and Solar Victoria Rebates

This seems very simple. Is it all this easy?

The numbers above assume that you used all of that power immediately. For most households electricity-use peaks in the evening once the sun has clocked off for the day. So, while a solar system might produce enough electricity, most of us can’t make use of it. Instead, we will be lucky if we can offset 50% of our actual power use.

To figure out the actual production of your system, you can ask our friendly solar experts.

Average solar production in Melbourne

Here in Melbourne, we use power to cool our houses in summer and in winter we use power to warm them. Solar Panels can provide us with all the power we need.

In Melbourne and Victoria, we experience a slightly colder winter compared to the rest of Australia. This will affect solar panel production as there is less overall sunlight throughout the year. During the summer months solar panel systems typically produce more power, while in winter months the system will produce less.

3.6kWh per kW of solar installed on average is the yearly average for Victoria.

Important Questions to Consider

To figure out your actual production (of the system you are considering) and the effect it has on your energy bill you will need to consider:

  • What size are the panels?
  • When did you install the panels? Are they new?
  • How much sunshine do we receive in Melbourne?
  • Are the panels facing north?
  • What is the angle of the panels?
  • Is there any potential shading?
  • Whether or not you are home during the day?
  • How much are the feed-in tariffs?

Interested in reading more about “Average Solar Panel Production in Melbourne” and all the assumptions related to this question? Read all about it on our “Average Solar Panel Production in Melbourne” page.

6.6kW solar panel installation in Melbourne

How much power can each Solar Panel System produce in Melbourne?

The reason we look at average solar panel production levels is to determine how much it will affect your energy bill.

There are a lot of assumptions when talking solar. Exact numbers can be difficult to predict because, as they say, “who knows what the weather will bring?”

Get to know your average solar panel production in Melbourne

Melbourne Solar Production

This graph provides a rough guide to how much energy different solar panel systems can produce in different seasons. The reason we typically look at the average solar panel production levels is that solar production is highly affected by weather conditions and the amount of solar irradiation (how much sun reaches your house). These factors determine how much power your solar panel system produces.

Is there any difference between summer months and winter months?

The summer peak is 5.4kWh/day in January but in winter you can expect 2.5 kWh/day in June. On average Melbourne gets 3.6kWh/day. Overall there is a variation of 2.9kWh/day between the darkest month and the brightest. A north facing panel will get the highest production across a day while a south facing panels production drops to around 80%. In winter a south facing panel might not produce power at all.

So how much power will your Solar Panel System produce in Melbourne?

There is a direct relationship between system size and amount of panels. And when you choose a system size you have to keep in mind of your household’s energy consumption patterns and where your solar panels are positioned. The way your panels are oriented, their tilt and the presence of shade all affect the amount of electricity they produce. Remember: not all solar panels are created equal.

System SizePoly 275WMono PERC 300WHalf Cell 370W
4kW15 panels14 panels11 panels
5kW19 panels17 panels14 panels
6.6kW24 panels22 panels18 panels
9.9kW36 panels33 panels27 panels

Solar panels are getting better every year and we get more power per panel every year. That means either more power from our roof or less panels needed. For example, if you have a smaller available roof space you could use higher wattage panels to get more power from a smaller space.

Other important questions you should ask about your system:

  • What size are the panels?
  • When did you install the panels? Are they new?
  • How much sunshine do we receive in Melbourne?
  • Are the panels facing north?
  • What is the angle of the panels?
  • Is there any potential shading?
  • Whether or not you are home during the day?

Top 3 reasons why NOW is the best time to get Solar Panels in Melbourne

Still on the fence? You don’t have to be. Getting solar is as simple as putting any appliance in your home. Solar makes perfect sense for these reasons.

  • 6 Solar Panels are installed every minute

    Across Australia 6 Solar Panels are installed every minute. Why? The answer is simple. Electricity prices continue to rise and rather than pay large energy retailers, it is cheaper to generate the power yourself with solar panels. In Melbourne, the largest single-phase solar system you can install is a 6.6kW Solar Panel system. This is enough to power a 3+ bedroom home. Solar Run has Franchisee’s across Melbourne who can help you get the right system for your home.

  • The Solar Victoria rebate is coming to town

    The Solar Victoria Rebate is available for 650,000 homes. On top of the STC rebate, you will receive a further $1,850 paid from the Victorian Government plus an interest free loan though the state government. It’s all about Victorian households getting more energy independent rather than making huge profits for large energy retailers. Claiming the Solar Victoria Rebate is easy. 

  • Get ready for battery

    If you have Solar Panels installed at your property and haven’t claimed the Solar Victoria rebate or you are considering installing Solar Panels in Melbourne then the Victorian Government will be paying $4,174 of your Battery system to be installed.

Why? It is simple.

Solar Battery Storage allows Victorians to benefit from solar energy both day and night. A more technical reason for the upcoming battery scheme is that Installing a Solar Panel system with Battery Storage helps balance the grid. It also allows households to use power when the sun is down, therefore causing less strain on the grid during peak times. Need help with the rebate? Speak to our Solar Run team to help you size the right system and access the Solar Victoria Rebate.

Still, have some questions? Give our friendly experts a buzz about your solar questions on 1300076527 today.
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