The Bright Future of Housing in Australia: Solar Panels for Home

May 3, 2022

Is your home solar yet?

Whether you answered yes or no, the truth is this: solar power is the future of household energy in Australia.

As the price of renewable energy falls and the need for power grows, increasingly more Australian homes are switching to solar. The households that aren't? They might be missing out on the future (and thousands in savings!).

Unsure about what the future of residential solar power looks like? Don't worry — in this blog post, we answer any questions you might have.

The Benefits of Home Solar Power Systems

Home solar panels are situated on the roof of a house and turn solar power into electricity. It’s an excellent way to save money on your electricity bill and help the environment. 

As the residential solar power system gets more affordable, it grows in popularity. The cost of solar panels has dropped by about 80% over the last twelve years!

Some benefits of using solar electricity include:

  • Reducing your carbon footprint and helping to slow down climate change
  • A solar system increases the value of your home
  • When you generate electricity yourself, you can save money on your energy bill
  • You can store excess energy for a rainy day

Government Rebates for Solar Power

The Australian government offers several rebates and incentives for people installing residential solar power systems.

Many of these rebates are through Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC). An STC is a rebate equivalent to one MWh of renewable energy generated from a solar PV system (or other clean sources).

For a 6.6 kW solar system, you could get a rebate of nearly $3,000!

For more information about these rebates and how to apply for them, visit the Australian government's renewable power incentives website.

How Homes Can Use Solar Energy

There are two main ways that homeowners can use solar power:

  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems: These systems turn solar power into electricity, which can power your home. Systems like this typically include panels, an inverter, and a meter. (A battery is a great addition as well!)
  • Solar hot water systems: These systems use solar power to heat water — useful for showers, laundry, and dishwashing. Solar hot water systems typically include solar collectors and a storage tank.

If you're thinking about going solar, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • The size of your home: Larger homes will need more panels to generate enough electricity (or hot water) to meet their needs.
  • The amount of sunlight your home gets: Homes that get more sunlight will be able to generate more solar power.
  • Your energy needs: If you have any appliances that use a lot of electricity (for example, if you have an electric car), you'll need a more extensive solar system to meet your needs.

If you're interested in solar power but not sure if it's right for your home, we recommend talking to a solar energy specialist. They can help you figure out what size system you need and how much it will cost.

How Much Money Do Solar-Powered Homes Save?

Solar-powered homes can save a lot of money on their electricity bills! Solar PV systems can reduce your electricity bill by thousands of dollars annually.

Depending on the size of your solar power system, you could save $3,500 annually on your energy bill.

If you expand on the system with a top-of-the-line solar battery, you could recoup the installation cost within eight years and pay $0 in energy bills from then on!

Secure Your Home's Future With Solar Power Systems

There are many reasons to go solar. With government rebates and falling prices, solar is more affordable than ever before. Why not make the switch to solar today? It's good for your wallet and good for the planet.

Curious to learn more? Get in touch today to see how you can bring your home into the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about

How many solar panels are needed to power a home?

How much solar energy you need depends on the size of your home and the amount of sunlight it receives. It will generally ange between 2kW-5kW, or 8 to 24 solar panels. A solar power specialist can help you figure out what size system you need.

How long do solar panels last?

Panels usually come with a warranty of 20-25 years. But they can last much longer than that — up to 40 years!

What is the average cost of solar panels?

Prices have fallen dramatically in recent years, and solar panels are now more affordable than ever. A typical solar panel system will cost between $4,000-$10,000. But don't forget — you can get rebates and incentives from the government to offset the cost!