Solar Energy

 

Solar energy has fast become a lifeline for many homes and businesses in Australia looking to claw back some of those dreaded electricity costs. With one of the highest uptakes of rooftop solar in the world, Aussie consumers aren’t afraid of investing big to help reduce the size of their energy bills.

Whether it’s to save money or become less reliant on the grid, we can help you find your way on your solar power journey. Find all the information you need about solar with Canstar Blue.

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Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on SA Power network in Adelaide but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

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Best Solar Energy Companies in Australia

Canstar Blue releases a customer satisfaction survey each year on the best solar retailers in Australia, as rated by consumers. To find the best solar provider, companies are rated on several factors, including value for money, customer service, solar tariff rate, ease of sign-up and much more.

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Best Solar Installers in Australia

To find the best solar installers in Australia, Canstar Blue conducts an annual customer satisfaction survey that rates companies on customer service, installation process, set-up costs and more. If you’re thinking about installing solar, then our review of solar installers is a great place to start.

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Solar Feed-In Tariffs

A solar feed-in tariff is a rate paid to you by your retailer for generating power and sending it back to the grid. Often referred to as a ‘buy back rate’ or ‘solar tariff’, a feed-in tariff enables you to receive rebates on your energy bills for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity you export.

On the hunt for a higher solar feed-in tariff? Then you’re in luck! You can review a list of energy retailers offering feed-in tariffs in your state by clicking the link below.

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Solar Battery Storage

Many Australians are complementing their solar systems with an energy storage unit, which enables you to store your excess electricity generated by your panels. Given the additional upfront costs, it may pay to do some research and ask an important question; are solar batteries worth it? 

To find out whether or not an energy storage unit is suitable to your needs, it’s best to review a wide range of solar battery retailers by comparing products and services that best fit your circumstances.

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Frequently asked questions

Solar energy is power that’s generated by the sun and then converted into usable electricity for homes and businesses. In a nutshell, solar energy is produced by capturing the sun’s heat by using photovoltaic cells, which are made up of semiconductor materials that absorb the compounds needed to generate electricity. 

Solar power is made possible by what’s known as the ‘photovoltaic effect’. This scientific phenomenon works when certain materials inside a solar cell generate an electrical current when exposed to sunlight. Solar panels are made up of these photovoltaic cells, which capture photons from sunlight. From here, silicon and conductors within the panels send the power to an inverter which converts it into electricity.

Choosing to install solar is a long-term investment with a general buyback period of around five to eight years. Installing solar normally comes with a high upfront cost, which is why it’s always best to do some research before committing to a purchase. There are many factors to consider that will determine whether or not installing solar is suitable to your circumstances. 

In Australia, you’ll need to contact an accredited solar company to install solar panels. Due to government legislation and industry standards, solar installation needs to be carried out by a licenced professional. There are thousands of accredited solar installers across the country where customers can ring up for a quote specific to their circumstances. 

A solar meter is a device that measures how much electricity a property exports to the grid as well as how much power is supplied to the premises. Most homes with solar panels will have a solar meter installed as opposed to an older accumulation meter. Solar meters are bi-directional, meaning it records power coming in and power being exported.

Yes, solar is a type of renewable energy as it’s sourced directly from the sun’s light. Solar energy allows consumers to use power that’s sustainable and infinite, unlike grid electricity that’s generated from a variety of non-renewable sources, like coal and gas. When solar power is created it also does not emit any greenhouse gases.

There are various types of renewable energy in Australia, such as solar, wind, hydro, ocean, geothermal and bioenergy. While most of Australia’s electricity generation relies on coal, renewables account for roughly 27 per cent, according to The Clean Energy Council.

There are numerous solar battery retailers in Australia that sell a wide variety of solar storage systems. Installing a solar battery can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $18,000, but will depend on multiple factors that are specific to individual circumstances, such as the installer’s costs, brand of unit and size of battery.

Yes, depending on the company, consumers may be able to finance their solar panels through their installer. Alternatively, customers installing solar may be eligible for a green loan through their lender, or they may be able to finance a solar system through a personal loan or interest-free loan.

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