Solar Power & Solar Panels Tweed Heads

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Tweed Heads, New South WalesTweed Heads, New South Wales

Situated in the northern coastal region of the NSW, Australia’s Green Cauldron Tweed Heads offers an array of fun-filled water activities, lush rainforests and dramatic mountain ranges.

You can meet a colourful cast of local characters in country pubs and urban clubs or celebrate at festivals and concerts. You can also check out their handiworks and arts at artist studios and galleries. Find fresh produce and chat with them at roadside stalls and farmers’ markets. Enjoy their hospitality at cozy rainforest retreats, friendly B&Bs and luxury oceanfront resorts.

A town with a breathtaking scenery and diverse environment, there is no excuse not to head outdoors and choose your own adventure. You can choose from water activities like kayaking or surfing or explore the great outdoors by hiking or horse-riding. There are triathlons and cycling events happening throughout the year.

Having a subtropical climate, the Tweed’s is known for its rarely too hot and doesn’t get too cold weather. And contrary to the popular belief, solar power is not just for big businesses. As electricity prices continue to soar with seemingly no end in sight, many families are now switching to solar power as a solution to their household budget woes.

Stating that”energy management and sustainability is a key part” of their global operations, super retailer Aldi is installing a 92.3kW solar system on its retail store in Tweed Heads.

Solar is cheaper alternative

With daytime NSW electricity rates up to 35c/kWh, offsetting daytime usage with your own solar power is effectively like having a 35c Feed in Tariff.

When feed in tariff rates were higher, the incentive was to export as much power during the day as possible by using appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines at night. Now with little incentive to export power, the best strategy is to set timers on these and other appliances and use them during the middle of the day so they run off your solar power and this will mean you won’t be paying the high rates.

Additionally, the fact that panel prices globally have plummeted over the last year means you can now have a 5kW system installed for under $10,000 whereas previously the same system would have set you back between $20,000~$30,000.

Combine these points with the fact that electricity prices have just risen 18% in NSW with more increases expected in the future.

To work out your payback period and returns on you investment, go here – Financial returns and payback periods or check out our new Solar Savings Calculator.

If you have any questions about how to use the formulas or any other matter, please don’t hesitate to ask us a question.

Solar Power in Tweed Heads: Comparing the best solar panel deals

Tweed Heads is seeing an ongoing increase in electricity costs. How much more money will you spend before making the switch to solar power? Don’t delay it any longer.

Solar Market make it easy by providing three solar panel installation quotes for no cost or obligation. It’s time to find out how much you can save on your solar systems deals in Tweed Heads.

Want to switch to solar power but you don’t know where to start? That’s okay, we have all the relevant information below.

Feed-in Tariffs for Tweed Heads residents

Although New South Wales no longer has a guaranteed Feed-in tariff, most retailers still provide a relatively high rate for the electricity you feed back into the grid.

Rates are subject to change and vary across different retailers, be sure to check with your retailer about the rate which you are eligible to receive.

Retail Energy Provider *Current Rate More info
AGL 11.1c Website
Origin 9c Website
Red Energy 11.1c Website
Power Direct 11.1c Website
Dodo 11.6c Website

*Rates updated July 2017

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.