Solar Power & Solar Panels Sunshine Coast

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Sunshine Coast, QueenslandSunshine Coast, Queensland

The only thing more refreshing than the water, is a laid-back lifestyle centred around pristine beaches and subtropical forest and the Sunshine Coast has got it all for you.

Perfect for an action-packed holiday or a quiet escapade, you’ll never run out of things to see or do on your visit to the Sunshine Coast. The city not only boasts its pristine coastline, but also its rich hinterland. Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland is full of natural beauty, cozy cafes and boutiques waiting to be discovered. You can also find award-winning restaurants, food trails, vibrant food festivals and bustling farmers markets around the town.

Sport minded tourists can participate in water sports and activities. Others who prefer to keep their feet touching the ground, can try out the trails and hiking paths on the hinterland.

Recently, the city council announced that Sunshine Coast will have its own solar energy plant. With electricity prices going up, this is a good news for the locals.

Solar power is cheaper alternative

It’s true that an investment in a solar system is no longer as lucrative as it once was but solar is still worth the investment. Where the incentive was before July 9 to install the biggest system you could fit on your roof and export as much power as possible during the day, the best way to make the most of your system now is to install a system that produces about what you use during the day or what you can reasonably expect to move into the middle of the day. (dishwashers, washing machines, change hot water timers, irrigation, pumps etc) That way, you’re using your own power and not importing from the grid at rates ranging from 25c/kWh to 35c/kWh.

With power prices in Queensland expected to increase substantially over the next couple of years, solar is a great way to protect yourself and your family against these price rises.

Another factor that has helped to cushion to impact of the lower FIT is the fact that solar panel prices worldwide have plummeted recently and have made solar systems the cheapest they’ve ever been. On top of this, you’ll still receive assistance from the Federal Government under the Solar Credit Scheme.

To work out your payback period and returns on investment, go here – Financial returns and payback periods or check out our new Solar Payback 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 Sunshine Coast: Comparing the best solar panel deals

Have you noticed your electricity bill increasing? Unfortunately this looks like the going trend for Sunshine Coast residents. Start moving forward and save with solar power electricity. We can give you a head start with three solar panel systems quotes, completely obligation free. We leave it up to you to compare the deals so that you can feel safe in knowing you picked the right price. Let Solar Market help you now by clicking the button below.

If you’re in the Sunshine Coast and you haven’t switched to solar power, it’s time. Find out all the about the solar situation in the Sunshine Coast below.

Feed-in Tariffs for Queensland

Feed-in Tariffs in Queensland have recently been amended and the Queensland Government no longer offers any feed-in tariff for applications completed after July 30, 2014. The government will continue to honour the 44c/kWh rate for applications submitted before 9 June 2012 as well as 8c/kWh for applications submitted prior to July 30, 2014.

Although the government no longer offers a feed in tariff for new installations, most energy retailers in Queensland continue to offer competitive feed in tariff rates to their customers.

Retail Energy Provider *Current Rate More Info
AGL 10.6c Website
Origin 7c Website
Energy Australia 11c Website
Click Energy 10c-16c Website
Ergon 10.1c 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.