Solar Power & Solar Panels Geelong

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Geelong, VictoriaGeelong, Victoria

A city located on the shores of Port Phillip bay, Geelong is your gateway to the ever-famous Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine peninsula.

Whatever definition of adventure you have in mind, Geelong’s got it all for you. You can check out Geelong’s abundant marine life by going on a boat tour, take a mountain bike course or appreciate the wonder of nature and swim and play with seals and dolphins in Queenscliff Harbour.

Take advantage and grab a bite in one of the remarkable waterfront restaurants that the city of Geelong brags about. Drive through the Otway Harvest Trail and 12 Apostles gourmet trail to feast not only your eyes, but also your growling stomach.

With a temperate oceanic climate, no wonder why the Geelong is frequently visited by tourists all year round. Due to a minimal amount of rainfall in a year, Geelong is considered the driest sizeable city in Australia.

And with this, locals are switching to solar energy in order to maximize the 12-hour long day time. Not only helps them to maximize the available source but also help save the environment.

Why choose solar power in Geelong?

With power prices expected to rise substantially over the coming years, installing solar is a great way to protect yourself going forward. With system prices at all time lows, you can expect your solar system to pay for itself in less than 5 years.

To work out your payback period and returns on 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.

Feed-in Tariffs for Geelong residents

Currently in Victoria, the State Government mandates that electricity retailers pay you at least 8c for each kWh you export to the grid. This is available for systems up to 5kW in size and is reviewed annually and adjusted based on the wholesale price of electricity.

While the state government does mandate a minimum 8c/kWh feed in tariff rate to be provided by energy retailers, some retailers do offer higher rates. Do your homework on which retailer can provide you the highest rate to get the best possible deal.

*Retail Energy Provider Current Rate More Info
AGL 11.3c Website
Click Energy 11.3c Website
Lumo Energy 11.3c Website
Origin 11.3c Website
Red Energy 11.3c Website
Simply Energy 11.3c Website
Energy Australia 11.3c Website
Power Direct 11.3c Website
Diamond Energy 11.3c 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.