Solar Power & Solar Panels Bunbury

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Bunbury, Western AustraliaBunbury, Western Australia

Known as a port city, Bunbury is the third largest city in the Western Australia and a thriving cultural centre. The city has all the major benefits of city-living commercial opportunities, facilities and attractions mixed into a beautiful, lush seaside setting with a country pace where both tourists and residents can enjoy.

A day in Bunbury will not be complete without visiting its nature-based attractions. One of its nature-based attractions is the Dolphin Discovery Centre where you can watch the dolphins swim close to the shore or watch documentaries on dolphins. In the Bunbury CBD alone, you can find many local pubs, restaurants, art galleries and cafes around the city. You can also find the Bunbury Tower, known as the “Milk Carton” situated on the heart of the city.

With industries such as farming and agriculture, the city’s environment standards are set on highest bar throughout the city. The citizens are also required to comply on the city’s waste management program. Just like other Australian cities, Bunbury also has a 12-hour day time where the sun shines by 6am and sets by 6PM.

And what makes the city popular for holiday makers is the warm summer and cool winter. Thanks to its position, sunny Bunbury is a great location for installing solar panels at home or for business purposes.

Solar power is cheaper alternative

The incentives for how solar power is produced and consumed have changed dramatically since the Feed-in Tariffs [FiT] component was reduced in 2011.

Previously, customers were best off using as many appliances as possible outside of daylight hours so that they could export as much energy as possible at the higher 47c rate. Now that you’ll be receiving only 8.4c which is less than what you pay for your electricity, the incentive is to use all major appliances during daylight hours so that you’re offsetting this usage with your own solar power.

Most customers now install systems which will offset only what they use during the day with taking into account any anticipated changes over the coming years such as a growing family or retirement.

A big factor that has reduced the effect of the FiT’s removal is the fact that panel prices have plummeted globally over the last year due to oversupply from China which has meant that a 5kW system which would have cost $25,000 last year now costs around $8,000.

The ever increasing cost of electricity means that solar is still a great investment and its benefits will only increase as years go by.

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 Bunbury: Comparing the best solar panel deals

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Feed-in Tariffs for Bunbury Residents

Western Australia’s Feed in Tariff rate is dependent on the area you live in and who your retailer is.

If you’re with Synergy, you’ll receive 7.135c/kWh. If you’re in the country with Horizon Power then the rate you receive will be between 10 and 50c/kWh depending on the specific area you live in.

Horizon customers should contact Horizon directly on 1800 267 926 or visit the Horizon website for further information. Horizon pays different Feed in Tariffs in each town based on the existing uptake of solar and they also compare the costs of solar with generating power via diesel generators.

*Retail Energy Provider Current Rate More info
Synergy 7.135c website
Horizon (Dependent on where you live) 10c – 50c 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.