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How To Make Money With Solar Panels

Solar PV InstallationInstalling a Solar Power System is one of the best ways to reduce home or business electricity costs. Currently many Aussie homes are losing the battle with rising power costs. Solar energy could be saving them, big dollars off the power bill!

Primarily we would say this lack of interest in Solar Power, is due to past negative media and a big lack of understanding still by some Aussie householders.

Solar Power now connected to NET metering, certainly had an uphill battle, after recent generous Government funded Solar Bonus systems came to an end in NSW and other States.

There are still big savings to be made, when you understand you can offset home electricity costs, during the sunny hours of the day, by using your own free solar power.

Let us help you to understand the ways you can make money, with a Solar PV system! In the past there have been three methods:


  • The Gross FIT system where you are paid 60 cents for every kW generated [NSW Solar Bonus Scheme SBS prior to 27/10/10] Ceased 2010
  • The Gross FIT system where you are paid 20 cents for every kW generated [NSW Solar Bonus Scheme SBS 28/10/10 to 28/04/11] Ceased December 31st 2016
  • The Net FIT system where you are paid anywhere from 4 to 10 cents for every exported kW. Your are allowed to offset imported power costs, during the sunny hours of the day with your generated solar power. This is the current situation 2017 in NSW. Households whom have solar installed via a Gross meter will be switching to this Net FIT during early 2017. New installations will be connected via a Net meter


Of these three methods, the first two have been Government or electricity supplier funded. This means to some extent, you run the risk of changes being made to these programs at anytime, where you may lose out financially.

The Net FIT system will only show you a minor financial return when rely on exported power only. As the rate for exported power is little.

One of the greatest home electricity savings you can make, is where you offset your electricity usage during the sunny hours of the day. Simply put, you use what you generate on the roof! Offsetting imported power that you would normally have purchased.

As electricity costs rise, savings will increase, as your offsetting this rising electricity cost.


NET Metering Saves You More $$$ When You Use / Store The Sunny Hours Power!


Current NSW 2017 electricity costs are anywhere from 25 to 55 cents per kW imported, depending on your tariff and location. If you are on a TOU TARIFF, you may be paying as much as 47 to 55 cents per kWh, for that peak power during the afternoon and evening.

Electricity costs easily eliminated, by adding solar to the roof of your home!



Rising Electricity Costs Over The Years

  • July 2011 18%]
  • 2013 : 2014 15%
  • July 2017 15%
  • Inflation every year will add 3% to 5%
  • Coal contracts per ton have recently increased by 500%
  • Carbon tax could be $25 per ton



So What Can You Do?

Well you need to fully understand how a solar power electricity system offsets your electricity costs. Knowing other information will help, such as:


  • How to size a solar system, to offset power used during the sunny hours of the day
  • How to size a solar system to further charge batteries for dark hour use
  • What energy efficiency initiatives could you implement in your home
  • The suitability of your roof for the installation of a solar system
  • Any shading issues and how this may affect estimated output of your Solar PV
  • Orientation and tilt angle of your solar array
  • The proposed location of your inverter
  • Any required changes or upgrades to your electricity power meter / box


    Not forgetting:

  • Solar system specifications including make and model number of solar panels and inverter
  • Estimates of yearly energy output. Adjusted for solar radiation, tilt, orientation, shading. Taking into account temperature, dirt, module mismatch, cable losses and inverter efficiency
  • The estimated financial savings based on current electricity costs
  • All equipment and install charges
  • Detailed system warranty information



Are There Any Government Rebates Available?

There are still Excellent Solar PV Discounts available through the Government's Small scale Technology Certificates [Known as STCs]. These rebates are NORMALLY deducted from the cost of any Solar PV System offer, by the business selling the system.

Furthermore rebates are offered by electricity retailers, for any excess electricity exported back to the electricity grid. Currently six to ten cents [July 2017]



What Will My Solar Power System Generate During The Day?

Solar Power InverterIt is important to fully understand what the output of your solar pv system is during all of the sunny hours. Knowing this, will allow you to correctly match  the power generated with the power required at any particular time. Allowing you to charge batteries if you wish to offset your dark hour power requirements


  • TO SMALL  a solar pv system and you will be buying electricity that you could have been generating
  • TO LARGE a system and you will be sending electricity back into the grid, currently with little return. Unless you are charging batteries


Remember you make the bulk of your financial return by USING or STORING what you generate in those sunny hours. Offsetting the costs of your normally imported electricity!

The average daily generated power [CEC figures] of a solar pv system in NSW is:


  • 1.5 kW = 5.85 kW
  • 2.0 kW = 7.8 kW
  • 3.0 kW = 11.7 kW
  • 4.0 kW = 15.6 kW
  • 5.0 kW = 19.5 kW
  • 6.0 kW = 23.4 kW
  • 7.0 kW = 27.3 kW
  • 8.0 kW = 31.2 kW
  • 9.0 kW = 35.1 kW
  • 10.0 kW = 39.0 kW


    Using the CEC figures, you could be looking at maximium electricity savings of:


  • 2 kW Solar System : electricity @ 30 cents kWh : Annual electricity offset could be $854
  • 4 kW Solar System : electricity @ 50 cents kWh : Annual electricity offset could be $2847





How Much Electricity Does My Home Use During The Sunny Hours?

Software Showing Daytime Electricity Usage - Click To Learn MoreWell there are a few ways to work this out. You will need to know how power much and when. Not just how much power over the sunny hour period. If you read your electricity meter at sun up and then again at sun down, you will only know the total power used.

The most accurate way to know how much and when is to install a HOME ELECTRICITY MONITOR. An electricity monitor allows you to easily see the electricity used at all times of the day. This daytime usage is what your Solar PV System will offset.

Importantly a home electricity monitor operating in your home for a couple of weeks, will educate you on your electricity usage habits. You will learn where electricity is being used and wasted. This experience further helping you to save on electricity costs.

Once your Solar PV System is installed, the home electricity monitor will be also become your SOLAR POWER MONITORING SOLUTION with the addition of extra hardware. Your new home and solar monitoring solution will keep you notified 24/7 of the power generated above your roof and the power used below it.

This SOLAR POWER ALERT SYSTEM making you instantly aware, should any issue arise with your inverter's output!




Online Solar Power Monitoring Solutions - Click To Learn More



Electricity Monitors Create Tailored Solar Power Systems!

Remember you can maximise your electricity savings two fold. When you install a HOME ELECTRICITY MONITORING SOLUTION prior to installing a Solar Power system you:


  • Learn about your electricity usage from day 1, allowing you to save off electricity costs.
  • Are able to size a Solar System to your sunny hour usage and dark hour [batteries] usage.





Prices Vary Due To

  • Type of inverter
  • Type of solar panels
  • Government rebates
  • Installation costs
  • Removal of trees
  • Height of roof
  • System design
  • Business mark up



Helping Australians Reduce Home Electricity Costs - Click To Learn More



What About Accreditation And Australian Standards?

All Solar Power installers should be accredited. Australian standards define certain product criteria.



What About Any Warranty And Guarantee?

Solar panels come with a warranty on the efficiency over time. Usually 90% for 10 years and 80% up to year 25. A guarantee on the panel may be 10 years. Inverters can be anywhere from 5 to 25 years. It is important with any warranty or guarantee, to know who is offering it, be it the the manufacturer or the solar sales / installation business. There should also be warranties on workmanship.



Solar Power Partnerships

Currently we are not offering Solar Power Solutions, though we could be interested in the right deal. We have in the past been very careful in selecting whom we work with in the Solar Power industry. We want to offer our clients, a solid creditable Solar Power Deal.


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