How much solar panel cost in Australia?

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When I was a kid, I enjoyed the movie Spiderman & the dialog when Peter’s uncle Ben says “With great power comes great responsibility”. Only after getting married & with two kids I actually realized “with great power comes even greater electricity bills” & in some situation even Spiderman needed help.

Thanks to the incessant advanced growing technology, I was saved as I had solar installed & that too a quality & reliable one. And before anyone who is ready to go for solar, they all, of course, want to know how much these solar panels cost?

Well, The cost of solar panels depends on range of factors like size of the system, brand, location (as rebates differ). And while we install panels, the quality of components other than panels like inverter, mounting kit, electrical kit & of course the labour charges increase the total cost.

we will go through all the factors one by one & learn what affects what & how.
  1. Size of the system
  2. Brand & Quality of panels
  3. Location
  4. Labour Cost
  5. Roof Characteristics
  6. Permission to connect with the grid

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Size of the system

Of course, the bigger the size of solar system, the higher the cost. For residential properties, the quite demanding sizes are 6.6kW, 9.9kW & 13.2kW.

Once you finalize the size of the system after doing all the calculations through bills & availability of the space on the roof, you are advised with different wattage, dimension, technology & brand of panels. Here is a chart to give you some more ideas what to look into while checking space availability on the roof & production of your required size of system.

Brand & quality of panels

Choosing a well-established brand can cost you almost double than the other less popular or new entry level manufacturers. There are brands hail from Germany, Korea, Singapore, USA, China & others. You can compare the below mentioned characteristics in the table to find out which one you want.

Brands Country Wattage Model Dimension (mm) Weight Warranty Efficiency Made in
Sunpower  USA 400  Maxeon3 DC  1690*1046*40  19Kg  40 Years  Up to 22.6% Malaysia
Winiaco  Taiwan 400 WST-MGX-P3 1724*1135*35 21.5Kg 25 years Up to 20.95 Taiwan
REC Norway 400 Alpha Pure 1821*1016*30 20.5Kg 25 years Up to 21.6% Singapore
Hyundai S Korea 400 UF Series 1646*1140*35 20.5Kg 25 years Up to 21.3% China
Jinko China 400 Tiger Neo N-type 1722*1134*30 22Kg 25 years Up to 20.48% China
Canadian China 400 HiKu6 1722*1134*30 21.3Kg 25 years Up to 20.5% China

Characteristics Comparison of different brand of solar panels

Sunpower, Winiaco, REC are the top premium panels you can buy & there are other that are sought & installed at a very large scale all across the world like Hyundai, Jinko, Trina & many others.

Likewise, you can get inverters that top the list & others that are considered good value for money. Fronius (Austria), SMA (Germany), SolarEdge (Facilities in different countries) are the most reliable as well as the expensive inverter you can get. And then there are Sungrow (China), GoodWe (China) & Fimer that costs less yet reliable.

Brands Country KW Model Weight Warranty Efficiency Max Input Current
Fronius Austria 5 Primo 21.5Kg 5+5 Years 98.10% 18A/18A
SMA Germany 5 SunnyBoy 17.5Kg 5+5 Years 97% 15A/15A
Huawei China 5 SUN600-5KTL-L0 12Kg 10 Years 98.40% 12.5A/12.5A
Sungrow China 5 SG5K-D Premium 11.5Kg 10 Years 98.40% 12.5A/12.5A
GoodWe China 5 GW5000-MS Seris 22.5Kg 10 Years 97.70% 16A/16A

Comparison Characteristics of different brands of Inverters

Location

All residents in the country are encouraged to install solar with a view to be a self-reliant in terms of energy consumption by giving rebates. The rebates amount may vary as per the location divided in different zones.

Labour cost for installation

Installing solar panels on the roof is profoundly different from choosing good quality solar products as solar installers charge varying amounts for the experience & the warranty offerings. Warranty may or may not include the labour charges in their workmanship warranty.

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solar rebates at different zones

Roof characteristics

Solar panels installation cost may get affected due to the characteristic of your home & roof.

  1. Slope of the roof
  2. How many orientations are being used
  3. Is it being installed on one level or two different level
  4. How many splits are being installed due to skylights or hot water system

The additional equipment & efforts to finish the installation may further add the cost.

Permitting for grid connection

While equipment and labor costs make up a significant portion of your solar energy system quote, the cost of solar permits and your interconnection fees can also be a factor. Typically, you will have to obtain a permission to connect approval from your energy distributors. Depending on the location, it may ask to submit some Line Diagram & Voltage Rise Calculation that may cost as it is designed by certified designer & network engineer.

Though solar providers do all the paper work but customer have to pay for the diagram & certification. It generally required in regional areas. After installation, solar provider submits all the necessary documents to your energy retailer that arrange its sparky to visit your property to connect the system to the grid.

Should not we consider the cost of solar after installation?

There is a range of contributed factors that we should consider before installing solar panels.

  1. Location – how easy or difficult it is to access the installed panels can affect the cost as it requires additional safety equipment.
  2. Roof Pitch – the steeper the pitch of the roof, higher the cost for a routine check up & to rectify it.
  3. Brand – the lower the quality of the product, higher the chances of getting the panels broken or getting faulty & customer may have to pay for labor charges to replace depending on the installation warranty agreement.
  4. Size – higher number of panels of course cost more for cleaning & maintenance.

In general, premium quality solar products require little to no maintenance over their lifetime, and you shouldn’t expect to spend much money at all once your solar is installed and operational. There’s always the off-chance something happens that’s not covered by your warranties, however. If you live in an area of the country with abnormal air pollution You may need to trim trees as they grow, or hire a cleaner. Learn more about what you could run into post-installation by talking to our solar experts.

Solar Rebates

With the help of solar rebates, subsidies & incentives from state & territory governments, the cost of installing solar panelshas dropped & households are able to get more efficient panels at quite a good price comparatively in those past years. Several others government-run low cost or interest free battery loans & battery rebates have been introduced. The availability & the supports varied & depends on where you live – utilities, cities, and states.

  1. National solar subsidy
  2. Empowering Homes scheme (solar and battery subsidy)
  3. Solar For Low Income Households holds
  4. Feed-in tariff 

If you want to check how much exactly a system can cost you, you can contact one of our solar experts to advise you on it.

Solar Rebates

With the help of solar rebates, subsidies & incentives from state & territory governments, the cost of installing solar panelshas dropped & households are able to get more efficient panels at quite a good price comparatively in those past years. Several others government-run low cost or interest free battery loans & battery rebates have been introduced. The availability & the supports varied & depends on where you live – utilities, cities, and states.

  1. National solar subsidy
  2. Empowering Homes scheme (solar and battery subsidy)
  3. Solar For Low Income Households holds
  4. Feed-in tariff 

If you want to check how much exactly a system can cost you, you can contact one of our solar experts to advise you on it.