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Top 7 Questions People Ask Before Getting Solar Power in Melbourne VIC

Is My Solar Energy System Going To be Connected To The Grid?

Did you know that in Australia about 90% of these solar systems are connected to the grid? The usage of off-grid set-up is mainly limited to the rural area, where it could be difficult or expensive to gain access to the power grid. In a city, grid connection is the best choice as it will give off (feed) power that you do not use into the grid for a small credit. In most cases, you are better off using the power rather than sending it to the grid as it will help you save money.

Are Government Rebates Still Available?

The good news is that there are few solar incentives available for home owners. They do come in the form of Small Scale Technology Certificates (STCs). These certificates are requested by retailer from whom you have bought your system from; and in return for a healthy discount on your set-up; as well as the amount of the discount depend on the system size.

How Much Will You Save?

In a nutshell, the amount you save from your solar electricity will depend on two things:
• The amount of power your panel can generate
• The amount of power your house uses

Your solar panel should produce electric power for approximately 4.3 hours per day. However, the number of power it generates does depend on the system size:

• 1.5kW System – Generates 1.5kWh per hour of sunlight
• 3kW System – Generates 3kWh per hour of sunlight
• 5kW System – Generates 5kWh per hour of sunlight

Therefore, on an average if your solar panel has the ability to receive about 4.3 hours of sunlight per day. After you have determined your daily sunlight, all you need to do is follow the following method:

365 X (your energy rate) X 4.3 X (System Size)

For example, if you have recorded that your energy rate is 0.23; the expected savings would be:
• 5kW – $1,883 every Year
• 3kW – $1,130 every year
• 1.5kW – $541 every year

These figures is going to be true, if you are not going to over-capitalize on power purchase as well as if you are not going to install a system that is too big for its usage; in this case, the savings could be slightly less.

What Size System Should You Get?

Did you know that 50% of solar panels installed are 1.5kW in Sydney? The reason being, it is the smallest system size on the market for house and produces approximately 6. 75 kWh per day.

Therefore, for you to determine what size is best for you for your home, you will have to observe your electric bill to determine your daily usage. As the same time, it is important to determine the amount of electricity you use during the day. This is because solar panels have the power to produce electricity during the day.

If you have received you electric bill and you cannot find your daily usage, then below is a guide to use to determine the size of system to get and that is beneficial to you most.

• Daily Usage is > 11/kWh – 1.5kW
• Daily Usage is > 15/kWh – 2KW
• Daily Usage is > 23/kWh – 3kW
• Daily Usage is > 35/kWh – 5kW

Do the Systems Work On Cloudy Days?

The fact is that they absolutely do. It is important to know that solar panels will produce power using light. For this reason, as long as there is daylight, your SPV will generate power.

How Durable Is My System?

The million-dollar question that many people as is; how long will my system last? Well, solar panels are extremely durable and they can last 20 years and more. However, a majority of solar manufacturing company will offer you 25 years guarantee, which is important.

Another component in a solar system that people tend to worry about is the inverter. In the industry, many experts claim that inverters have the power to last up to 10 years. However, this statement has been proven to be wrong in Sydney. On the other hand, there are inverters that have the power to last up to 20 years after installation.