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In Australia, we have access to the cheapest energy in the world - rooftop solar. This is not an exaggeration.

Thanks to our unique climate conditions and how efficient we are at connecting solar-powered homes to the grid, we pay half as much as Kiwis do for solar energy and a quarter of what they pay in the US.

Combine this with historically low costs for solar panels and surging electricity prices - you could say that now is a pretty good year to go solar, even if you live in an apartment.

How does it work?

Home solar is a pretty simple concept.

  1. Someone installs solar panels on your roof (takes about a day)
  2. These panels generate electricity during the day, which is fed to your home
  3. You buy less energy from the grid (and sell back any excess you don’t need)

Solar panels have become significantly better in recent years. They generate electricity year round, even in winter, in the rain, and on cloudy days. Naturally, output will be the highest when it’s sunny. You’re still connected to the grid, so you always have your regular electricity supply as a backup. They’re also self-cleaning in the rain if your roof is on an angle.

What does a battery do?

Because you only produce energy during the day when the sun is shining, your solar panels don’t work in the evening when much of your electricity usage takes place.A battery allows you to store excess energy produced in the daytime, so you can use it later.

How much you could save?

The short answer is, you could wipe our your entire electricity bill. The long answer is, it depends on a bunch of things like:

  • How much energy you currently use
  • What times you use electricity throughout the day
  • Whether you have a battery
  • How many solar panels you get
  • Your local climate

Savings come from two places:

  1. You buy less energy from the grid because you’re using the energy that you produce yourself. This will be where most of your savings come from
  2. You sell excess energy back to the grid. You’re paid at what’s called the “feed-in tariff”, which is substantially lower than what you pay to buy electricity, and will probably continue to decrease.

As a really rough rule of thumb, you might cut your bill in half with a simple high quality solar system without a battery, and with a battery you might cut out most of it.

Environmental impact

Australia has committed to reaching emission levels of 43% below 2005 level by the year 2030. A big part of this is planned to come from home solar. According to projections by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, we are not currently on track to meet these targets.

This means that we need to accelerate the rate at which we install home solar. As an individual, this is one of the most impactful things you can do to help combat climate change.

Government rebates

Home solar is important and it is effective. Federal, state, and local council governments all offer significant rebates for installing a solar system.

The exact amount of the rebate depends on the size of the system installed and where you live, but you can expect to save at least $2000.