Many homeowners are asking this question, and the short answer is, it depends where you are located. A solar energy system consists of solar panels, which are positioned on the roof in locations where they receive the most sunlight, storage batteries and inverters, which convert the sun’s rays into electricity and store it to be used at any time.
When looking at locations that receive the most direct sunlight per year, Brisbane is right at the top of the list – and the good news for homeowners is you can store enough energy to power your home – with some to spare. What’s more, the QLD government fully supports the transition from traditional electricity to solar energy, so Brisbane homeowners qualify for a healthy grant, and if that isn’t enough, it is projected that you will see a return of investment within 3-5 years!
The Northern Hemisphere
In some northern countries such as Iceland and Norway, it might take 15-20 years for the system to pay for itself, as the minimal hours of sunlight greatly reduce the amount of energy harvested. Even though this is the case, many people are making the switch, as they no longer wish to be part of the global warming problem.
Sourcing the Best Provider
If you have ever invited a double-glazing salesman into your home, you know how pressing that can be, and with websites that are dedicated to sourcing quotes from all the local solar panels system providers, you can sit back, enter the information into the online form and click on ‘get quotes’ and that’s it. Other great tools include the ability to read all of the customer reviews from any provider, all independent and unbiased, giving you the information you need in order to make an informed decision.
Crunch the Numbers
This is the only way to see whether or not it is worth your while to make the investment of installing a solar energy system in your home, which is to calculate your savings and balance that against the initial investment. There are no maintenance fees with solar energy, so once you have made the initial investment, there’s nothing to pay, only massive savings, year after year.
When looking to have solar power in your home, there are 3 main components to the system; 1) the solar panels – positioned on the roof to receive maximum sunlight. 2) Storage batteries that keep the energy until you need it, and 3) the inverters, which convert the energy into electricity. The number of panels required would very much depend on the size of the property, which is something the technician would calculate when he pays you a visit. There are always options; you could choose to be completely energy independent, or you could only partially use solar power, while still being connected to the national grid.
People who live in sunny Australia reap the biggest benefits from solar power, especially those who live on the West coast in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney. The federal government realise the eco benefits from switching to the clean and renewable energy of the sun and actually offer homeowners financial support when installing solar energy systems. The bottom line is that Brisbane homeowners save the most, up to 70% of their energy costs, which is over $2,000 per year, so you can understand why 30% of QLD homeowners have already installed a solar power system.