Australia and its Solar Energy

Australia is a country with more than 5000 megawatts of solar energy installed, as one of the sunniest continents in the world; we can’t question why solar energy is a fast growing industry in this country.

The amount of solar power installation in Australia dramatically increased in 2009 and 2011, and it quadrupled its number in between 2011 and 2016. One of the reasons in the rapid increase of solar energy in Australia is the Feed-in tariffs or Australia net metering and the mandatory renewable energy target designed to assist renewable energy commercialisation. In the South part of Australia, solar feed-in tariff was introduced for households and an educational program that involved installing PVs on the roofs of major public buildings such as the Adelaide Airport, State Parliament, Museum, Art Gallery and several hundred public schools.

Commercial Solar Power in Australia

To save money, one of the best thing to do in Australia is to switch in solar especially if you’re having a business. Commercial solar power systems are more affordable than ever in Australia, which is why a large (and growing) number of businesses with unshaded roof space and ample daytime electricity loads have gone or are going solar.

Top 3 Benefits of Commercial Solar Power:

Solar is Affordable

You read it right, since solar energy has dropped its price for 80% in just 5 years, commercial solar installation prices are at all-time lows in Australia, partially due to the federal government solar subsidies available through Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). For solar systems up to 100kW in capacity, the RET provides an up-front incentive in the form of Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). For systems larger than 100kW, the RET provides an ongoing incentive (until 2030) in the form of Large-scale Technology Certificates (LGCs).

Great Investment, Minimal Maintenance

Solar systems – unless they are perched on solar trackers – generally have no moving parts and require very little in the way of maintenance or inputs once they are installed and functioning.

Tax Benefits

ABN holders may be able to claim depreciation and GST credit on solar system energy yields.

Solar Power for Residents in Australia

A resident using solar energy in Australia is not anymore new, with so many solar distributors popping up giving residents the chance to switch to solar, Australia became the highest rate of household solar panel installation in the world, according to a report from the Energy Supply Association of Australia in 2015.

See Also: Australia 2017 solar feed in tariff update

Wholesale solar distributors hold an important role as they provide affordable and competitive prices for residents across Australia. Optimus Energy, a leading wholesale solar distributor in Australia gives a good example as they assist solar manufacturers to do business with professional & capable solar installers and also assists residents who’s in need to access solar technology that the more fortunate take almost for granted.

Installation rates are highest in South Australia and Queensland, and in some Brisbane and Adelaide suburbs more than half of all homes have solar panels. South Australia has 25 per cent of dwellings, which is the highest in the world, and Brisbane’s not far behind with 23 per cent, and then Perth and WA at 18 per cent.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency suggests that solar will provide 30 per cent of all demand by 2030 as its costs continue to fall, and the CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia recently said that distributed generation, mostly solar accompanied by battery storage, will meet nearly half of all demand by 2050. That does not include large scale solar.

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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