25% of Australian households switched to home solar panels
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:25 July 2017
More and more Australian households discover the benefits of home solar panels. Here’s why it could be your next smart investment.
The decision to go solar may be planned like what a family in Adelaide did. Or, it could be accidental such as what happened in Esperance. Fact is, many are still undecided in getting a system fitted. This is true though home solar panels have been around for a long time.
Well, it’s reasonable to take your time to think. Good quality solar panels don’t exactly come cheap. However, you may want to speed things up a bit. With recent reports revealing that trend leans towards solar panel use, now may be the best time to switch.
Strong solar energy take-up
Home solar photovoltaic panels now powers nearly one in four households in Australia. Roy Morgan Research claims this in their March 2017 survey. Report showed that 32.8% of these solar-powered homes is in South Australia, 30.2 % in Queensland, and 26.6% in Western Australia. The data are consistent with the May 2017 SunWiz findings which showed dramatic increase in sun-powered rooftops.
The report, however, showed that the biggest states like New South Wales and Victoria are yet to catch up. Only a small percentage is said to purchase or replace panels in the next 12 months, too. But despite these bumps, the solar boom is undeniable.
This is not surprising considering sunshine is not scarce in Australia. In Perth and Sydney, you can expect to see the sun for at least seven hours a day. During summer, people get to enjoy sunshine up to eleven hours. Even in a cooler city like Melbourne, it’s still possible to enjoy five hours of sunshine daily. Australia’s balmy weather simply makes it an easy front runner in terms of solar panel use for homes and businesses.
Why switch to home solar panels
Most households and businesses attribute the switch to rise of electricity prices and fall of panel costs. Energy bills continue to surprise home and business owners. But, home solar panels have become more affordable as technology and production improved. The increase in number of accredited installers also made solar panel installation costs lower. Today, with the right contractor, getting solar panels fit in your home is a painless process.
The desire to reduce carbon footprint remains a driving force in solar panel use in Australia. Environmental awareness drives individuals to go for clean energy. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility, on the other hand, prompt organisations to use renewable resource. Finally, surplus electricity from solar panels is generously paid when pumped into the grid system. With such benefits, it is easy to see why solar energy gets the nod in Australia.