Grid Connect Solar Power Systems
The Government has recently announced changes to the Solar
Credits multiplier, bringing it down to a four by multiplier
on any systems not installed by 1 July 2011. This will see
a rebate reduction of up to $1,200.00 on systems not installed
by then. You can save thousands of dollars
on off grid and grid connect wind and solar power installations
if you qualify for one of the Australian Government's
renewable energy rebates. Consumers and businesses
alike are now eligible under the Solar Credits scheme.
A Grid Connected Solar Power System is
a solar system designed for homes and small commercial buildings
which are connected to the electricity network (grid). It
provides a way for you to produce your own power for your
own consumption and thereby reduce your electricity
bill. A solar powered grid connect system generates
100% clean electricity via solar panels located on your
roof, which can be consumed in the household or fed back
into the mains electricity grid.
HOW A GRID CONNECT SYSTEM WORKS
the sun shines, the solar cells generate electricity. The
grid connect inverter converts the DC electricity produced
by the solar panels into 240V AC electricity. The AC electricity
is then used to power appliances that are in operation during
the day, such as dishwashers, washing machines, computers
and other electrical equipment.
If you are using less power than your system
is generating, the excess is passed through a meter (which
records the amount as a credit) and fed into the electricity
grid for others to use. If you are using more power than
your system can supply, you draw power from the grid as
Roof mounting frame
Installation and commissioning
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE SYSTEM
Factors to consider in choosing the size of your grid
connect system are:-
• How much power do you use?
• How much are you prepared to spend?
• How much space do you have on your roof, carport
or shed nearby?
• If you cannot afford to purchase the full size system
that you would ultimately prefer we can install a larger
inverter to allow extra panels to be installed at a later
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Prices effective April, 2011. Installation cost is based
on a single storey, north facing tin roof house in Far North
QLD. Tiled roof, extra storeys & distance may be subject
to additional costs. Please request a
formal quote as required. Prices include freight and
RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES
A renewable energy
certificate (REC) is a commodity in the REC market.
RECs are created by eligible parties and sold to liable
parties via the REC Registry to meet their liability under
You are entitled to create them when purchasing solar panels,
wind turbines, solar hot water services and hydro. The Australian
government has launched The Solar Credits program which
is based on the Renewable Energy Certificate system, but
with a certificate multiplier incentive offering up to 5x
the usual number of RECs issued for solar power systems
up to 1.5kW.
After installing your system, you have essentially price-fixed
a major part of your energy consumption for at least 25
years. Regardless of price increases from your power authority,
your solar power will continue to be free year after year.
When you install a 1500 watt grid feed solar system you
will generate enough power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
by 3.5 tonnes a year - every year for at least 25 years.
That's nearly 100 tonnes less greenhouse gas during the
life of your system.
Calculate your estimated annual cost savings by using the
price per unit (kW/hr) on your last electricity bill and
multiplying it by the Avg yearly output of each size system.