Are Solar Panels Worth It in Brisbane? Most common questions answered.

Are Solar Panels Worth It in Brisbane? Most common questions answered.

Are Solar Panels Worth It?

As a Brisbane solar installer, I understand that many homeowners have questions and concerns about installing solar panels. Here are some of the most common concerns addressed:

Is it a Worthwhile Investment?

A return on investment on an average solar system is between 3 to 4 years, making it a return of between 25% and 33%. Better than the real estate market or money in the bank. Solar panels are an excellent investment for homeowners in Brisbane due to several factors. Brisbane has abundant sunshine, with over 2,800 hours of sunshine per year on average, making it an ideal location for harnessing solar power, and one of the sunniest cities in the world. With a tightening economy and investment opportunities shrinking the best returns are currently by installing solar panels on your roof.

Government incentives and rebates, such as the Solar Bonus Scheme offered by the Australian government, provide additional financial benefits, making solar panels a worthwhile long-term investment.

Cost Savings and Returns

A well-designed solar system can significantly reduce electricity bills, with many homeowners reporting savings of 70% or more on their energy costs.

While the upfront investment in solar panels can be substantial, the long-term returns make it a smart financial decision for many Brisbane households. We also offer finance where the repayments can be close to the savings of the system, giving you a neutral cash flow

Environmental Sustainability

Solar panels offer a more sustainable energy source, reducing reliance on traditional electricity generated from non-renewable sources from our aging coal generators. Producing energy on your roof and consuming it “behind the meter” is the most environmental option for energy use. 

Installation and Maintenance

Concerns about the installation process, maintenance, and durability of solar panels are common. Our experienced  Solar Accredited professional installers ensure a seamless installation process and focus on quality installations. We use premium materials and will never cut corners. 

We will monitor your system, and if we see any issues will talk with you and ensure everything is working as it should be. We offer comprehensive after sales maintenance to ensure the longevity and efficiency of the solar system.

Is Solar a Hoax?

One common concern I've heard about solar power is whether it is truly an effective and reliable energy source, or if it is just a hoax perpetrated by the renewable energy industry. I can confidently say that solar power is a legitimate and increasingly affordable technology that can provide significant benefits to homeowners in Brisbane.

The science behind solar power is well-established, with photovoltaic cells converting sunlight into electrical energy in a process that is both efficient and environmentally friendly. Solar panels have been in use for decades, with continuous improvements in their performance and affordability. Reputable solar companies use high-quality, proven components and adhere to strict safety and quality standards.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of solar power around the world, including in countries with similar climates to Brisbane, is a testament to its effectiveness as an energy solution. Solar power is now a mainstream technology, with governments and utilities actively promoting its use to reduce carbon emissions and meet renewable energy targets.

How Long Do Solar Panels Last? Do Solar Panels Need Maintenance?

One of the key considerations when investing in solar panels is their lifespan and maintenance requirements. Based on my experience, a well-installed and well-maintained solar system can last for 25 to 30 years or more, with the panels themselves often retaining 80% or more of their original efficiency after two decades of use.

Regarding maintenance, solar panels generally require very little upkeep. They have no moving parts and are designed to withstand the elements, including heavy rain, hail, and strong winds. The main maintenance tasks involve:

  1. Occasional cleaning to remove dust and debris from the panel surfaces, which can be done with a garden hose or a soft-bristled brush.
  2. Checking the electrical connections and inverter to ensure they are functioning correctly.
  3. Monitoring the system's performance to identify any potential issues or degradation.

We offer maintenance plans if required and can complete any necessary repairs, making it easy for homeowners to keep their systems in top condition. With proper care, solar panels can provide reliable, low-maintenance power for decades.

Is There a Downside to Solar Panels?

While the benefits of solar power are numerous, it's important to also consider the potential downsides. One of the main drawbacks is the upfront cost of installing a solar system, which can range from $4,000 to $15,000 or more if including a battery. Prices depend on the size of the system, the difficulty of the installation and the specific components used.

However, it's important to note that this initial investment can be offset by long-term savings on electricity bills, as well as government incentives and rebates. We offer financing options, such as loans or leasing arrangements, to help make the upfront cost more manageable.

Another potential downside is the reliance on sunny weather to generate electricity. We are blessed in Brisbane with abundant sunshine, there may be periods of cloudy or rainy weather that can temporarily reduce the system's output. To mitigate this, it's important to size the solar system appropriately and consider adding battery storage to your setup.

Finally, some homeowners may have concerns about the visual impact of solar panels on their property. While modern solar panels are designed to be as discreet as possible, they can still be a noticeable addition to a home's rooftop. However, many people find that the environmental and financial benefits of solar power outweigh any aesthetic concerns. The new mounting system has black hardware, to match the panel’s black frames, making the look from the road seamless.

Can You Run Air Conditioning Off Solar Panels? How Many Do You Need?

One of the most common questions I had about solar power was whether it could effectively power air conditioning systems, which are a significant energy draw in Brisbane's hot and humid climate. The good news is that yes, you can indeed run air conditioning off solar panels, but the size of the solar system required will depend on the specific cooling needs of your home.

To ensure your solar system can handle the demands of air conditioning, it's important we discuss your energy usage so we can assess your specific energy needs and design a system that meets your requirements.  We will recommend the optimal number of solar panels and other components, such as inverters and batteries, to ensure your home stays cool and comfortable while maximising the benefits of solar power.

How Much Money Will I Save If I Install Solar Panels?

One of the primary drivers for many homeowners in Brisbane to install solar panels is the potential for significant cost savings on their electricity bills. Based on my research, the amount of money you can save will depend on several factors, including the size of your solar system, your home's energy consumption, and the cost of electricity in your area. The more energy is consumed during the day the more you save. The aim is to consume as much as possible of solar-produced energy, which allows less power purchased from the grid.

On average, Brisbane homeowners with a well-designed solar system can expect to save between 60% to 80% on their electricity bills. This can translate to thousands of dollars in annual savings, depending on the size of your home and your energy usage.

To give you a more concrete example, let's say your current annual electricity bill is around $2,000. With a 5 kW solar system, you could potentially save $1,000 to $1,500 per year on your electricity costs. Over the 25-30 year lifespan of the solar panels, that could result in total savings of $25,000 to $45,000 or more.

Of course, the upfront cost of the solar system will need to be factored in, but with the available government incentives and the long-term cost savings, the return on investment can be quite substantial. Many homeowners find that the solar panels pay for themselves within 3 to 5 years, after which they continue to enjoy the benefits of free, renewable energy for the remainder of the system's lifespan.

Should I Leave My Solar Panels On All the Time?

Solar panels are designed to generate electricity whenever there is sunlight, and the more consistent the operation, the more efficient the system will be. Turning the panels off or disconnecting them from the grid can reduce their overall performance and lifespan, as the panels may become less responsive to changes in sunlight and temperature.

Additionally, when your solar panels are generating more electricity than your home is using, the excess power is fed back into the grid, and you'll receive a credit on your electricity bill through the feed-in tariff program. This allows you to offset your energy costs even when you're not actively using the electricity in your home.

In general, it's best to keep your panels running and connected to the grid to ensure you're getting the most value from your solar investment.

Which Brand of Solar Panels is the Best? Who is the Best Solar Panel Company in Aus?

When it comes to selecting the best solar panels and solar companies in Australia, there are a few factors to consider. Firstly, it's important to choose a reputable and established brand that is known for producing high-quality, durable solar panels. We have been in the industry since 2009 and have built relationships with manufacturers that have been consistent in a very good supply chain, excellent after-sale service, streamlined processes and are good to deal with if ever there are issues.  We have access to all brands of panels but these are our top three based on the lifecycle of the panels.

Our top three solar panel brands in Australia are:

  1. JA Solar: JA trusted and reliable player in the solar panels industry, with a strong track record of customer satisfaction and quality products.
  2. Aiko: A new entrant in the Australian market, is set to emerge as a market leader due to its technological advancements, particularly in the placement of bus bars at the rear of the cell, resulting in increased cell efficiency and shade tolerance, making it a worthwhile investment for shaded roofs. Third largest solar cell manufacturer in the world.
  3. REC Solar: Norwegian-founded company with manufacturing in Singapore. Offers market-leading warranties and exceptional customer service.

In addition to the panel brand, it's also crucial to choose a solar installation company with a proven track record of quality workmanship, customer service, and after-sales support.

At UV Power, although biasedly, we believe we are one of the top solar suppliers and installers in Australia with over 15 years of experience and installing over 4000 solar systems across the East coast, but mostly in Queensland. We're all about empowering our customers to control their energy output. As well as conducting Solar Health Checks, we have also expanded our product range from solar panels and inverters to include solar batteries and EV Chargers.

When selecting a solar panel brand and installation company, it's important to do your research, read reviews, and compare quotes to ensure you're getting the best value for your investment. A quality solar system, installed by a trusted and experienced provider, can provide you with reliable, long-term energy savings for your Brisbane home.

Which Solar System is Best for a Home in Australia?

When it comes to choosing the best solar system for a home in Australia, there are several factors to consider, including the size of your home, your energy consumption, and your budget. Solar is a long-term investment, so we recommend you focus on the long-term benefits rather than the short-term focus on the cheapest price. With technological advancements in renewable energy and the sharp drop in the price of batteries and EVs, we recommend the following.  Avoid buying a standard inverter, and invest in a battery-ready hybrid inverter. This will save you thousands of dollars and give you an efficient movement of energy between a battery and your home at night.

Hybrid Solar System: A hybrid solar system combines solar panels with a battery storage system, allowing you to store excess solar energy for use during times of low sunlight or high energy demand. This can be especially beneficial in areas like Brisbane, where air conditioning can be a significant energy draw.

  1. Grid-Connected Solar System: A grid-connected solar system is one that is tied to the local electricity grid, allowing you to draw power from the grid when needed and feed excess solar energy back into the grid for a credit on your electricity bill. This is a common and cost-effective solar solution for many Australian homes.
  2. Off-Grid Solar System: For homes in more remote or isolated areas, an off-grid solar system that is not connected to the main electricity grid may be the best option. These systems are designed to be self-sufficient, with solar panels, batteries, and backup generators to provide reliable, independent power.

Regardless of the specific solar system configuration, it's important to assess your energy needs, the size and orientation of your roof, and your budget to recommend the most suitable solar solution for your Brisbane home. We will advise on the optimal number of solar panels, the right battery storage capacity, and any additional components required to ensure your solar system is both efficient and cost-effective. Doing things properly in the planning stages will give you the best long-term benefits for your system.  

Good planning is essential. Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, and we advise you to add the potential for an EV upgrade into your solar system. On average, for every 100 km travelled in an EV you need 15kWh of energy. If you add your driving kilometres into the planning of your solar for a little increase in capacity, you can save thousands on fuel bills and your house and car become one energy entity. Before choosing your system size and component, we recommend discussing with us to ensure that all options are planned for. This discussion can save you thousands by ensuring you instal the correct materials for long-term benefits.

What is Better Than Solar Panels?

As I've explained the benefits of solar power for Brisbane homes, in my years of experience I've kept up to date with emerging technologies and also considered whether there are any alternatives that might be even better than traditional solar panels. I've come to the conclusion that, currently for most residential homes, solar panels remain the most practical and cost-effective renewable energy solution.

That said, there are a few emerging technologies that are worth considering as potential complements or alternatives to solar panels:

  1. Solar Tiles: These are solar cells integrated directly into roof tiles, providing a more seamless and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional solar panels. Solar tiles can be a good option for homes with challenging roof configurations or those seeking a more discreet renewable energy solution. The price of solar tiles is high as they are not mass-produced like solar panels. We have installed a solar tile system in Brisbane, and the results are excellent. 
  2. Wind Turbines: Small-scale wind turbines can be a viable option for homes in particularly windy areas, providing an additional source of renewable electricity. However, their effectiveness can be limited in urban or suburban settings, and they may face more regulatory hurdles than solar panels.
  3. Geothermal Systems: Geothermal heat pumps use the constant temperature of the earth's subsurface to provide heating and cooling for a home. While highly efficient, geothermal systems can be more expensive to install than solar panels, and their feasibility may be limited by the local geology.

Ultimately, for most Brisbane homeowners, solar panels remain the best choice for generating renewable energy and reducing electricity costs. The combination of abundant sunshine, government incentives, and the proven reliability and affordability of solar technology make it a clear front-runner in the renewable energy landscape.

Call us on 1300 887 140 or text us at 0483939073 for an obligation-free quote to install solar and start reducing your power bills with energy from the sun.

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