In a previous article, we mentioned how the solar power industry is no longer just a cottage industry serving only rural farming communities. The sudden surge in solar power systems owes its meteoric rise to more than just state-made policies. In fact, it’s the Australian consumer who has firmly called the shots in the ever-expanding role that solar energy continues to play in Australia’s energy sector.
Here are 4 reasons why Australian consumers have managed to lead the winning war against fossil fuels, and for solar power, in the nation.
1. Hip Hope: Solar Energy Delivers on Its Promises
Solar energy is the new massive; it’s ever-increasing popularity could even lead critics to suggest that solar power systems are only a fleeting trend on Australia’s energy map, meaning that it’s only a matter of time before we revert right back to the same old sources of fossil-fuelled energy. That would be true – if only conventional electricity sources weren’t rising at the rate they are every year. Take a look at this graph, for instance:
While the reasons for the yearly increase in solar power may be legitimate, it’s the average consumer who has to bear the brunt of rising prices every year. To paraphrase, nothing’s certain but death, taxes and higher electricity costs annually, it would seem.
Which just goes to show that switching to solar power may be a trend, but it’s well on it’s way to becoming a timeless classic, rather than the flavour of the season.
2. Lower Set Up and Maintenance Costs
Another hidden cost that is included in your electricity bill is the cost of the maintenance and upkeep of thousands of kilometres of wires and poles that help power the massive electricity grid that is currently running the country. Here’s a little known fact: 51 out of every 100 dollars you spent on electricity in 2012 went towards keeping those poles upright and those wires taut, all to deliver non-renewable, fossil-fuel burning electricity directly to your home.
As for the rest….
Compare that to the one-time cost and much lower rate of maintenance of a solar power system, which is unique to your home your business facility, and suffers much lower wear and tear than cables and poles. And, when it needs care, you only pay for your own system, not everyone else’s as well. Solar energy doesn’t seem quite so bad now, does it?
3. Cheaper Prices, Higher Quality
Solar energy systems and costs are going lower every day, thanks in part to government-funded subsidisation models which are aimed to encourage the spread and use of solar power systems across the country. Solar financing has made solar energy so much accessible to those who want to use it, and where government rebates aren’t enough, private companies step in to help fund your solar powered dreams.
4. More Information on Everything Solar
Gone are the days when a solar panelled roof would lead to craned necks of drivers speeding by in amazement at the unfamiliarity of plates of reflective glass powering entire homes. When solar power is the topic of dinner parties these days, it’s most often an informed and knowledgeable discussion or debate on its mostly-pros, and a few cons. That’s because there is so much well-written and expert information on the Internet, for free. Here for example, are some excellent links to start your research and solar energy education: