On any given day, Australia’s sun exposure per square km of land is comparable to some of the sunniest places on Earth. If you’re lucky enough to be living in and around Melbourne, for instance, solar energy and the benefits it has both for the environment and for your wallet should be enough of a reason to invest in a great solar power system that will meet your energy needs without burning a hole in your pocket.
Here’s quick reference guide of where to look and what to do to get started when it comes to making the move to solar power.
The Sun and Victoria: BFFs Forever
The Climate Commission— one of the principal bodies in Australia that advocated renewable and clean energy sources up to September 2013— has stated that Victoria is one of the leading states in terms of solar power systems installations and usage.
Take for instance this comparison graphic of solar power usage in Australia:
…. And compare it with this graphic from the same report:
While Victoria’s solar power trends when compared with the rest of the country look good, they are even more impressive when the state’s solar power use is divided by postal code. Even though the percentage of households with solar power systems installed is a little below the national average in Victoria – coming in at around 5.7%, these figures are for use of solar energy for various purposes. From the graphic above, it seems that Victoria’s solar power preference lies in using solar power for hot water systems, where the top three postal codes are all from sunshiny Melbourne!
Solar Schemes: Solar Credits, Solar Feed-In Tariffs and Solar Rebates
Victoria’s government has been taking solar power as a source of clean energy very seriously. Their approach is multi-pronged, and begins by giving you, the solar-interested consumer, the right information to plan for a solar systems installation in your home or business space.
In terms of concessions, the State Government of Victoria offers the following schemes:
- Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES): The Government’s scheme for small businesses, homes and other small-sized solar users is particularly useful when you’re just starting out and need to know things like the capacity of your solar power system, and what you can expect from it in terms of payback from the Government. In general, the State Government expects the payback period to be less than 3 years with the proper installation and modest use of solar power. Considering that most homes and small businesses will likely be on a hybrid combination of power (solar-wind, solar-electricity, etc.), this shouldn’t be a problem, we think.
- Feed-In Tariffs: A fabulous way to make some money while helping the planet is to install a solar power system that can make more electricity than you will use. The remainder of the solar powered electricity gets exported back into the grid, and voilà! You’re entitled to receive a credit or cash return for the electricity you export back into the traditional electricity grid.
Here’s a list of feed-in tariff schemes available in Victoria, complete with information on how to apply to them.
As far as the City of Melbourne goes, it echoes the state’s schemes, has a great list of solar power resources on its website, and takes part in solar power rebate schemes like Switch On, which not only illuminate the consumer on the actual rising cost of electricity, but also provide help with switching to energy alternatives like solar power.
Finding Installers by Municipality
Victoria currently boasts a list of 1435 accredited solar power installers, with about 1043 of those being located in and around Melbourne itself. Of course, the Green Power Co. is one of them, so rest assured, we’re quite confident we’ll be able to meet all your Solar Power needs with both your – and the State Government’s-approval.
And while you’re looking for your phone to contact us, here’s the Clean Energy Council’s Consumer Guide on finding the best solar power system and installer for you. We’re pretty sure we check all the boxes!