Solar Panels in Sunshine

When it comes to solar, the future is looking pretty damn sunny.

 As energy costs continue to rise, more and more people are turning to renewables as the solution. Large scale solar farms seem to keep popping up, and according to the Guardian, Australia’s solar power capacity is ‘set to almost double in a single year.’ We already know that in terms of rooftop solar installations, 2017 was a record year, and this January Aussies smashed the record again for amount of installations in a month.

As of 31 March 2018, there are over 1.84 million PV installations in Australia, with a combined capacity of over 7.8 gigawatts. Whether it’s a residential roof or a commercial level farm, experts say solar is only on the rise, with a huge boom predicted for this year.

This is contributed by the constantly dipping price of PV panel manufacturing and installation. Dollar per watt cost of commercial solar price is on a clear downward trend, with 2018 being the lowest thus far. This can be attributed to Australia’s competitive solar industry: a record breaking amount of solar farms were approved for NSW and QLD just late last year. In Queensland alone, over 30% of homes have solar!

‘We’ve turned the sunshine state into the solar state.’

– Mark Bailey, former energy minister of Queensland

 Commercial Solar Price Index

So what does this mean for you?

With rising electricity costs, more and more Australians are looking for ways to reduce their energy bills. And the Australian solar market is actually one of the most competitive on the planet! So if you’ve been thinking about getting solar, now’s the time to get on board. Even without government incentives, solar payback periods can be as short as just a few years if you’re armed with the right knowledge (and the right technology!). The solar industry isn’t going anywhere, and the sooner you start researching what solar system is right for you, the sooner you start saving!

 The time for solar is now!

 

‘The rates that households pay for energy from the grid continue to increase, meaning that every day without solar is a missed opportunity for savings. (Time to Take the Solar Leap, 2016)

 

Solar is cheaper than it’s ever been. And in our current electricity crisis, you don’t want to be waiting around, losing dollars before switching to renewables. Plus it’s good for both the planet and your pocket! You also have the possibility of going completely off the grid with solar and batteries, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about those rising energy prices again!

Panels at Sunset 

Where does carbonTRACK come in?

Our intelligent energy management technology helps you to get the most out of your solar, so that your payback period is shorter and your return on investment is quicker. With the carbonTRACK dashboard and corresponding app, you can see how much solar you’re producing 24/7. You can see and control your electricity (as well as your heating, cooling and appliances!) anytime, anywhere. This level of remote control and monitoring means you can use more solar during the day, and reduce what you use in the evening. That way, you’re maximizing your solar and reducing your bills! 

carbonTRACK’s monitoring capabiltiies also give you peace of mind. By having constant access to data, you can check whether your solar is working as well as it should be and know immediately if there’s a fault.

Is it time to make the solar leap? Find out more about how carbonTRACK works with solar here:

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