How To Choose The Right Sized Solar Power System

If you have decided to join the thousands of other Australians who are taking advantage of the long-term financial and environmental benefits of a solar power system, your next step is deciding just what size solar system will satisfy your needs. In this blog we look at some of the factors you need to consider.

The size you choose will vary greatly between individual households or commercial properties and there are factors you need to consider when determining which will be most beneficial to you. An exact calculation accounting for a comprehensive list of variables, requires professional advice, but some general information is still useful and will help you gauge an appropriate solar power system size.

After many years installing solar panels for many thousands of satisfied clients, SolarBright will provide you with the very best advice and a system of the highest quality. Whether you want a 3kW solar system for a small household or a commercial system in excess of 100kW, we will satisfy all your solar needs.

Roof Size

In order to harness the power of the sun, you first need to capture it and your rooftop is the best location for this. The dimensions of your roof will help you determine how many panels can be installed and how much power can be generated. Keep in mind that not all areas of your roof will be appropriate for solar panels. Any south facing sections of rooftop for example, will not receive enough sunlight to offer efficient solar power. Most homes, however, have ample space.

To help plan the right sized system for you and to make sure it will fit, SolarBright uses satellite solar mapping software. We map the panels directly on your roof and produce a report for you to estimate the annual power output of your system and the estimated yearly savings from the solar system.

Electricity Bill

The details of your electricity bill can be very illuminating when determining your energy needs and the most appropriate system for your house. Most energy providers include a graph of your electricity usage over a day, month or year on your bill. An average Australian household uses somewhere in the vicinity of 12 to 18 kWh (kilowatt hours) a day. Most of Australia’s main urban centres produce around 4kWh per 1kW of installed solar each day. If you divide the daily energy consumption of your house by the solar kilowatts per day, you can gauge the size of an appropriate solar power system.

For example, if you use 20kWh a day, you divide it by 4, which is 5. This means that a 5kW solar system would generate roughly the same amount of electricity that you use, resulting in a significant reduction in ‘on the grid’ consumption. For couples or those living alone, a 3kW solar system may be large enough to make substantial savings on your bills.

This is just a general guide and the optimal solar power system for your home is unique to your situation. Your best option is to give the team at Solar Bright a call and let us offer our expert advice.

Power Bills Doubling

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has turned the world upside down and some impacts of coronavirus are still coming to light. One of the latest developments are families are seeing their power bills double.

With unprecedented numbers of Australians working from home, cooking more meals, and not going on holidays, household energy usage across the country has more than doubled. In fact, since stay-at-home restrictions began in March, energy bills have shot up by 105% on average.

According to Domain, “in March 2019, the average household used 513kWh of power across the month, or 16.5kWh per day, which shot up to 1052kWh in March this year as lockdown measures were implemented around the country. It rose again in April with an average use of 1094kWh over the month, or 36.4kWh a day. As a result, the quarterly average bill of $406.75 is expected to rise to over $800, with those who routinely have much higher bills facing at least a doubling too.”

Household Power Use Has Doubled in March 2020 Compared to 2019.

Now, as families receive their power bills from the past several months in lockdown, many are facing bill shock as they learn that they owe double the usual amount to their energy providers. And unfortunately, these exorbitant energy costs may stick around for some time, since some coronavirus restrictions will be here to stay for an unknown period of time. These increases are particularly troubling for individuals and families who are already facing tough economic times as a result of COVID-19.

The painful truth is that there isn’t much you can do to lower a pricey energy bill that you’ve already racked up. But the good news is that you can make changes at home to reduce your future energy costs. In particular, switching to solar power is a smart and affordable way to lower your electricity bills and reduce energy usage.

Many Australians are recognising the advantages that come with solar power, including cost savings and environmental benefits. As a result, more households are investing in solar panels, skylights and solar hot water systems. In fact, more than 2 million households across the country use solar panels at home, a number that is increasing each day — and it’s easy to understand why.

A typical 6.6kW solar system with pay for itself in about 2 and a half years.

Once installed, solar pays for itself. For instance, if you were to add a 6.6kW solar system to your home and used 65% of the power it generate and exported the rest back to the grid, you would recover the initial costs in about 2 and half years. With electricity costs at record highs in Australia, a solar system is a savvy investment that will pay off soon after installation and put money in your pocket for many years

It’s clear that now is the right time to protect your family with an investment in solar power. SolarBright is an Australian-owned family business and CEC Approved Solar Retailer that offers affordable and efficient solar solutions to help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy bills. We will work with you to create a solar power system that is right for your home and suits your budget.

We are one of the largest solar panel and solar battery -installers in Sydney, with operations extending through regional New South Wales as well. To learn more about SolarBright products or arrange for a free consultation, call us today on 1300 852 622 or submit your information on our website.