Please don’t ring us about installing a solar hot water system. Why?
Read what we have to say about the far better return on investment (ROI) you’ll get from installing solar panels and using the clean energy you’ll create to power up your electric hot water service and everything else in your home!
Solar Hot Water vs Solar Panels Installation
If you arrived on this page you’ve probably been “sold” on the idea of getting a solar hot water system for your Gold Coast or Brisbane home.
After reading what we have to say you will reconsider “hooking up” your entire home with energy efficient solar panels and you will understand why solar hot water is a very BAD idea.
Solar Hot Water or Solar Panels (PhotoVoltaic)?
We say that Solar Hot Water is the worst energy efficiency savings today. How do we know? Consider these facts…
Solar Hot Water
A typical house will consume between $50.00 to $100.00 per quarter for their hot water needs. The cost to install a solar hot water system is between $3,500.00 and $7,000.00.
Doing basic mathematics on these figures will show a return on investment (ROI, time it will take to get back what you spent to install) will be 8.75year to a staggering 35 years.
Solar Panels: Powering Up The Whole Home
By installing solar PV (photovoltaic) solar panels and using a standard electric hot water tank that is hooked into the solar system the ROI will be between 2 and 3.3 years. While not only creating solar hot water but also run your entire home on solar energy.
Solar Panels Vs Solar Hot Water: Why Solar Hot Water Is A Bad Idea
Since 1960 solar hot water has been readily taken up and installed by Australians. With today’s solar PV systems the old solar hot water system is a thing of the past. The numbers speak for them selves. There are other issues with installing solar hot water. Leaking issues and over flow issues are at the most common. With other issues like sagging roof frames due to the weight of a full water tank mounted on the roof. Even with a ground mounted solar hot water system with the tank located on the ground and the heating elements mounted on the roof. This system requires an electric pump to pump the water to the elements causing more energy efficiency issues and longer ROI’s. Other issues are internal leaks within the roof cavity due to the amount of plumbing required to feed water to the solar hot water system and to the tap outlets within the home.
Solar Panel Installation and Government Rebates:
There are financial incentives for both solar PV solar systems and solar hot water. These rebates are a cash discount for installing either system. Solar PV solar systems have a significantly higher rebate than for solar hot water systems. The difference can be as much as a whopping $3,500.00.
You’d be much better off by taking advantage of the rebate to install a solar PV solar system. The rebate is paid for by power companies to offset their green energy quotas. The Kyoto Protocol targeted that, by the year 2020, Australia has to achieve 20% of power consumed by Australians will come from renewable energy production. The rebate will not be available forever and in the past years the rebate has been reduced at the end of each financial year. The last incentive left for homeowners to install solar PV solar systems is the rebate.
Solar Panels: Why They Are The Way To Go:
Solar PV solar systems will not only run your electrical items in your home like your TV, Lights, Fridge, hot water, you also get the fantastic benefit of feed-in tariffs. The solar feed-in tariff is what the solar PV solar system will send back to the grid. Energy power suppliers will buy the excess power that the system sends back to the grid. For an example, if a system produces 5kw per hour and the home is only consuming 2kw per hour then the system will send 3kw back to the grid per hour. The feed-in tariffs vary between the energy power suppliers and shopping around for the best deal is easy to do and beneficial.
Lightweight Solar Panels:
Solar PV solar systems also have other important key features. One of these is that the systems are mounted by using airplane grade very lightweight aluminium racking. The panels themselves are also lightweight compared to solar hot water. When mounting the solar PV solar system using the Australian standards specifications, the solar array will have a space of 100mm or 10cm of clearance between the roof structure and the back of the solar panel. This is not only designed to cool the solar panels with natural airflow but is also cools down the interior of the home as the solar panels act like a large umbrella of shade.
Solar Panels Add Value To Your Home
By installing solar PV solar system on your home you are adding value to the property just like the added value of installing a patio. There are financial industries now looking at including the savings that solar PV solar systems create for lending purposes regarding home loans etc. High quality solar panels have a life span of 25 years. When looking at the savings over a ten year term the savings are a staggering $60,000.00 plus.
Solar PV panels have been around for a long time. Only recent manufacturing techniques in the past ten years have increased the efficiency of solar panels and the manufacturing costs. Many leaders in the renewable energy sector have tried to find a better solar material to bring down the costs while bringing up the efficiency or maintaining the efficiency. Nothing has been found to be better than silicone solar cells.
The manufacturing cost is as low as it will ever be until a completely new solar system is discovered. This also means that the cost of good quality solar PV solar systems is as low as they can get today.
Let me show you how low the prices of solar systems are in Australia.
When the AUD fell below .80c, solar systems increased in price by up to $500.00 AUD. This shows that a retailer for solar panels could no longer carry the losses below .80c, which shows how tight the profit margins were and still are today.
Solar PV solar systems are at the best price and will only increase if the AUD drops further.
Australia is one of the best countries for solar power.
Solar radiation maps show a global colour map from the least amount to the highest solar radiation. The colour red for the highest and the colour blue for the lowest readings. Europe, America, South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia have waves of both the blue and red radiation bands where as the entire Australian continent has no blue and is covered in the highest colour red. *** What chart are you referring to?
Although this is the case, the uptake of solar power was a very slow process compared to how other countries embraced the installation of solar PV solar systems. In many countries new homes are being built with solar panels as part of the structure of the roof and without the use of racking. In the past 3 years Australia has seemed to change its perception regarding solar systems and the uptake has increased to support the renewable energy sector in a move to be more energy conscious and understand more about the benefits and huge savings that can be achieved by installing quality solar systems.
Solar PV solar system or a Solar Hot Water System?
In every circumstance I recommend installing solar PV solar system with an electric hot water tank hooked into the solar system. The only time solar hot water should be installed is when the location is the issue or if the homeowner has disposable cash and has the mindset that they would like both a solar PV solar system and a solar hot water system as well.
Conclusion: Solar Panels Are The Way To Go
Solar PV solar systems are the most effective way to reduce or get rid of ongoing energy bills and will protect home owners from yearly price increase to power tariff charges by the suppliers. Over the last 10 years prices per kilowatt have increase every year by 9.3%.
Solar PV solar systems are the solution to 99.9% of Australian Homes.