Solar panels in Sydney: All you need to know
Solar power in Sydney
|3kW Solar system:||12.0kWh|
|4kW Solar system:||16.0kWh|
|5kW Solar system:||20.0kWh|
|6.6kW Solar system:||26.4kWh|
|10kW Solar system:||40.0kWh|
Panel angleThe best angle to install your panels in Sydney is 33.9°, which is the same angle as the latitude of the city. If you have a flat roof, you will need to mount the panels on an angle so that they clean themselves when it rains. Otherwise, a roof pitch either side of 33.9° will still generate a decent amount of solar.
Panel orientationFor all locations in Australia, including Sydney, it is best to orient your panels to the north. If you have an east/west roof orientation, your solar panels can still generate good output, particularly if your consumption habits align with the morning and late afternoon periods when your panels are generating power.
Shading of panels in SydneyIt is best to install your panels to avoid any shading issues. If it is not possible to do so, microinverters and power optimisers can mitigate the effect of shading on your panels, though both solutions add to the cost of your solar system.
Solar panel prices in Sydney
Cheap solar in SydneyThe Sydney market is particularly competitive; many companies are selling cheap solar panels. We strongly recommend that you do not select your system based on price alone.
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NSW rebates and feed-in tariffs
Government solar rebateAll New South Wales residents can get a solar rebate when they buy solar panels, providing the installation is carried out by a CEC accredited installer. The federal rebate can reduce the cost of your solar panels by as much as $2,900 for a 5kW system. There is currently no state rebate on offer for New South Wales residents.
New South Wales feed-in tariffsNew South Wales feed-in tariffs vary by retailer. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Panel (IPART) has recommended that feed-in tariffs sit between 8.5 – 10.4c.
Solar payback and savings in Sydney
Sydney solar installers:How to find a good one
- Check the quality of the solar panels and inverter
- Ensure the installer is accredited by the Clean Energy Council
- Ensure the panels are approved by the CEC
- Compare the solar panel product warranty
- Does the installer offer a full system warranty?
- Is the installer a CEC approved solar retailer?
- Get solar quotes through a trusted source that does all this for you