Queensland’s Solar Approach

The Queensland government has set a target of reaching 1 million rooftops with solar in Queensland by 2020 – that’s only just over two years away! This target is designed to help lower electricity costs for families and businesses while creating more jobs across the state and ultimately protecting the environment.

How is the government planning on doing this? Various changes will be made to the Queensland regional feed-in-tariff and the arrangements in South East Queensland. Introduction of the T-FiT: Solar prices have been reviewed and made fairer by the introduction of a time varying feed-in tariff (T-FiT) across regional Queensland.

Eligibility expanded for the regional feed-in-tariff: Eligibility has been expanded in order to now allow for up to 30 kilowatts in size.

Feed-In Tariffs in South East Queensland will now be monitored: while existing arrangements will remain the same, these will now be monitored more closely to ensure offers are remaining fair for customers.

With the Queensland election looming at the front of everyone’s mind, we’ve stopped to consider some of the discussions.

The Queensland premier has made a pre-election offer with no-interest loans for solar and rebates of up to $2000 for batteries with a cost-of-living campaign. She has also vowed to cut $50 from electricity bills and announced Queenslanders will be able to apply for a rebate of $300 to purchase energy efficient appliances.

Solar Citizens is pushing for parties to commit to setting a renewable energy target for Queensland and to build solar and wind farms rather than focus on coal-fired power stations while providing better incentives for residents to switch to solar.

The Australian Conservation Foundation is also urging Queensland to “embrace a clean energy future” supporting commitments to investment in solar and battery. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

However, with Origin Energy’s Solar Flex, you don’t need any loan whatsoever. You can start generating solar power for your home or businesses for $0.00 upfront* with no ongoing maintenance costs.

Did you know that over a million and a half homes in Australia are already enjoying the many benefits solar power has to offer? You can get involved today.

Make the switch today and start saving – contact us on 1300 467 262.

 

*You may incur other costs in order for your property to be solar ready (such as electrical works, cabling or roof repairs) and for meter upgrade or changeover.
^Solar energy rate is subject to change for CPI annually and change in law.

How are Australians Coping with Their Energy Prices?

According to the National Electricity Market, household energy bills in Australia increased 61% on average between 2008 and 2014. So, it’s not surprising that Energy prices are in the top 3 worries for Metro Australians and top 5 on the list for Regional Australians. With Australia being such a large country, expenses required to maintain power infrastructure are high.

Energy availability and pricing in South Australia and Queensland, impact worry the most; the two states are leading the way with solar installation, likely due to their higher electricity price. Not all bills are equal when it comes to energy prices. In fact, the gap between the lowest paying state (ACT) and the highest paying state (SA) was $1,100 in 2015. South Australians now pay about $2,500 per year for electricity, making them the state paying the largest energy bills

Almost universally, rising energy prices have had an impact on households in both metro and regional Australia. However, it’s the regional areas that seem to have been affected the most. In fact, 41% of Regional Australians say that the rising cost of energy prices have had a major impact on their household, compared with 31% of Metro households.

Australia has a Renewable Energy Target to ensure that at least 33,00 Gigawatt-hour (GWh) of Australia’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020. It is hoped that this will be achieved through large and small scale renewable energy systems. Consumer prices however, are expected to increase in most parts of the country over the next two years.

This will mean Australian households will continue to feel the pinch. In or order to avoid these price increases, you may have to take matters into your own hands. Retail solar energy is a possible solution to alleviate household energy costs. According to available data, Australia does likely have the highest proportion of households with PV systems on their roof of any country in the world, and installations are continuing to surge. In, fact March 2017 saw the largest numbers of installations in almost 5 years, as Australians recognise that installing home solar panels are a great way to beat rising energy prices.

With our Solar Flex service for residences and businesses, solar panels are installed for $0 upfront and the energy savings start right away.

Queensland’s Solar is on the Rise

The Queensland Solar energy sector is growing, and the government have set a target and a promise to continue for it to grow. This is a great act by the government as solar energy brings along many benefits including the creation of more jobs and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Queensland government have set a target of one million rooftops with solar by 2020 and have included a promise to introduce key initiatives to continue growth. This is great news for many families and businesses, as solar energy also helps reduce electricity costs in the long-run.

To achieve this target by 2020 the government have introduced some key initiatives including:

  • A fair price for solar
  •  Queensland’s statutory voltage limit review
  • Advancing Clean Energy Schools program
  • Solar for public housing trial
  • Supporting up to 150 megawatts of solar generation to encourage
  • large-scale solar generation and investment in Queensland.

Queensland already has the highest number of installations in Australia, and with these initiatives it will allow this number to continue to grow. The initiatives will help businesses, community buildings, and large commercial/industry sites.

Battery storage systems are the way of the future. It certainly won’t be a long wait until Queensland families and businesses will be available to the option to install these battery storage systems to capture and use excess solar power. Families and businesses can reap further benefits from solar power as the battery storage essentially means you can generate solar power during the day and then store it for use at night, or for when you need back-up power during extreme weather events.

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Start Saving with Solar

START SAVING WITH SOLAR

As a miner Adrian Hogue spends three weeks a month away from his home in Kirwan, Queensland. The time apart from his wife and 16-year-old daughter is tough – but it’s even tougher when the energy bills come in. Despite having only two people in the house most of the time, the family’s energy bills could be anywhere between $1,800 and $2,500 every quarter.

That’s because when Adrian is hard at work, so is the family’s huge range of appliances – including three refrigerators, a freezer, five TVs and three computers.

SWITCHING TO SOLAR

After seeing an ad for our Solar as a Service in the paper, Adrian contacted one of our local solar installers. Horan & Bird put together a personalised quote for him, and visited Adrian at home to chat through the different contract options and the rates available with each one.

“ … The offer was a great fit,
so that made it easier too”

They explained to Adrian that Solar as a Service allows his house to get the benefits of solar without having to buy a solar system*. For Adrian, it couldn’t have come at a better time. “I’d been thinking about solar for years – and it was time to take the next step. The offer was a great fit, so that made it easier too,” he said.

HOW WE WENT ABOUT IT

Horan and Bird dealt directly with Ergon Energy to get his network application started. Once they were ready to go, they installed a 5.2kW system at Adrian’s home earlier this year. Amazingly, it was all done in one day. “ The whole process felt really simple and efficient,” Adrian said. “The installers were tidy, professional and polite – and my main contact was very thorough, keeping me updated with all the nuts and bolts.”

NINE MONTHS LATER

Adrian’s been enjoying the benefits of solar since January 2016. He’s seen a decrease in his bills – despite the fact that the family are still running all their appliances. “ After going solar our first combined bills were $1,300, and our bills have been going down ever since. Our last quarterly bills were around $700 in total, which is amazing! The only regret I have is not switching to solar earlier,” Adrian said. “After being in the mining industry for 40 years, it’s nice to be doing my bit for the environment too – no matter how small.”

“ … The only regret I have is not
switching to solar earlier”

READY TO SWITCH?

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