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Why You Should Switch To Solar Panels

Solar panels are all about saving. Power costs, emissions and inconvenience can all be reduced by installing solar panels on your home or office and Sunstainable is passionate about making the switch.

As the trusted solar panel suppliers of Australia, we know our solar systems intimately and have seen first-hand the benefits that can be reaped by the technology. 

If the sound of saving money and emissions interests you, find out below just how this is possible with solar power. 

Save Money

Australia has the highest uptake of solar power per capita in the world, with more than 3 million solar PV systems installed across the country. Additionally, around 30% of Australian homes are clad with some sort of solar panels. 

This has enabled the price of installation to slowly decrease and it currently sits at around $3500 for a basic option. As more and more people turn to solar power for their homes and businesses, more efficient mass production will allow the cost to continue its decline. And while not everyone has $3500 to fork out on the spot, the cost savings come over the months and years following installation. 

By generating free electricity during daylight hours, solar panels can effectively earn their owners hundreds of dollars in reduced power bills. 

Some estimates put the payback period of standard solar panels at anywhere from 2 to 5 years depending on how much power you use. 

Not only that but if you don’t use all the power absorbed and converted by your panels, you can receive a feed-in tariff for exporting power back into the grid. 

This rate can differ based on your state and solar retailer, but it’s worth noting that the high end is around 14c/kWh while some retailers don’t offer a tariff at all. 

It may not seem like much, but this can easily amount to a few hundred dollars a year – and it all adds up!

And finally, several Australian states (ACT, QLD, VIC, SA) offer significant solar rebates to encourage their installation. The Australian Government also offers benefits through the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).

Save Emissions 

If the significant financial benefits of solar power aren’t enough to make the switch, the environmental benefits of these silicon-based sensations are far superior to traditional power sources. 

Research published by the United Nations has found that a PV system’s life-cycle carbon emissions are up to 32 grams per kilowatt-hour (g/kWh). In comparison, a gas-fired power plant emits about 400g/kWh and a coal-fired plant emits 200g/kWh (and that’s when complemented by carbon capture and storage technology!)

If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, it’s highly recommended that you consider the benefits of a solar power system. Not to mention that the post-installation emissions of solar panels is zero and they’re made to last for more than 25 years. 

Peace of Mind

You might find the decision-making process stressful, but you can rest easy knowing that solar panels provide you with convenience and reliability when access to power is patchy. 

If you include a battery storage system with your solar panels, you’ll be able to keep the power running all day and night in the event of a blackout. Your neighbours will be wondering how you could possibly be watching TV while they’re lighting candles around the house. 

If you do opt for a solar power system, you can also enjoy the satisfaction that the value of your home or business will increase significantly, and they’ll almost be paying for themselves.

Why Choose Sunstainable?

At Sunstainable, we love solar powered energy! Whether you need a solar system for your business, organisation or home, we provide options that can make all the difference to your bills and your life. Get in touch today!


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