Our sunburnt country is the perfect place for solar power and there are many benefits of ‘going solar’.
Better for the environment
Solar electricity is one way to power your home or business that benefits the environment. There are no direct greenhouse gas emissions because the electricity is made from sunlight rather than burning fossil fuels.
Sunlight is a renewable energy source, meaning we will never run out of it. Coal and gas are fossil fuels and will eventually run out. And in our sunny state there’s plenty of sunshine all year round.
You should see a saving on your electricity bill, because you will be using power from your solar panels during the day rather than just from the electricity grid.
If you install a battery with your solar PV system, you can store your solar power not used during the day to use later. This should cut your electricity bill even further.
Give your property more appeal
Solar power is in great demand and around one in four homes already has it in regional Queensland. If you decide to sell or rent out your home or business premises, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system is a popular feature and may add market value.
Can be connected to the electricity grid
Once you have our approval1 and your solar PV system is connected to the grid, you may have the option of exporting and selling your unused solar power back to your electricity retailer2.
If you have any issues with your system, you have the security of the grid as a back-up to keep a safe and reliable power supply to your premises.
Grid-connected solar PV systems are generally very low maintenance. With occasional cleaning and a regular health-check by a licensed electrical contractor, solar panels should last around 25 years. It is likely the inverter will need to be replaced at least once in that time.
The Australian Government offers financial incentives through the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, where you are issued with tradable certificates for eligible solar PV systems. The Queensland Government’s regional feed-in tariff pays eligible customers for electricity generated and exported to the grid from their solar PV system.
You must first seek approval from us to connect your solar PV system to our electricity network. We will complete a technical assessment (if necessary) of your application and then make a connection offer to you. This offer may include an exporting or non-exporting option for your system.
If your solar PV system connection is eligible for the regional feed-in tariff, your electricity retailer may be required to pay you the mandated solar feed-in tariff rate for the electricity that you export (or ‘feed-in’) to the power grid. Contact your electricity retailer to find out more.