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It’s Time to Bust Some Myths about Solar

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It’s Time to Bust Some Myths about Solar
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Myth #1: Australia is not ready for solar.

Actually, it is.

2017 was a record-breaking year for solar in Australia. Installations of solar panels were up by a whopping 17% capacity-wise in 2017 compared to 2016, and by the end of the year, Australia had close to 1.8 million installations(i).
With ongoing technological improvements bringing down costs of panels, there’s little doubt solar PV-energy generated at homes is expected to play a huge role in Australia’s energy future.

Myth #2: Solar panels will decrease the value of my house.

That doesn’t sound right to us at all. Panels on the roof can bring down the costs to power your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers given how panels last for a long time (25-30 years) and usually come with great warranties.

Myth #3: Solar panels only work in summer.

Solar panels need light not heat to produce power, so they still work well in cold weather. Since daylight hours are shorter in the colder months, don’t expect the kind of power you get in the summer, but they should still be able to keep you warm in winter.

Myth #4: What’s the point when I am charged different rates for having solar? Not worth my money.

That’s not true with Powershop. We treat all customers equally. Solar customers pay the same rates and receive the same discounts as non-solar customers.
With solar, you can save money on your electricity bills, plus get paid for any surplus power you generate.

On top of this, Powershop solar energy customers enjoy:

  • A smartphone app and online usage tools that can help you gain better insights into your electricity usage.
  • High Solar Feed-In Tariffs greater than the government recommended amounts.
  • For those with smart meters, access to a heat map of your solar output through your Powershop online account, so you can know more about your solar energy systems’ performance.

Myth #5: Good for the wallet, but what about the planet?

Solar power systems derive energy from the sun. Panels on your roof help reduce carbon emissions and bring down our collective dependence on fossil fuels. By installing solar, you’re not only reducing your carbon footprint, but also doing your bit to increase more renewable energy generation when you export to the grid

Myth #6: There are no good installers out there

We get it. Installers are a dime a dozen and the whole process of looking for a good installer can be exhausting – that’s why Powershop has launched Better Solar, a free solar advisory service that takes the stress out of knowing where to start when researching solar for your home. We have handpicked a panel of reputed installers approved by the Clean Energy Council, who have access to continuous professional development and technical support to ensure solar PV installations of super quality.

(i) Solar Report January 2018. Australian Energy Council. energycouncil.com.au/media/11188/australian-energy-council-solar-report_-january-2018.pdf

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3 comments on "It’s Time to Bust Some Myths about Solar"
  1. Glenn Sullivan, August 1, 2018:

    Time for Australia to head towards 100% Renewable Energy 🙂

    https://www.facebook.com/100percentRETinAustralia/

  2. Kel Smith, January 19, 2020:

    Hi there, just wanted to clarify how solar power and the grid work together. We have solar panels for our electricity but have been under the impression that to reduce costs we should run our pool pump, dishwasher, washing machine of a night time when electricity company prices are at their lowest. From what I read though we can access the power we generate from our panels during the day and BEFORE it goes to grid, thus avoiding using grid electricity for many of our needs?
    Lastly, just curious whether the ‘green electricity guide’ has also been compiled for 2019? We’re looking at our options away from one of the big 3 companies.
    Thanks for your assistance.
    K’

    • Powershop, February 5, 2020:

      Hey Kel, great question! You’re right – to reduce costs you should be taking advantage of your solar as its being generated. For example, if 3pm is a high export time for your house you should be presetting the dishwasher/washing machine/pool pump for that time. This way you use your solar energy as its being generated before it gets exported to the grid. Using power in the middle of the night won’t give you the chance to take advantage of your solar generation. If you join Powershop you can access tons of solar insights through our app and desktop login which will help you take advantage of your solar. Check out this video to learn more – https://www.powershop.com.au/help-centre/power-pointers/power-pointers-solar-insights/ . As for the Green Electricity Guide, I’m not sure – but we’re proud to say we have a five-star rating with them and we’d love to have you. Cheers, Mon.

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