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Solar panels in Brisbane will save you money!

Have you been thinking about installing solar panels in Brisbane but don't know where to start? We have done the hard work so that you can educate yourself about solar power, and then request quotes in seconds from Brisbane's best solar companies. Brisbane, the capital of the Sunshine State, enjoys idyllic subtropical weather all year round. Known as the River City due to the mighty brown snake, which runs through the city, Brisbane is the third-most populous city in Australia. Residents in Brisbane enjoy a massive daily average of 4.2hrs of full sun throughout the year, the high daily average of 'full sun' means that a 6.6kW solar power system installed in Brisbane will generate an average of 27.7kWh of electricity per day - which is enough to power the average family home! It comes as no surprise that the top 2 energy saving tips recommended by the Brisbane City Council (Australia's largest carbon neutral organisation) are installing solar panels and buying renewable energy! Read on to find out more about the best solar panels for your Brisbane City solar project.

Installing solar panels in Brisbane? Key benefits!

  • Slash your power bill by up to 70%!
  • Protect yourself against continually rising power prices
  • There's a generous $3600+ Solar Rebate for a 6.6kW solar system
  • Solar feed in tariffs of up to 20c/kWh (get paid for energy you don't use)
  • Generate clean, renewable energy and protect our future
  • 3–5 year return on investment!

Solar rebate and feed-in tariff in Brisbane

There are incredibly generous Federal Government Solar Rebates available to homeowners that install solar in Brisbane. Please see the 'latest info on solar rebates in QLD' section further down the page to see the solar rebate you are entitled to for various common solar system sizes. There is a solar feed-in tariff (FIT) of up to 20c/kWh available to homeowners in Brisbane! The feed-in tariff is the amount you get paid by your energy retailer for the excess solar energy back you feed into the grid! Some retailers are far more generous than others when it comes to paying you for solar energy, so we created a table further down this page of every energy retailer in QLD and the solar FIT rate that they offer homeowners in Brisbane.

Climate in Brisbane - does solar make sense?

The short answer is YES; solar absolutely makes sense in Brisbane! Brisbane's climate is gorgeous. Summers are hot with an average high of 29°, while our sunny winters are warm, with an average low of 21.3°. The level of solar irradiation in Brisbane is 4.81kWh/sq m/day, meaning that the sun is beaming 4.81kWh of power per square metre onto the solar panels you install in Brisbane every single day!

Solar power installations in Brisbane

As of August 2019, roughly 30% of Brisbane's homes are already covered in solar panels!

Average solar system size in Brisbane

Based on current installations in Brisbane, the average solar system size is 6.6kW. We receive a lot of enquiries from homeowners who would like to add panels to an existing solar system they installed a few years ago (which can be a costly exercise), so in general, we recommend installing as many panels as your budget and roof space allows.

The 6.6kW solar system is a great system that will ‘future proof’ you against continually rising electricity prices and will enable you to take full advantage of the generous government solar rebate as it stands.

6.6kW solar system Brisbane

A 6.6kW solar power system is perfect for Brisbane homes. 6.6kW solar systems typically come with 20 x 330W solar panels, and a 5kW inverter - allowing you to claim 33% more solar rebate than a 5kW system, and also help you to produce more power during low light conditions. Residential solar panels are roughly 1.7m long by 1m wide - so installing a 6.6kW system on your home will require at least 34m2 of roof area.

The average daily output of a high-quality 6.6kW system installed in Brisbane is 27.7kWh of clean, renewable energy. The high daily production means you'll be generating roughly 10,110 kWh per year, saving you $2000+ per year on electricity costs!

At the time of writing (January 2020), a good quality 6.6kW solar power system installed in Brisbane will cost you between $5200 - $9500. The higher end of this price bracket is for premium panels (LG, Kyocera, Sunpower) installed with panel-level optimisation (micro-inverters or power optimisers). The best way to compare solar power systems prices is to click 'Get Quotes' at the top of the screen and our 3 highest rated solar installers will provide you with quotes specific to your home in Brisbane.

A 6.6kW solar system installed in Brisbane will pay for itself within 3-5 years, making it an attractive investment!

Notable solar installations in Brisbane

Brisbane Airport is now generating clean, renewable energy with a huge 5.725 megawatt solar array. The solar system is one of the largest commercial and industrial PV systems in Australia and consists of 20,937 solar panels installed across 6 sites. The clean energy generated each year from the system will account for approximately 18% of the airport’s electricity consumption. Follow this link for more information on the Brisbane Airport Solar Project.

In addition to the huge Brisbane Airport solar array, the iconic Logan Hyperdome shopping centre will soon be slashing their energy costs in a move described by Premier Palaszczuk "as an exciting step towards Queensland’s clean energy future."

Solar panel tilt angle in Brisbane

The slope of your roof is usually the best angle at which to install your solar panels. If you have a flat roof, your chosen solar company will fit tilt frames, to ensure that your solar panels are at the ideal angle for maximum energy production. In Brisbane, the perfect solar panel tilt angle is 27.4°.

Ideal solar panel direction in Brisbane

The direction that your solar panels face can have a huge impact on the overall amount of energy produced by your system. In Australia, a north-facing solar system will produce the most energy - with peak production during the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest point.

However, solar systems installed on the North-East or North-West aspects of the roof will produce only slightly less power than North facing installations (see image below for the difference in energy production for different roof aspects).

As solar panel prices and feed-in tariff rates have fallen, East-West facing installations are becoming increasingly popular because they start generating power earlier in the day and finish later in the afternoon - which follows most families’ energy usage patterns more closely. This means that even though the system is producing less energy overall, more of the energy is being self-consumed making East-West installations an attractive prospect.

When deciding which aspect of your roof best suits your energy requirements, you need to take into consideration how you use power in your home. If you have kids at school and are away from the house for the majority of the day then it could be beneficial to install an east-west solar array.

Maximising value from your solar system in Brisbane

We recommend cleaning your solar system at least once per year and always self-consuming as much of your solar energy as possible to maximise the return from your solar investment in Brisbane! For households where trees might cause shading on the roof, we recommend the use of power optimisers or mirco-inverters to maximise the output of your system and make sure only the shaded panel is losing efficiency (not the entire string of panels) as explained in our solar tips guide.

Our solar tips guide is full of information about the best solar panels and the brands you can trust section provides easy solar panels comparison.

We will send you a copy of our Definitive Solar Tips Guide when you request your free quotes!

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The benefits of installing solar panels in QLD

Rebates for installing solar panels in QLD

Homeowners installing solar panels in sunny Queensland are entitled to the Federal Government's STC 'rebate'. This financial incentive comes in the form of Small-Scale Technology Certificates, commonly referred to as STCs. When you install a solar power system, a certain number of STCs are created based on the size and the location of your solar installation. Each STC carries a monetary value, and the total value of these certificates equates to your 'solar rebate.' The more solar panels that you install, the bigger the value of your 'solar rebate'.

Your chosen solar company will handle the application for the rebate on your behalf and apply the value of this rebate as a discount at the point of sale. You can read more in-depth about the STC rebate in our recent blog post on the subject. To make life easy, we have calculated the value of the STC rebate you are entitled to for common solar system sizes here in Queensland below:

System Size Federal Government Rebate (STC's) State Government Rebate
2 kW $1080 Solar for renters (trial)
3 kW $1620 Solar for renters (trial)
4 kW $2160 Solar for renters (trial)
5 kW $2736 Solar for renters (trial)
6.6 kW $3600 Solar for renters (trial)
10 kW $5472 Solar for renters (trial)

*Please note that the STC rebate calculations are based on solar panels installed in Brisbane, QLD (Zone 3) using an STC price of $36.00.

In addition to the Federal Government STC rebate, you may be eligible for the following Queensland State Government rebate:

Solar for Renters (trial) - rebates of up to $3500 are available to landlords that install a solar system on their rental property. During the trial phase, the rental property must be in the Bundaberg, Gladstone, or Townsville local government areas. There are 1000 rebates available during the trial of this scheme.

Feed-in tariff rates offered by retailers in QLD

Solar feed-in tariffs (FITs) are the amount you get paid by your energy retailer for the excess energy your solar panels export back into the grid. During the day, it’s typical for your solar power system to generate more power than is being used in your home. This excess means that if you have a grid-connected solar system, the energy you don't use feeds back into the grid, and your energy retailer will pay you a fixed amount per kWh of energy that you send to them. The retailer-provided solar FITs listed here do not include any bonus feed-in tariff that may be provided by the QLD State Government.

Energy Retailer Min rate (per kWh) Max rate (per kWh)
Origin Energy 8.0c 20.0c
Red Energy 6.0c 17.0c
Energy Australia 16.1c 16.1c
Energy Locals 10.0c 16.0c
AGL 8.6c 15.0c
DC Power Co 15.0c 15.0c
Amaysim 0.0c 14.0c
Click Energy 8.0c 12.0c
Diamond Energy 0.0c 12.0c
Discover Energy 6.0c 11.5c
Alinta Energy 0.0c 11.0c
Mojo Power 0.0c 10.0c
Locality Planning Energy 10.0c 10.0c
Simply Energy 0.0c 10.0c
Powershop 9.5c 9.5c
Powerdirect 8.6c 8.6c
Powerclub 0.0c 8.5c
Dodo 8.5c 8.5c
QEnergy 8.0c 8.0c
ReAmped Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Elysian Energy 7.9c 7.9c
Ergon Energy 7.8c 7.8c
Future X Power 7.0c 7.0c
Kogan Energy 6.2c 6.2c
1st Energy 6.0c 6.0c

**The feed-in tariff rates you are entitled to vary depending on the energy plan you choose with the retailer. Feed-in tariff rates displayed are correct as of March 2020.

Simple guide to sizing your solar system in QLD

Choosing the right system size depends on many factors, including how much power you use during daylight hours, your roof orientation, whether shading will be an issue, and how much roof space you have at your home or business. In general, if you can afford to pay your power bills, then you can afford to invest in solar because the system will pay for itself in energy savings. As a rough guide, you can compare the average daily power usage on your power bill to the average daily output of common system sizes we have calculated in the table below:

System Size Avg daily output Return on Investment
2 kW 8.4 kWh 3 - 5 years
3 kW 12.6 kWh 3 - 5 years
4 kW 16.8 kWh 3 - 5 years
5 kW 21.0 kWh 3 - 5 years
6.6 kW 27.7 kWh 3 - 5 years
10 kW 42.0 kWh 3 - 5 years

*Please note that the location used for above the daily output calculations is Brisbane, QLD - based on the Clean Energy Council GC Design Guidelines.

Finding the best solar panels for your home in QLD!

In order to provide the best possible service to Queenslanders, we have taken the QLD Government's getting started with solar checklist, along with the Clean Energy Council's recommendations and combined them with over 10 years solar industry experience to create our solar buying tips guide. We will send you our exclusive 2020 Solar Buying Tips Guide when your request your obligation free quotes!

We have proudly helped tens of thousands of homeowners compare solar quotes in Queensland over the past five years. There are now 707,397 homeowners in the sunshine state enjoying the benefits of solar power in their homes!

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Hayds from Queensland
Just had global solar solutions come and install three panels on our new home. As first house owners this is all so hard and stressful ryan fro GSS made our lives so much easier can’t thank the crew from GSS enough. So excited and sprites with how nice it suits our house. I would remember to everyone and very affordable.
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Helen Humphreys from Queensland
I had Andy and Mark to install my new solar panels today. They arrived exactly on time, worked non stop and efficiently, answered all queries that I had.Both guys were friendly and helpful, and most importantly made sure my dog did not get out.I thank them both for such really good service.
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Karen from Queensland
They were very considerate of my needs and what I was looking for. They were able to put together my solar system that worked with my budget. I did not have to pay anything out of my pocket to get the solar system on my home. Thank you Arka Energy.
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Blair McGilvray from Queensland
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Howard Ormerod from Queensland
After speaking to numerous companies and quickly working out who I did NOT want to deal with, I narrowed the search down to Green Incentives and one other company. Other Solar firms came in cheaper (like for like), but I've learned that cheaper can mean problems, particularly if you can't find out much about the company. During the process Joe at Green Incentives was exceptional, very knowledgeable and was able to differentiate better than the competition. I went with a 6kw Fronius system, with 22 REC panels and quality racking. The installers did a superb job, extremely professional and took their time to ensure my panel layout fit our energy needs (in terms of sun position during the day). Other companies may use fixed price installers to reduce costs, but then you lose the quality service as they will want to be in and out quickly. Even though our installers had to travel back from the Sunshine to Gold Coast, they arrived 7am and left gone 4pm. A I had a call from Green Incentives the next day to discuss my satisfaction with the job. My advice when choosing solar is pay that little bit more for peace of mind you're dealing with a quality company.
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George Ayoub from Queensland
Ryan and the team were fantastic through the entire process. Ryan is very knowledgeable about Solar and was very honest when it came to product quality and return on investment. On the day of the installation, the team were punctual and very efficient. They completed my large residential installation that same day! Very happy so far and look forward to saving on power bills. If you're after Solar power, then you will be extremely satisfied choosing Global Solar Solutions.
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Chelsea from Queensland
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Brett from Queensland
The installers were on time and polite. The panels and inverter installation looks great and I’m also producing over 25kw a day even in winter. Ben was easy to deal with and responsive to my questions. Gods job Sunshine State Solar.
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Schani Dias Weerash from Queensland
I have been very happy with Top Value Solar. Puneet and Nishanth have been extremely helpful. the installation was excellent and on time. the quality of the product used - Fronius inverter and Longi panels are at the top end of the solar products. After service has been excellent up to now. Thanks.
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Jeanne from Queensland
Excellent workmanship. I had numerous quotes and these guys came out far cheaper and with a better product than everyone else. Puneet even came to our house to help set it all up and showed us how to use it after hours. We recommend this company and if we ever need another solar we won't look anywhere else.

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