Slowing Uptake Of Solar Systems In Brisbane Puts Downward Pressure On Price
25 November 2013. Feedback from a number of solar installers in Brisbane indicates that the year on year fourth quarter number of solar installations is likely to be down by up to 25 percent in Brisbane. Since the cut in Queensland’s 44 cent feed in tariff via the solar bonus scheme in 2012 to the now 8 cents per KWh there has been a slow down in uptake of solar as potential solar customers weigh up the pro’s and con’s of solar in a low feed in tariff environment.
Solar companies are currently able to offer extremely competitive pricing for solar installation and if you are considering solar, now could be a good time to get several quotes and compare the different offers currently available. As cautioned elsewhere on this website we strongly recommend considering ‘brand name’ solar panels and inverters and checking the credentials of the different installation companies offering quotation to ensure they have a strong track record of quality installations and are able to support the installation for years to come.
Carbon Tax Removal = Lower Power Bills?
The newly elected Abbott coalition government is currently in the process of introducing legislation to repeal the carbon tax and have claimed that this will have a significant impact on lowering electricity bills. It has been interesting to hear many of the retailers of electricity reporting that they see any price decreases in electricity pricing to be fairly modest as they attribute much of the increase in power pricing to network and infrastructure expenditure and far less to the carbon tax. We watch with interest. Certainly it is reasonable to assume that Queenslanders will more than likely to see a continuation of upward trend in their power bills over the next decade. Given that a quality, well installed solar system should operate for 20 plus years, their ability to replace grid supplied electricity during hours of sunshine should continue to make them appealing to home owners looking for greater energy independence.