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Installing a rooftop solar system is a major long-term investment, but its cost is gradually decreasing as energy prices increase. You can save on energy bills and support clean, renewable energy by going solar.

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How much do solar panels cost to install in Melbourne?

The cost of the solar panels will depend on the size you opt for. The cost of an inverter and installation fees will also be included in the final quote. A home battery is an optional addition that you can consider depending on your budget.

According to Solar Choice, solar panels of sizes ranging from 3kW to 10kW can set you back $4.030 to $8,440 on average in Melbourne. Premium solar panel systems with better quality and service will cost you more.

The brand and quality of hardware, the installer's rates and the rebates will influence the price you pay for a solar system.

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How to get a solar panel quote in Melbourne

There are a few things to know before contacting a solar panel retailer for a quote.

  • Understand your average daily electricity usage across seasons to choose a system of the right size.
  • Know the condition of your roof. The age of your property, amount of available roof space, the orientation and the materials your roof is made of will determine whether you can benefit from a solar system and what kind will be the most suitable.
  • Decide on how you're going to finance the installation. It can be a complete payment upfront or be done in installations.
  • Have dates and a timeframe in mind for the installation.
  • Confirm that your preferred system can be connected to the grid.

You should ideally request quotes from at least 3 retailers so that you can compare the prices, system sizes and customer reviews. A quote should have a breakdown of all the costs, along with any rebates or discounts. It should also include details of a system designed to fit the site, list of components and performance estimate.

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What feed-in tariff will I get from my solar in Melbourne?

You can earn a solar feed-in tariff for excess energy produced by your system that is fed back into the grid. Some providers offer a consistent feed-in tariff across plans, while others vary the rates, with dedicated solar plans usually having higher rates.

ProviderSolar feed-in tariff
OriginOrigin Solar Boost: 10c/kWh for the first 14kWh
Origin Solar Boost Plus: 14c/kWh or 20c/kWh
Other plans: 5.2c/kWh
AGLAGL Solar Savers: 10c/kWh for the first 14kWh, then 5.2c/kWh
Other plans: 5.2c/kWh
EnergyAustraliaSolar Max: 10c/kWh
Other plans: 5.4c/kWh
Red Energy6.2c/kWh
GloBirdSolarPlus: 10c/kWh
Other plans: 5.2c/kWh
Dodo Power8c/kWh
Alinta Energy6.7c/kWh
Energy Locals8.3c/kWh for the first 10kWh, then 5.2c/kWh
ENGIE (then Simply Energy)Simply Solar: 11c/kWh
Simply Energy Solutions Solar: 16.7c/kWh for the first 3kWh per day, 6.7c/kWh for the rest (5.5c/kWh after 2 years)
Other plans: 5.2c/kWh
Sumo Energy5.2c/kWh
Kogan Energy5.2c/kWh
1st EnergySolar Bonus: 10.2c/kWh
Other plans: 5.2c/kWh
Lumo Energy5.2c/kWh
Tango EnergySolar Saver: 10.4c/kWh
Other plans: 6.7c/kWh
Momentum Energy6.7c/kWh
OVO Energy7c/kWh

What return can I get from solar panels in Melbourne?

The returns from solar panels in Melbourne depend on a number of factors such as:

  • The cost of your solar system and its energy output
  • Your total energy consumption
  • Solar feed-in tariffs
  • Energy usage patterns
  • Amount of solar power and normal power used
  • Your location

For instance, if you consume more energy than your solar system is capable of producing, the returns won't be as good as when the output and your consumption match. It is also best if you are able to use most of the energy produced by the system for maximised benefits. So, choosing an appropriately sized system for your consumption habits is important.

According to Solar Victoria, with the solar panel rebate, the payback period is typically 3 to 5 years. Without the rebate, the payback period could be 7 to 9 years. Payback period is the length of time it takes for the energy bill savings to make up for the cost of solar system installation.

You can save up to or more than $2,269 per year on your energy bill, as per Solar Choice.

Do I need to use a reputable installer for my solar panels?

A solar system is a significant investment so it is recommended that you go for a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer that only employs installers accredited by the Clean Energy Council. This ensures that the work done in your home will meet the best industry standards, and the solar system installed will be safe and reliable.

Solar Victoria has a list of authorised retailers and installers. In order to avail of any of the Solar Homes rebates, you need to get your solar panels installed by someone from the list.

You should pay attention to the quote documentation (and whether it has all the required details), warranty terms and the installer's accreditation ID. The installer is required to either install the system themselves or be present at the site at least three times during the installation process.

Most installers have a premium offer that is more expensive than average prices. It typically comes with longer warranty periods and higher quality products. You can consider this if it fits your budget.

Opt for a retailer with a good mobile app
A mobile app can make monitoring your solar energy usage simpler and easier.

How big of a solar system should I put on my roof?

If the space on your roof permits, the solar system should meet most of your daily energy usage.

You can go for a bigger solar system than required if you have the budget, where any excess energy produced will be fed back into the grid and you will earn a solar feed-in tariff. A bigger solar system can also shorten the payback time and address any increase in energy usage in the future.

What solar rebates are available in Melbourne?

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme

The scheme, under the Renewable Energy Target, creates a financial incentive for you to install solar panel systems (or other eligible renewable energy systems) through Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). You can assign the STCs to an installer to receive a discount or delayed cash payment in exchange. The scheme ends in 2030.

Solar Panel (PV) Rebate

Homeowners with existing homes, homes under construction and rental properties can get a discount of up to 50%, amounting to a maximum rebate of up to $1.400, for solar panel systems installation by an authorised retailer. These rebates are released every month.

You can also apply for an interest-free loan for an amount equivalent to the rebate amount to further help with the solar costs. The loan can be repaid over 4 years or can be repaid sooner in one go.

You are not eligible for this rebate if you have already received a Solar Homes Program rebate.

Solar Battery Rebate

Households with existing solar panels can get a rebate of up to $2,950 in the form of a discount to install a solar battery. You are not eligible for this rebate if you have already received a Solar Homes Program rebate.

Solar Hot Water Rebate

Homeowners residing at the property can get a 50% rebate of up to $1,000 on eligible solar hot water systems. You are not eligible for this rebate if you have already received a Solar Homes Program rebate.

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Saakshi Gupta

Saakshi Gupta is a writer for Finder. She has written for startups and other organisations. Her work has been published on Time Out Melbourne. Saakshi has a Master’s Degree in Media Communication from the University of Melbourne. See full profile

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