Solar Panel FAQs
1. How many solar panels do you need to power a house?
This is a common question that many home and business owners ask when considering investing in solar power. Based on standard Australian households, a home with 1 – 2 people should only need a 1.5kW solar power system, a home with 2 – 3 people should need a 3kW solar power system and a home with 4 or more people should consider a 5kW solar power system. This is only a rough estimate of how many solar panels you will need to power your house – click here for a more tailored estimate.
2. Can you buy and install your own solar panels?
Yes, technically you can buy and install your own solar panels. While the do it yourself approach to your solar power system may seem enticing because of the lesser price tag, designing and installing a solar power system is complicated and requires extensive training and experience – so it might be best to leave it to the professionals to ensure that you receive the best returns on your solar panel investment.
3. Do solar panels add value to your home?
Absolutely! Property research on Australian homes shows that the more solar panels on the roof – the higher the value! This is an estimated additional value of $6000 per kilowatt of solar power on the existing retail value of a home.
4. How much do solar panels cost in Australia?
In Australia, the cost of a quality solar panel system can fluctuate greatly. A 3kW system typically costs between $3500 and $5600, a 5kW system is typically $5000 – $9000 and for a 10kW system you could be looking at anywhere between $9990 and $15000. When it comes to solar panels, you get what you pay for – so make sure you shop around and do your own research on brands, quality and warranties.