More and more people are doing their bit for the environment with renewable energy reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Research indicates almost one quarter of Australian households have invested in rooftop solar. Here are some other benefits that may help you to take the plunge.

As with most emerging technologies, the price of solar installation has come down considerably and there are several systems available.

“Grid connect solar has come a long way since its inception in Australia late last decade and we provide customers with access to all the different solar system types,” local solar provider John Rutkowski said.

“We believe in tailoring solutions to a client’s needs through information and consultation on all the technologies on the market. You could say that we cater to the more discerning individual who knows what they want and is also keen to learn more given the opportunity.”

With ever increasing high electricity costs (electricity prices rose 39 per cent between June 2011 and March 2017 – ABS), grid connected solar is perfect for businesses and homes that have high power usage during the day.

“It directly offsets the power you would have used when it is soaked up by electrical appliances and also provides feed in credits for any power generated but not used. This type of solar is very low maintenance with typical system life being 25 years.”

“If you have a power thirsty business premises, then grid connect solar is really a ‘no brainer’ as if you don’t get it you are simply losing money for no reason, even if you rent the property.”

Commercial solar is set up through a commercial lease which is 100% tax deductible with repayments only making up a fraction of the cost you normally would have paid for your power bill without solar.

“You save on your power bill at no cost to your business,” John said.

Over the last few years on grid battery storage has been seeing a high national take up rate too.

“Aussies are hard workers and often families aren’t home most of the day to gain maximum benefit from their solar systems, which is where batteries come in to play. They harvest the solar that normally would have been exported to the grid while you weren’t home and store it for discharge at peak times (typically early evenings and early mornings). Export feed in rates are around 10c a kWhr and peak tariff times are around 55c a kWhr, so the savings are well worth it.”

Battery storage is great for some, but not for others. There are certain situations where just putting more solar on your roof works better, even if you aren’t home to use it.

“I had one client say to me once, ‘Batteries aren’t for me mate, I’m going to let the grid be my battery’ and he was quite right. He put a 10KW solar system on that was exporting so much power during the day that even at the meagre feed in tariff rate he was still covering his daily usage which goes to show there is always more than one way to reach your destination and many cheaper ways too.”

The Australian renewable energy sector provides employment for those looking towards a sustainable future. Using a local small business also supports our community.

“The advantage of using a local supplier is the after-sales service,” John said.

“If you want something fixed we’re there within a week and always there to answer any questions or concerns you may have which isn’t always the case with some national companies.”

“Sunset Solar is 100 per cent Aussie and 100 per cent local and we’re damn proud of it.”