So­lar Re­bates Go­ing Down in 2019 Act Now to Lock in the Best Price Ever on So­lar

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - PORK - Vin­cent Sel­leck

At the end of ev­ery calendar year the value of your so­lar re­bate goes down as they are phased out for the next 12 years. For the av­er­age 6 kW so­lar sys­tem that amounts to pay­ing about $400 more if your new so­lar sys­tem is not in­stalled be­fore De­cem­ber 31st. 888 So­lar Tek have se­cured ex­tra in­stal­la­tion teams in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the last minute rush to get so­lar in­stalled be­fore the end of the year, but it is best to act now to lock in your re­bate at the 2017 price. How much is the re­bate go­ing to be in 2019? For a so­lar sys­tem with 6.6 kW of pan­els you will re­ceive a dis­count of ap­prox­i­mately $3,488 off the price of a new so­lar sys­tem. Can the Gov­ern­ment change reg­u­la­tions to get rid of the re­bate? Yes. The cur­rent Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment can kill off the so­lar re­bate at any time, in­stead of phas­ing it out over the next 12 years as in­tended. With a Prime Min­is­ter who has a lump of coal as his pet rock, an En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter that reck­ons clean coal is the best en­ergy and an En­ergy Min­is­ter who has cam­paigned against wind farms and re­new­able en­ergy, any­thing is pos­si­ble. Does so­lar work while it is cloudy or rain­ing? Yes. Phot­voltaic Cells cap­ture pho­tons of light from any source and pro­duce elec­tric­ity when­ever light is avail­able. Most so­lar sys­tems will pro­duce about a third of their nor­mal amount of elec­tric­ity on an av­er­age rainy day. So­lar Hot Wa­ter how­ever, uses heat in­stead of light and needs boost­ing with elec­tric el­e­ments when the weather is gray or dur­ing the win­ter. Is more en­ergy used to make so­lar pan­els than they will ever pro­duce in their life­time? No. Re­search show that the en­ergy used to pro­duce, trans­port and in­stall so­lar pan­els in Aus­tralia will be re­cov­ered af­ter only two years of use. The av­er­age panel will last 30 years, so this gives us back 28 years of clean, free en­ergy. Can I still use my so­lar power when there is a black­out? Yes, but only if you have bat­ter­ies. Most so­lar sys­tems are grid con­nected with an in­verter and no bat­ter­ies and these sys­tems will shut down if there is a black­out. This pro­tects elec­tric­ity work­ers who are re­pair­ing the grid . If I go off grid do I still have to pay for the Net­work Sup­ply charge? No. You can ask your elec­tric­ity sup­plier to dis­con­nect your ser­vice and you will no longer re­ceive any bills.

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