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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by MTR, 7th Jan, 2016.

  1. MTR

    MTR Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    We are looking at getting these panels installed for our primary residence, we are currently paying approx. $800 every 2 months... I know, ouch...

    Any tips/advice, suppliers.. am in Perth.

    Thanks

    Marisa:)
     
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    Hi Marisa . Try Intrinsic Value from Somersoft. I think he is the man who owns a solar panel business and it is Australia-wide. If my memory is incorrect - you can search Somersoft for solar panels. Cheers
     
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    We investigated but we weren't sure enough if we were going to stay in our place long enough. It seemed that the savings from switching the metering to timed consumption were nearly as big as those from the solar panels themselves.

    There must be a lot of profit in solar panels though. I've had three cold calls in the last four days offering free quotes- and I don't spend many hours close to my landline.
     
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    Infinite energy are one of perths most reputable and reliable suppliers but you will pay more for the service; worth speaking to them imo.

    Have you changed all your lights to LEDs? The tesla batteries will be hitting the market this year too and combined with good panels you could almost entirely eliminate your bills
     
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    LifesGood Home Building & Development Consultant Business Member

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    Definitely recommend the Tesla batteries, especially given the recent proposed "penalties" for solar owners.
     
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    Not sure in WA but here the credit rate has gradually dropped from 60c to 6c. Not sure if its worth it any more.
     
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    LifesGood Home Building & Development Consultant Business Member

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    $15k will get you PV Panels & Tesla Powerwall Battery installed. That means you can store power during the day and use it at night. Not sure of the specific dollar savings on your electricity bill though.
     
  8. MTR

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    Been very slack, will be changing lights to LED. Will give this supplier a call, great.

    I am hope that this will save big $. Its not getting any cheaper and we have also decided to finally bite the bullet and get a swimming pool with heating system this will all add to the energy bill.

    Thanks

    Marisa:)
     
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    I thought it was $15k for the Tesla Powerwall battery itself?
     
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    Will not regret it. My six LED now consume less energy than one of the original downlight. It also last for 15000 hours if I remember it right, so no need to change it for a while.

    I want to see the swimming pool, please :D

    :-0 I read in US it costs like $3.5K?
     
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    MTR Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Just about everything is cheaper in US?? Damn it.
     
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    neK Well-Known Member

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    You may be right!

    Bradford Solar | Tesla Powerwall

    A Bradford Solar System with Powerwall can be installed for around $15,000 and a Tesla Powerwall and Inverter only package can be installed for around $10,000.

    5 Year payback period aint too bad :)
     
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    Tesla Powerwall doesn't read as very impressive for the outlay. But in saying that I just paid my last power bill of $3.87.
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    It's very impressive in terms of what it allows going forward.
    It's quite unimpressive in terms of financial decisions though, so far. A blog I was reading showed that money left in the offset performed better. I imagine this will improve in the future though.
     
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    Don't get me wrong, if I was building a new PPOR I would install a solar system with battery storage allowing me to go "off grid". Feed in Tarrifs are rubbish now. One of my tenants gets 8c from the Govt and another 8c from the power company. Current PPOR we get 56c or something, hence most of the time our power bill is in credit. But battery storage via solar charging IS the way of the future for my money. Competition will make it Everyman affordable by 2020.
     
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    Your killing me, my bill was over $800
     
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    I had a 3.72kW solar system installed, no batteries though, around this time last year. It has reduced my grid draw by 60% and coupled with a pathetic, but nonetheless cumulative, 6c/kWh feed in tariff rate my quarterly electricity bills have dropped from $450 to around $100. Additionally, our winter gas bill was more than halved through using supplemental electric localised room heating when the winter sun was shining. I love my solar :D
     
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    Ah the good old "payback period" raises its ugly head. :)

    It's funny that when making sustainable and environmentally conscious decisions, we always question how long it takes until it pays for itself.

    Has anyone ever questioned the payback period for the monstrous flat screen TVs we buy?
     
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    MTR Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    this is impressive HP. How much did it cost to install etc? Did this cost around $6000?
     
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    Mine was $7K, but that included a meter upgrade, good panels and more expensive (than string) micro-inverters to counter the winter shading of a neighbour's dirty great tree.