TUESDAY 15 JANUARY, 2013 |
Battler Households Driving Western Australia's Solar Uptake
In Western Australia, like elsewhere in the nation, solar power uptake isn't
being driven by the rich, but by the mortgage belt.
Western Australia now boasts over 100,000 rooftop solar panel arrays across Perth and the South
According to The
, figures provided by Synergy show the southern suburb of Canning Vale had
highest number of solar panel installations (2239) as of December 19, followed
by Thornlie (1513), Baldivis (1376), Willetton (1299) and Ellenbrook (1198).
None of Perth's affluent suburbs featured in Synergy's top 20 list of solar
panel installations in Western Australia.
The results again bust the myth that solar
rebates and subsidies
have primarily benefited the wealthy. Western
Australia's experience has been repeated throughout the country.
In an analysis of solar energy systems installed under the Renewable Energy
Target carried out last year by REC Agents Association (RAA); the Association
found suburbs with the highest
were typically in the outer metropolitan mortgage belt.
The Clean Energy Council's Solar
Power Australia 2011-12
report states over half of solar households have an
annual income of less that $100,000 annually and more than a quarter earn less
than $65,000 a year.
Solar panel uptake is being driven primarily by ongoing and substantial
electricity price rises.
According to solar provider Energy
, a 3kW solar
power system installed in Perth
will generate more than 12kWh a day on
average. Based on the price of a good quality system supplied and installed by
the company; the electricity produced will work out to cost under 6c per
kilowatt hour over the life of the system - far cheaper than retail rates.
in Western Australia
can also benefit from the state's feed in tariff that
pays 8 - 50c per kilowatt hour for surplus electricity exported to the mains
grid, depending on location. Solar
feed in tariff incentives
are also available in other states; but with the
price of electricity so expensive now the focus is increasingly on
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