System Capacity: 9.87kW
Expected Quarterly Benefit: $725.27
CO2 reduction: 17 tonnes annually; equivalent of taking 4 cars off the road
System Specs: 42 x 235W REC solar panels; SMA Mini Central 10000W inverter
Installation: November 2010
After speaking to a friend who had already purchased a solar power system from Energy Matters, Michael Stebbings knew he had found the perfect investment for his retirement.
"I am semi-retired now and want to make sure my wife and I have a comfortable life", said Mr Stebbings. "With the price of power bills rising, we worked out that a solar system designed to wipe our bills would be a worthwhile investment."
For the Stebbings, keeping their two-story home warm during the cold winter months is one of the biggest contributors to their electricity consumption. In addition, Mrs Stebbings runs her business, a day care centre, on the property. The pair was facing power bills of around $700 per quarter.
Since their solar system was switched on, the Stebbings have been producing approximately 7,300kW hours, totaling around $1,650 worth of power over six months on Tasmania’s 22.5c feed in tariff.
"In the best week the system produced $97 worth of power", Mr Stebbings said proudly. Generating a return better than most interest rates available and with more security than shares, Mr Stebbings is pretty happy with his investment.
"To anyone considering solar, I’d say – go for it”, said Mr Stebbings. “I used money from my super to finance the system and based on the cost of electricity I no longer have to pay for and additional income earned from the feed in tariff, I am now receiving an 8.2% return on that money."
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