Today's Age article features a PV system (pictured above) at Hoppers Crossing installed by Going Solar earlier this year. Clare Kermond reports (12/3/14):
"Hoppers Crossing tops the list of Melbourne's solar suburbs, with several postcodes in the growth corridors leading the charge to get solar panels on their roofs, according to new research. New figures from the Clean Energy Regulator show Hoppers Crossing, followed by Werribee and Cranbourne, are the top three suburbs by solar kilowatt capacity installed. The latest data debunks the widely circulating myth that solar power is a feel-good hobby for wealthy environmentalists.
"And a new report by Roy Morgan Research shows that home solar is continuing to grow in popularity, despite cuts to incentives such as the feed-in tariff for selling solar-generated electricity back to the grid.
'People have twigged that electricity bills are going to keep going up for some time, and they've also worked out that the sun is going to come up tomorrow', said Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber. 'They are walking into solar shops with their power bills in their hands saying 'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more'.
"The Roy Morgan report found that the main driver for people to go solar was wanting to control their household power costs, followed by wanting to do something for the environment."
A much longer article (12/3/14) by Clare Kermond on the same topic can be found on the link below. Clare reports these comments from the owner of the house (and our customer) Carina McNaughton:
“The main motivation for going solar was that it would benefit the environment, followed closely by wanting to control the family's energy costs. ‘When we first started thinking about solar we went through the house to see what we could do to cut down our electricity consumption. We bought curtains with pelmets on ebay, got into the habit of turning things off; it all made a big difference’.
“McNaughton says she and her husband are not worried about cuts to the feed-in tariffs or other subsidies, and plan to use their system almost entirely for their own electricity use. Being at home a lot during the day, she says she can make good use of the electricity generated during the daylight hours. ‘If they cut the feed-in tariff to nothing we'd still get panels and I think most people would still get them. You drive around this area and a lot of houses have gone solar’.”
Read the full article at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/keeping-the-sun-from-going-down-20140311-34k1y.html
From Going Solar’s point of view the energy efficiency measures similar to those mentioned by Carina are the recommended essential first step. The power produced from the solar panels then becomes an extra bonus.
Carina also says: “it was after a door-to-door salesman gave her a quote for panels that she began researching the idea before getting several quotes”. Again we can’t emphasize enough the importance of doing your background research (and incidentally, Going Solar never use door-to-door sales people!)