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What are feed-in tariffs?
If you produce more energy from your solar panels that you can use, this excess is sent back to the power grid. And you receive a credit on your energy bill from your energy supplier. This is a feed-in tariff.
How much credit you get on your electricity bill will depend on the amount you feed back, what plan you’re on, and what state you’re in. Australia does not have a national feed-in tariff rate. In NSW current tariff rates are between 7-11cents /kWh exported
If you want to compare electricity prices we recommend we recommend the Energy Made Easy website from the Australian Energy Regulator.
Are there any government rebates available?
The Federal Government continues to offers Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) which effectively is an ‘incentive’ on the cost of your newly installed solar system.
STCs are issued with qualifying solar power systems and solar panels and can be redeemed for a dollar value that is deducted from the cost of the solar system. The value of an STC at any one time depends on market conditions.
When you purchase a solar power system from Nickel Energy, we have already discounted this value for you in your solar quote. That’s because we will manage the paperwork for registering and selling the STCs on the market on your behalf. We give you a point of sale discount based on your STCs.
On the day of installation, you assign the STCs over to us, then we complete the registration of these certificates with the Clean Energy Regulator on your behalf and eventually recoup their value. You don’t have to wait for this to happen, we do. You get an immediate deduction in cost.
How many solar panels do I need?
Most likely, you’ll need 6–12 solar panels, but this will be determined by a combination of factors. The number of solar panels you’ll need depends how much power you want to generate, as well as the suitability of your roof.
Firstly, you’ll also first need to determine if your roof is suitable — the direction your roof faces, and the material your roof is made from (the most suitable roofs are usually tin, concrete or terracotta tile).
We begin any partnership with Nickel by visiting your property to assess whether your roof is right for solar. It is important that we do an onsite visit in order to design a system that works for your senario. This is an obligation free consultation with one of our team.
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