SUPER SOLAR: Ian Fraser holds up an Ergon Energy bill, where he and his wife Leah's quarterly elecricity account has been credited with about $45. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle
SUPER SOLAR: Ian Fraser holds up an Ergon Energy bill, where he and his wife Leah's quarterly elecricity account has been credited with about $45. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle Hannah Baker

Solar switch makes cents for Hervey Bay households

LEAH and Ian Fraser are not alone in their love for using the sun as their household's source of energy.

There have been a reported 8177 photovoltaic systems installed in total across Hervey Bay.

The area was noted in an Energy Matters report as having the second highest uptake of "small-scale" PV systems in Queensland and third across the nation.

Would you make the switch to solar power to cut your bill?

This poll ended on 22 December 2015.

Current Results

Yes I have already made the switch and love the money I'm now saving

54%

No I wouldn't made the switch as I think it is too expensive to start with

36%

I'm still undecided if our family will make the switch to solar power

9%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Since their homes installation of $8000 worth of solar panels five years ago, the Fraser's have cut their quarterly $400 electricity bill down to size.

While they sometimes receive quarterly bills of less than $100 during the times where average day-time electricity consumption is greater than solar power produced, they are often in credit on their quarterly bills.

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This is thanks to the Solar Bonus Scheme 44c feed-in-tariff, available to those who applied for it prior to July 2012.

"It has been marvellous," Leah said.

"We knew electricity prices were going up and up... (and) Ian had investigated for about three or four years before we did anything."

The Fraser's can now list about three neighbours in their street who have made the switch to solar.

Solar Power Wide Bay Burnett general manager Rowan Walk said he thinks the trend for solar in the area is likely to do with residents wanting more control of the day-to-day cost of living.

"Solar is one way to control (these) rising costs," he said.

 

Going solar

The current solar feed-in tariff is 6.348c per kWh

8177 photovoltaic systems installed in Hervey Bay

Smaller solar storage battery designs expected to trend next year



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