Australian Solar Systems Interest Index – July 2019

auSSII solar report - June 2019

The start of winter is usually a quieter time for Australia’s solar industry, but there were still plenty of Aussie households interested in busting their electricity bills with solar panels during June.

System Size Selections

Bigger remains better in the minds of prospective Australian solar buyers and it’s a wise choice in terms of bang for buck. 6kW and larger solar power systems represented close to 67% of  preferences among those who selected a size, a slight drop from May’s 68%. 16% were after a 5kW system – a big decrease compared to June last year when the figure was 37%. Approximately 32% of all submissions asked for advice on system sizing, down on May (~33%), but still up on April (31%).

Solar power system capacity choice June 2019

Intended Purchase Timeframe

The proportion of solar energy shoppers wanting to purchase a system immediately popped back up in June, rising to 19% (~16% in May, 18% in April). Those wanting to buy anytime from right now to within 3 months also increased significantly, up from 80% in May to close to 85% in June.

Solar power purchase intent - June 2019.

Price And Quality

12% had a preference for a top quality (most expensive) system in June, down on May and April’s ~13%.  Those wanting details of a system offering a balance of quality and price stayed just under 80% and the proportion interested in a “good budget solar package” crept up to close to 8% (7% in May).

Solar price vs. quality during June 2019

System Monitoring Option

One of the questions we ask on our quote form is “Would you like consumption monitoring?” Learn more about solar monitoring systems – and why they are an option well worth considering. In June, 64% selected yes – down on May’s 67% and April’s 65%.

Solar Systems Monitoring - June 2019

Solar Battery Readiness

Interest in “battery-ready” solar power systems dropped in June to 24% compared to May’s 26% and 27% in both April and March. We use responses to this question to assist prospective installers with system design.

Battery Ready Solar Preference- June 2019

Concurrent Solar + Battery Installation

7% indicated interest in having a battery installed concurrently with their solar power system, down on May (8%) and the same as April. On a related note, a battery segment on Channel 7’s Sunrise last week raised the ire of the SQ team.

PV + battery storage installation - June 2019

Battery Capacity Choice

For those who were interested in a concurrent battery installation and had specified capacity, approximately 19% indicated a 1-5kWh system in June (20% in May, 21% in April), 43% a 5-10kWh battery (45% May, 43% in April) and 38% a 10kWh+ battery (35% in May and April). Uncertainty on capacity remains very common, with 55% wanting advice on energy storage sizing in June.

Battery size capacity preference June 2019

Battery Use Intention

Under 3% wanted a solar battery for backup as the primary use – down a little from May (3%) and much less than April (6%). 45% were wanting a battery for minimising grid electricity consumption (May 48% ), while 52% wanted it for both applications (49% in May, 47% in April).

Intended battery use application June 2019

Electricity Costs

In June, around 45% of Australians using the SolarQuotes service who knew how much their electricity bills are said they were paying $500 – $1,000 a quarter (50% in May/April) and just over 11% were paying $1,000 or more. (13% May, 11% April).

41% said they had bills of less than $500 a quarter, whereas in May that figure was significantly lower – 35%. Perhaps people are thinking about their last quarter’s bill (coming out of the warmer months in this case) rather than an average over a year.

Australian quarterly electricity bills - June 2019

How The auSSII Is Compiled

auSSII reports are based on information provided in responses from thousands of Australians who use our solar quoting service each month to receive detailed quotes from up to three of SQ’s network of pre-vetted installers we match to their requirements.

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About Michael Bloch

Michael caught the solar power bug after purchasing components to cobble together a small off-grid PV system in 2008. He's been reporting on Australian and international solar energy news ever since.

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