Australian Solar Systems Interest Index – May 2020

Australian solar power report covering April 2020

While interest in buying solar dropped off in March, it started bouncing back in early April – here’s what Australians were looking for in a solar power system last month when using the SolarQuotes service.

The initial of shock and implications of COVID-19 saw some Australians put the idea of going solar on the backburner during March, but we started to see signs of a rebound at the end of the month. That continued in April as more Australians realised now is a really good time to have solar panels installed.

System Size Selection

In April, 80% of Australians who had a system size in mind wanted details on a 6kW solar system or larger; so that figure has started creeping up again (March/February 79% and 78% in January). Interest in 3kW systems was a tiny 2%.

Solar power system size selection - April 2020

PV Purchasing Timeframe

Interest in buying solar immediately also increased from 22% in March to 23% in April. Again last month, 98% submitting for quotes were considering a purchase any time from right away and within 3 months.

Solar purchasing timeframe - April 2020

Cost And Quality

A tad under 13% were wanting a “top quality” (most expensive) solar power system, down a little on the last few months (14% in March). Also down a smidge was the proportion after a system offering a balance between quality and cost (~78%), while just over 9% wanted pricing on a good quality budget system.

Solar power system cost vs. quality - April 2020

Consumption Monitoring Interest

When it came to the option of advanced solar monitoring, 67% expressed an interest in April, up from 65% in March, February and January.

Advanced Solar Monitoring - April 2020


Interest in microinverters dropped again to 15% (16% in March and 18% in February). The reason for the drop isn’t clear – perhaps a bit of price sensitivity given microinverters will add to the cost of a system. But they have their benefits and you can learn more about microinverters here.

Interest in microinverters - April 2020

Battery Ready Solar

Interest in battery ready solar power systems jumped back up – from 9% to 12%; but still well down on February (19%) and January (24%). Just about every solar power system is “battery ready” to some degree, but we ask this question on the quote request form to assist potential installers with system design.

Battery-ready solar interest - April 2020

Solar + Battery System

A fraction over 8% indicated a desire to have a battery system installed at the same time as their solar panels – around the same as March. So, there’s still some elevation in interest compared to months prior (~6%) and our solar and battery calculator is still seeing a good workout. One of its great features is in addition to providing full system payback details, it also shows you how savings are affected by a battery and solar panels separately.

Concurrent solar + battery installation - April 2020

Battery Size Preference

For those who wanted a  battery installation  at the same time as their PV system and had a kWh capacity  in mind, close to 13% were interested in 1-5kWh (March: 15%, February: 16%), 48% in 5-10kWh (March: 45%, February: 41%) and around 39% in 10kWh+ (March: 40%, February: 43%). Just under 51% were wanting advice on battery system sizing.

Battery capacity preference - April 2020

Energy Storage Application

In April, just 3% of requests including batteries indicated backup as the primary application (6% in March and 4% in February), close to 36% in minimising grid use (March: 33% and February 44%), while a whisker over 61% were wanting it for both applications (61% March, 52% in February).

Primary solar battery application - April 2020

Quarterly Electricity Costs

Where electricity costs were known, 46% said their quarterly bills were between $500 and $1,000 on average (same as March and February) and just under 12% were paying more $1,000 a quarter (same as March). As mentioned last month, the figures could change significantly in the time ahead due to millions of Australians staying at home under COVID-19 related restrictions.

Australian quarterly electricity costs - April 2020

About The auSSII

This report draws on the submissions of thousands of Australians who our service every month to request solar quotes. We match their requirements with up to three trusted and pre-vetted solar providers .

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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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