Australian Solar Systems Interest Index – October 2019

auSSII solar report - October 2019

September saw plenty of interest from Australians wanting to purchase a solar power system – find out what they were wanting to have installed in the latest auSSII report.

Solar Panel System Size

Of those who used the SolarQuotes quoting service in September, 70% indicated a system size they were interested in (same as August). 73% of this group wanted pricing and details on 6kW solar or larger; a figure that has been continuing to climb – 72% in August, 69% in July and 67% in June. Interest in 3kW systems persists in its downward trajectory, with just 2.5% selecting this size (3% in August and 3.5% in July). Learn more about why bigger solar is (usually) better.

Solar panel system capacity preference - September 2019

Buying Solar – Timeframe

Interest in buying a system immediately increased to 21% last month (19% in August, 18% in July). Just under 87% were keen on purchasing a system anytime from now to within 3 months (August/July 84%).

Solar buying timeframe - September 2019

Quality And Price Considerations

13% were interested a “top quality” (most expensive) system in September – this has usually sat around the 12-13% mark for some time. Again in September, 79% were wanting details on a system offering a balance between quality and price . 7% were considering a good budget system.

PV price vs. quality choice during September 2019

Solar Power System Monitoring

There continues to be very strong interest in optional advanced solar monitoring, with 67% indicating they wanted further information/pricing on this feature (66% in August, 63% in July).

Solar Power System Monitoring - September 2019

Battery Ready Solar Systems

Interest in “battery-ready” solar systems bounced back up a bit to 24% – it had been dropping each month for a while and then leveled out at 23% in August. Even though most solar installations are considered “battery-ready”, we ask this question when gathering details to assist prospective installers preparing quotes with system design.

Battery Ready Solar Choice - September 2019

Solar PV + Energy Storage

Solar batteries attract a lot of media attention, but new potential new solar owners still don’t seem to be all that interested. That’s a good thing as in the majority of cases, it still remains a battery won’t pay for itself within its warranty period.

In September, 5.5% expressed interest in having a home battery installed at the same time as their solar panels (August 5.5% and July 5%).

Concurrent PV + battery storage installation - September 2019

Solar Battery Capacity

For those who did want solar batteries and noted size (capacity), 16% opted for 1-5kWh (19% in August), 44% for 5-10kWh (same as August) and 39% a 10kWh+ storage system (37% August). The proportion wanting advice on battery capacity crept up to 56% (53% in August, 58% in July). Prospective buyers in this category have been above the 50% mark since we started publishing the auSSII.

Battery capacity preference September 2019

Primary Use Of Battery

Those wanting a battery primarily for backup purposes jumped in September, but still remain very much a minority – 7% (3% in August, 5% in July). Around 41% were wanting energy storage mainly for minimising grid electricity consumption (46% in August) and 51% wanted a battery for both applications (same as August).

Intended solar energy storage application - September 2019

Quarterly Electricity Costs

Where quarterly electricity bills were known, 49% of Australians using our service indicated a range between $500 and $1,000 (45% in August). Those hit with bills above $1,000 a quarter increased to 13% in September (August, 11%; July, 9%)

Australian quarterly power bills - September 2019

About The auSSII

Thousands of Australians use our quoting service every month in order to get up to three quotes from trusted solar installers pre-vetted by SolarQuotes – and the auSSII report is based on the information they submit.

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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.

Comments

  1. Why is the System Size Preference graph not including a National component?

    Also, in that graph, size categories are for each of the integer kW values, plus a “6+” category. I suggest that it would be useful to include a “6.6”, or, “6.66” category, as the maximum panels capacity for the 5kW inverter limit for single phase connections, and, a “>6.6” category, for everything bigger.

  2. Michael Bloch says

    Thank you for pointing out the missing “national” component on the system size preference graph. Graph has been updated.

    Re: the 6kW+ category, that is because the quote form only offers that option i.e. “more than 6kW” – there is no 6.6/6.66kW system selection on our form.

  3. Perhaps, due to the contextual significance of the 6.6/6.66kW system size, a category for that size, could be added to the quote form; thence, to the resultant survey data?

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