Solar Plumbers In Hot Demand

There is a large demand for trained craftsmen in Australia due to the recently announced government rebates that can be issued if a home installs a hot water heater that is run by solar energy instead of electric.

If the initiative is successful and all homes took advantage of the funding to install the solar water heaters it is estimated that green house emissions in Australia would reduce by approximately 12 million tons a year.

Due to the fact that over four million homes are eligible to receive the rebates without proof of need many people are heading out to find companies willing to install the solar hot water heaters. So many in fact that the suppliers are in drastic need of more trained plumbers, suppliers, electricians, and factory workers.

Backing the high demand for rebates is the fact that a home with a solar hot water heater will save homeowners about 70% on their energy costs for hot water versus the amount they currently pay for an electric hot water heater.

In the current economy a rise in trade and factory jobs is welcomed by most people alongside a need to reduce the monthly budget both of which are addressed by the rebates. Many laid off miners are also taking advantage of the current solar boom to get their employment back on track.

About Finn Peacock

I'm a Chartered Electrical Engineer, Solar and Energy Efficiency nut, dad, and founder of My last "real job" was working for the CSIRO in their renewable energy division.


  1. We live in North Queensland and have a detached Bungalow. We been looking at installing a Solarhart hot water unit on the main residence – whilst it is the end cost ($4000) that’s important I have found the installation cost to be nearly as high as the cost of the unit as the cost of just about everything you would expect to be part of the unit is offloaded to installation.I already have a panel array of 1.5 kw and I’m considering adding another 3.5 kw system ($7000) instead of the solar hot water with the idea of running many items on tariff 11 but on timers during peak daylight hours.(2 x 250 liter hot water units ,pool pump ,freezers ect ). As the air Conditioners (2) run mainly during daylight hours anyway this seems a better way to go – whats your thoughts ?

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