Solar Power Information - Adelaide, SA, 5000

If you're considering installing solar panels for your Adelaide home (and/or a battery), this page offers useful related information and interesting statistics for Adelaide and the 5000 postcode area in South Australia.

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Postcode 5000 Solar Power Statistics

In Adelaide's postcode area (5000), more than 1,180 small-scale systems have been installed with a collective capacity of 14,568 kW as at January 31, 2024.

Given a population of 14,617, this works out to 997 watts per person in the area, compared to a 947 watts Australian average. There are approximately 10,257 dwellings in the 5000 area, so that calculates out at 12 solar panel systems per 100 dwellings - the Australian average is 36.

Based on a conservative average of 58,995 kWh of energy production a day (enough to power the equivalent of 3,687 homes) and retail electricity costs of 42c per kilowatt-hour; Adelaide and 5000 postcode area residents are collectively generating $9,043,985 of energy at retail prices a year!

Adelaide solar power system owners are also contributing to greenhouse gas emission reduction, with the systems in 5000 region avoiding 10,982 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Installing Solar Panels In Adelaide?

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Solar Energy Resources In Adelaide

Adelaide experiences solar irradiation levels reaching approximately 4.83 kilowatt-hours per square metre per day on average over a year. The following graph shows solar irradiation/output levels per kilowatt of installed solar panels in the 5000 area per month.

Daily/Monthly System Energy Output Estimates

Here's what you can expect to generate with various sized solar power systems in the Adelaide area, assuming good quality components, a suitable rooftop and professional, accredited solar installation.

Annual Electricity Output Estimates

Based on the above, the following is what you should be able to expect from a solar panel installation in Adelaide in terms of annual solar energy output for the location, on average:

  • 5kW system - 7,391 kWh (equivalent to ~127% of annual electricity consumption)
  • 6kW system - 8,869 kWh (~152%)
  • 10kW system - 14,781 kWh (~253%)
  • 13kW system - 19,215 kWh (~329%)

Optimal Panel Angle And Orientation

Rooftop solar panels installed in Adelaide, South Australia should generally face North for the best results. For a good panel angle, the general rule of thumb is it should be around the same as latitude. In Adelaide's case, that is 34 degrees - but usually whatever your rooftop angle is will be fine (unless it's under 10 degrees - then tilt frames may be needed).

Feed In Tariffs In South Australia

As well as providing your home with electricity, Adelaide solar system installation owners can be paid for surplus energy generated. In SA, feed-in tariffs generally currently range from 5c to 10c per kilowatt-hour exported - so, it's important to compare energy retailers for the best electricity plan in the 5000 area.

Adelaide Solar Energy Savings

Based on a 6.6kW system installation, a self-consumption rate of 40% and the low end of the feed in tariff range rate of 5c, Adelaide solar power system owners can expect to save $1,932 per year.

Adelaide City Council Requirements.

At the time of publishing, there are special requirements involved with installing solar panels in the Adelaide City Council area. Circumstances where approval is required include if the property is State Heritage listed or in the case of a Local Heritage designation, the solar panels are positioned in a way they are visible to a person standing in a public street; including laneways. Approval will also be required where the solar panels collectively exceed 100kg unless the weight of the panels is distributed so that it doesn\'t exceed 100kg at any point on the roof, the panels are fitted parallel to the roof with their underside surface no more than 100 mm above the surface of the roof.

It's important to check with Adelaide City Council regarding any potential changes before proceeding with installation. For further information, prospective solar owners in Adelaide should visit this page.

Network Grid Connection Requirements In South Australia

A series of steps must be completed in South Australia involving you, your network distributor and your installer - but your installer will do most of the administrative heavy lifting. Learn more about the grid connection process in South Australia.

Solar Panel Installers In Adelaide

In our network we have quality, thoroughly pre-vetted solar power system installers servicing Adelaide. If you're ready to get quotes from installation professionals we know and trust:

Installing A Solar Battery In Adelaide

Households across Australia are increasingly thinking of installing a home battery; either as an addition/upgrade to an existing PV system, or installed concurrently with solar panels. Whether batteries will make sense for your Adelaide home will depend on various factors. 

We have solar battery installers within our network providing services to Adelaide who can advise you on home energy storage as a retrofit upgrade or part of a full solar + battery system installation - and provide a quote.

If you have any questions regarding choosing, buying and installing solar panels in Adelaide (or a home battery), feel free to contact us.

Adelaide Data Sources And Notes

Data sources used above for solar power information in Adelaide SA 5000 include:

  • Census 2021 - Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • Clean Energy Regulator data for postcode 5000 current as at January 31, 2024.
  • Adelaide City Council - South Australia

Some additional notes:

  • Household electricity consumption in Adelaide is based on the Australian average of 16kWh a day.
  • Carbon intensity based on the South Australia average of 0.51kg per kilowatt-hour.

Bureau of Meteorology details are based on your nearest weather station, which is North Adelaide , coordinates 34°54'59" S 138°35'42" E, around 1.1 km from the centre of Adelaide.

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