Solar Power Information - Birdwood, SA, 5234

If you're considering installing solar panels for your Birdwood home, this page offers useful related information and interesting statistics for Birdwood and the 5234 postcode area in South Australia.

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Postcode 5234 Solar Power Statistics

In Birdwood's postcode area (5234), more than 334 small-scale systems have been installed with a collective capacity of 1,886 kW as at October 31, 2021.

Given a population of 1,240, this works out to 1,521 watts per person in the area, compared to a 671 watts Australian average. There are approximately 506 dwellings in the 5234 area, so that calculates out at 66 solar panel systems per 100 dwellings - the Australian average is 32.

Based on a conservative average of 7,511 kWh of energy production a day (enough to power the equivalent of 469 homes) and retail electricity costs of 37c per kilowatt-hour; Birdwood and 5234 postcode area residents are collectively generating $1,014,311 of energy at retail prices a year!

Birdwood solar power system owners are also contributing to greenhouse gas emission reduction, with the systems in 5234 region avoiding 1,398 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Installing Solar Panels In Birdwood?

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Solar Energy Resources In Birdwood

Birdwood experiences solar irradiation levels reaching approximately 4.75 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 5234 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 Birdwood 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 Birdwood in terms of annual solar energy output for the location, on average:

  • 3kW system - 4,361 kWh (equivalent to ~75% of annual electricity consumption)
  • 4kW system - 5,815 kWh (~100%)
  • 5kW system - 7,268 kWh (~124%)
  • 6kW system - 8,722 kWh (~149%)

Optimal Panel Angle And Orientation

Rooftop solar panels installed in Birdwood, 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 Birdwood'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, Birdwood solar system installation owners can be paid for surplus energy generated. In SA, feed in tariffs currently range from 8c to 17c per kilowatt-hour exported - so, it's important to compare energy retailers for the best electricity plan in the 5234 area.

Birdwood Solar Energy Savings

Based on a 6kW system installation, a self-consumption rate of 50% and the low end of the feed in tariff range rate of 8c, Birdwood solar power system owners can expect to save $1,962 per year.

Adelaide Hills Council Requirements.

At the time of publishing, there are special requirements involved with installing solar panels in the Adelaide Hills Council area. Circumstances where approval is required include where if installed on a Local Heritage listed building and part of the system will be able to be seen by a person standing at ground level in a public street. Approval is also required where panels have a total weight exceeding 100kg, or where panels overhang any part of the roof, or where with panels that won't be fitted parallel to the roof with the underside surface of the panel being more than 100mm above the surface of the roof.

It's important to check with Adelaide Hills Council regarding any potential changes before proceeding with installation. For further information, prospective solar owners in Birdwood 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 Birdwood

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

If you have any questions regarding choosing, buying and installing solar panels in Birdwood, feel free to contact us.

Birdwood Data Sources And Notes

Data sources used above for solar power information in Birdwood SA 5234 include:

  • Census 2016 - Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • Clean Energy Regulator data for postcode 5234 current as at October 31, 2021.
  • Adelaide Hills Council - South Australia

Some additional notes:

  • Household electricity consumption in Birdwood 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 Birdwood , coordinates 34°48'59" S 138°57'55" E, around 1.1 km from the centre of Birdwood.

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