Solar Power Information - Caloundra, QLD, 4551

If you're considering installing solar panels for your Caloundra home, this page offers useful related information and interesting statistics for Caloundra and the 4551 postcode area in Queensland.

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Postcode 4551 Solar Power Statistics

In Caloundra's postcode area (4551), more than 15,096 small-scale systems have been installed with a collective capacity of 70,108 kW as at April 30, 2022.

Given a population of 52,814, this works out to 1,327 watts per person in the area, compared to a 730 watts Australian average. There are approximately 25,260 dwellings in the 4551 area, so that calculates out at 60 solar panel systems per 100 dwellings - the Australian average is 34.

Based on a conservative average of 312,126 kWh of energy production a day (enough to power the equivalent of 19,508 homes) and retail electricity costs of 26c per kilowatt-hour; Caloundra and 4551 postcode area residents are collectively generating $29,620,747 of energy at retail prices a year!

Caloundra solar power system owners are also contributing to greenhouse gas emission reduction, with the systems in 4551 region avoiding 91,141 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Installing Solar Panels In Caloundra?

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Solar Energy Resources In Caloundra

Caloundra experiences solar irradiation levels reaching approximately 5.31 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 4551 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 Caloundra 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 Caloundra in terms of annual solar energy output for the location, on average:

  • 3kW system - 4,875 kWh (equivalent to ~83% of annual electricity consumption)
  • 4kW system - 6,500 kWh (~111%)
  • 5kW system - 8,125 kWh (~139%)
  • 6kW system - 9,750 kWh (~167%)

Optimal Panel Angle And Orientation

Rooftop solar panels installed in Caloundra, Queensland 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 Caloundra's case, that is 26 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 Queensland

As well as providing your home with electricity, Caloundra solar system installation owners can be paid for surplus energy generated. In QLD, feed in tariffs currently range from 6c to 15c per kilowatt-hour exported - so, it's important to compare energy retailers for the best electricity plan in the 4551 area.

Caloundra 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 6c, Caloundra solar power system owners can expect to save $1,560 per year.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council Requirements.

At the time of publishing, there do not appear to be any special requirements involved with installing solar panels in the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area.

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

Network Grid Connection Requirements In Queensland

A series of steps must be completed in Queensland 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 Queensland.

Solar Panel Installers In Caloundra

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

Installing A Solar Battery In Caloundra

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 Caloundra home will depend on various factors. 

We have solar battery installers within our network providing services to Caloundra 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 Caloundra (or a home battery), feel free to contact us.

Caloundra Data Sources And Notes

Data sources used above for solar power information in Caloundra QLD 4551 include:

  • Census 2016 - Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • Clean Energy Regulator data for postcode 4551 current as at April 30, 2022.
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Queensland

Some additional notes:

  • Household electricity consumption in Caloundra is based on the Australian average of 16kWh a day.
  • Carbon intensity based on the Queensland average of 0.8kg per kilowatt-hour.

Bureau of Meteorology details are based on your nearest weather station, which is Caloundra Post Office , coordinates 26°48'30" S 153°8'18" E, around 888 metres from the centre of Caloundra.

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