Solar Power Information - Mount Barker, SA, 5251

If you're considering installing solar panels for your Mount Barker home (and/or a battery), this page offers useful related information and interesting statistics for Mount Barker and the 5251 postcode area in South Australia.

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Postcode 5251 Solar Power Statistics

In Mount Barker's postcode area (5251), more than 5,181 small-scale systems have been installed with a collective capacity of 36,593 kW as at April 30, 2024.

Given a population of 18,123, this works out to 2,019 watts per person in the area, compared to a 982 watts Australian average. There are approximately 7,844 dwellings in the 5251 area, so that calculates out at 66 solar panel systems per 100 dwellings - the Australian average is 37.

Based on a conservative average of 143,892 kWh of energy production a day (enough to power the equivalent of 8,993 homes) and retail electricity costs of 42c per kilowatt-hour; Mount Barker and 5251 postcode area residents are collectively generating $22,058,622 of energy at retail prices a year!

Mount Barker solar power system owners are also contributing to greenhouse gas emission reduction, with the systems in 5251 region avoiding 26,785 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Installing Solar Panels In Mount Barker?

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Solar Energy Resources In Mount Barker

Mount Barker experiences solar irradiation levels reaching approximately 4.69 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 5251 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 Mount Barker 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 Mount Barker in terms of annual solar energy output for the location, on average:

  • 5kW system - 7,176 kWh (equivalent to ~123% of annual electricity consumption)
  • 6kW system - 8,612 kWh (~147%)
  • 10kW system - 14,353 kWh (~246%)
  • 13kW system - 18,658 kWh (~319%)

Optimal Panel Angle And Orientation

Rooftop solar panels installed in Mount Barker, 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 Mount Barker's case, that is 35 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, Mount Barker 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 5251 area.

Mount Barker 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, Mount Barker solar power system owners can expect to save $1,876 per year.

Mount Barker Council Requirements.

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

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

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Installing A Solar Battery In Mount Barker

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 Mount Barker home will depend on various factors. 

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

Mount Barker Data Sources And Notes

Data sources used above for solar power information in Mount Barker SA 5251 include:

  • Census 2021 - Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • Clean Energy Regulator data for postcode 5251 current as at April 30, 2024.
  • Mount Barker Council - South Australia

Some additional notes:

  • Household electricity consumption in Mount Barker 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 Mount Barker , coordinates 35°4'24" S 138°50'48" E, around 1.5 km from the centre of Mount Barker.

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