Solar Power Information - Orbost, VIC, 3888

If you're considering installing solar panels for your Orbost home, this page offers useful related information and interesting statistics for Orbost and the 3888 postcode area in Victoria.

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Postcode 3888 Solar Power Statistics

In Orbost's postcode area (3888), more than 632 small-scale systems have been installed with a collective capacity of 3,159 kW as at April 30, 2022.

Given a population of 2,950, this works out to 1,071 watts per person in the area, compared to a 730 watts Australian average. There are approximately 1,876 dwellings in the 3888 area, so that calculates out at 34 solar panel systems per 100 dwellings - the Australian average is 34.

Based on a conservative average of 10,965 kWh of energy production a day (enough to power the equivalent of 685 homes) and retail electricity costs of 24c per kilowatt-hour; Orbost and 3888 postcode area residents are collectively generating $960,560 of energy at retail prices a year!

Orbost solar power system owners are also contributing to greenhouse gas emission reduction, with the systems in 3888 region avoiding 4,282 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Installing Solar Panels In Orbost?

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Solar Energy Resources In Orbost

Orbost experiences solar irradiation levels reaching approximately 4.14 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 3888 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 Orbost 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 Orbost in terms of annual solar energy output for the location, on average:

  • 3kW system - 3,801 kWh (equivalent to ~65% of annual electricity consumption)
  • 4kW system - 5,068 kWh (~87%)
  • 5kW system - 6,335 kWh (~108%)
  • 6kW system - 7,602 kWh (~130%)

Optimal Panel Angle And Orientation

Rooftop solar panels installed in Orbost, Victoria 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 Orbost's case, that is 37 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 Victoria

As well as providing your home with electricity, Orbost solar system installation owners can be paid for surplus energy generated. In VIC, feed in tariffs currently range from 10c to 20c per kilowatt-hour exported - so, it's important to compare energy retailers for the best electricity plan in the 3888 area.

Orbost 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 10c, Orbost solar power system owners can expect to save $1,292 per year.

East Gippsland Shire Council Requirements.

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

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

Network Grid Connection Requirements In Victoria

A series of steps must be completed in Victoria 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 Victoria.

Solar Panel Installers In Orbost

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Installing A Solar Battery In Orbost

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 Orbost home will depend on various factors. 

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

Orbost Data Sources And Notes

Data sources used above for solar power information in Orbost VIC 3888 include:

  • Census 2016 - Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • Clean Energy Regulator data for postcode 3888 current as at April 30, 2022.
  • East Gippsland Shire Council - Victoria

Some additional notes:

  • Household electricity consumption in Orbost is based on the Australian average of 16kWh a day.
  • Carbon intensity based on the Victoria average of 1.07kg per kilowatt-hour.

Bureau of Meteorology details are based on your nearest weather station, which is Orbost Srwsc , coordinates 37°42'5" S 148°27'25" E, around 684 metres from the centre of Orbost.

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