Solar Power Information - Tennant Creek, NT, 860

If you're considering installing solar panels for your Tennant Creek home, this page offers useful related information and interesting statistics for Tennant Creek and the 860 postcode area in Northern Territory.

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Postcode 860 Solar Power Statistics

In Tennant Creek's postcode area (860), more than 144 small-scale systems have been installed with a collective capacity of 924 kW as at November 30, 2021.

Given a population of 2,511, this works out to 368 watts per person in the area, compared to a 683 watts Australian average. There are approximately 1,237 dwellings in the 860 area, so that calculates out at 12 solar panel systems per 100 dwellings - the Australian average is 32.

Based on a conservative average of 4,840 kWh of energy production a day (enough to power the equivalent of 302 homes) and retail electricity costs of 26c per kilowatt-hour; Tennant Creek and 860 postcode area residents are collectively generating $459,290 of energy at retail prices a year!

Tennant Creek solar power system owners are also contributing to greenhouse gas emission reduction, with the systems in 860 region avoiding 1,131 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

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Solar Energy Resources In Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek experiences solar irradiation levels reaching approximately 6.25 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 860 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 Tennant Creek 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 Tennant Creek in terms of annual solar energy output for the location, on average:

  • 3kW system - 5,738 kWh (equivalent to ~98% of annual electricity consumption)
  • 4kW system - 7,651 kWh (~131%)
  • 5kW system - 9,563 kWh (~164%)
  • 6kW system - 11,476 kWh (~197%)

Optimal Panel Angle And Orientation

Rooftop solar panels installed in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory 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 Tennant Creek's case, that is 19 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 Northern Territory

As well as providing your home with electricity, Tennant Creek solar system installation owners can be paid for surplus energy generated. In NT, feed in tariffs currently range from 8c to 8c per kilowatt-hour exported - so, it's important to compare energy retailers for the best electricity plan in the 860 area.

Tennant Creek 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, Tennant Creek solar power system owners can expect to save $1,951 per year.

Barkly Regional Council Requirements.

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

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

Network Grid Connection Requirements In Northern Territory

A series of steps must be completed in Northern Territory 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 Northern Territory.

Solar Panel Installers In Tennant Creek

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Tennant Creek Data Sources And Notes

Data sources used above for solar power information in Tennant Creek NT 860 include:

  • Census 2016 - Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • Clean Energy Regulator data for postcode 860 current as at November 30, 2021.
  • Barkly Regional Council - Northern Territory

Some additional notes:

  • Household electricity consumption in Tennant Creek is based on the Australian average of 16kWh a day.
  • Carbon intensity based on the Northern Territory average of 0.64kg per kilowatt-hour.

Bureau of Meteorology details are based on your nearest weather station, which is Tennant Creek Post Office , coordinates 19°38'51" S 134°11'23" E, around 260 metres from the centre of Tennant Creek.

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