Solar Power

Solar specialists

With increasing energy prices a certainty, don’t wait any longer for Solar. With over 30 years in the industry the Toowoomba Solar Centre can tailor solar solutions to your home, office, community organisation or commercial project.

Solar specialists

With financed options to make your purchase easier we provide grid and off-grid/standalone solutions. Talk to us about the incentives and grants available to reduce the cost of your system and reduce your payback period.

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How solar works

A residential solar energy system uses solar panels to absorb the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity for your household needs. The most common type is a grid-tied system, one that is connected to your electric power company or electricity grid. This flexible system allows you to use solar electricity during the day and then draw power from the grid at night or when you need more than what your system can generate.

  • Sunlight hits the solar panels on your roof. The panels absorb photons from the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity. Conversion to solar power begins almost immediately on contact. The electricity generated by the panels is direct current (DC power).
  • An inverter, typically installed on your garage wall, converts the DC power into alternating current (AC power), which is required for your household needs, powering lights, appliances like TVs, washers, dryers, refrigerators, and other electrical devices.
  • When you produce more electricity than you consume, the excess is sent to the grid.

Learn how solar power can eliminate up to 100% of your electricity bill

Why solar?

Save money

On July 1st 2010, the cost of power in Queensland increased by 13% and another 6.6% in 2011. The best way to shield your family against the ever-increasing costs of energy is to install a photovoltaic grid-connect solar system. Solar is at its most affordable stage. With generous Solar Government Incentives currently available, there has never been a better time to switch to solar power.

Protect the environment

Did you know that electricity generation is responsible for approximately 60% of Australia’s carbon emissions? Installing a grid-connect solar system for your home is the simplest and most effective way to significantly reduce your carbon emissions. By installing a 1.5kW solar system, the average household will cut their energy use by up to 40%. By installing solar in your home, you are doing your part to save the planet and provide a clean, green future for your children and your children’s children.

Sell back to the grid and save

Any excess power generated by your solar system not needed in your home is fed back to the electricity grid and sold to your electricity supplier for an extra credit on your power bill. This is called the Solar Bonus Scheme, a feed-in tariff where Queensland consumers can receive 44 cents per kilowatt-hour for all surplus energy exported back to the electricity grid by their rooftop solar systems. The feed-in tariff rate is guaranteed until the year 2028 and is more than double the current domestic use tariff of 22.76 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Increase the walue of your home

Eco-friendly homes are valued higher on the property market and the demand for sustainable houses is constantly increasing. In fact, new homes built in Queensland must now meet sustainability standards. From January 1, 2010, a sustainability declaration must be completed by the seller of any house, townhouse or unit to inform the buyers about the sustainability features of a property in four key areas: energy; water; access; and safety.

Increase value of your home

Discounts and incentives

The Solar Credits Scheme provides you with thousands of dollars of upfront discount off the purchase of a photovoltaic grid-connect solar systems through the value of Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). The Solar Credits Scheme is available to residential, commercial and rental properties and is not means tested.

From July 1st 2011 the Solar Credits Scheme incentive will decrease, significantly reducing the upfront discount you receive off rooftop solar systems. If you have been considering solar, enquire now so you don’t miss out on the highest solar discount.