Queensland, the sunshine state. Famous for its beaches, weather and fresh produce – but it could also be famous for its use of solar. Due to longer daylight hours, Queenslanders have a great opportunity to take advantage of all that sunlight and invest in a solar system for their home, helping save money and reducing energy costs.
Queenslanders see an average of nine to 10 hours of sunshine a day (without interference from longer shadows caused by sunrise and sunset) – more than other parts of the country. Having your panels spend more time in direct sunlight means more time producing energy and generally more efficient production. And more efficient energy production means less reliance on the grid and lower energy bills.
Did you know?
The angle of the sun can vary greatly across the eastern seaboard in Australia. The optimal placement of panels in relation to the sun can vary by up to 10° and can have a large impact on the time your panels spend in direct sunlight.
The sunshine state.
Recent statistics have suggested that solar PV or rooftop solar systems are the second highest energy producer in Queensland. The research showed that rooftop solar produces over 1,476 gigawatts of power annually, and is installed on almost three out of 10 homes in the south east of the state.
For Queenslanders looking to make the most of this natural advantage, AGL maintains feed-in tariffs for energy that you export to the grid. So when you’re out at work and the panels are soaking up all that sunlight, the energy they produce cuts down your electricity bills. Any excess energy produced flows back into the grid so you’ll be credited for the surplus.
Business owners who operate during the day across the sunshine state are in a perfect position to make use of solar. Businesses like cafés or farming operations that use electricity during the day are all sitting pretty when it comes to powering their businesses. As more of the state moves toward solar power, residents have the opportunity to be less reliant on the grid and become more self-sustaining.
If you live in Queensland – whether you run a business or own a home – the real reason to make the most of solar energy is to save money by using a free and renewable source of energy that is right outside. From the long and sun-filled days, to the feed-in tariffs and business benefits, Queensland really is the sunshine state.