The Advantages of Installing Solar Panels in Homes

The latest industry figures show that solar panels are gaining wide acceptance in the Australian energy market, and the demand from consumers and companies is increasing at a pace faster than what industry observers had predicted.

Australians have been installing solar panels of more than 3 gigawatts, one of the highest in the world, which is why the electricity industry must pay attention.

No Need to Pay More

Recently, the Australian Energy Market Commission said that energy companies want homes and establishments that use solar energy to pay more allegedly because they’re benefitting from cross-subsidies. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this should not be allowed for many reasons. First of all, homes that have taken solar quotes and installed panels the past year did so on the understanding they won’t pay more. Second, singling out homes that use solar energy is blatantly discriminatory.

Why Target Solar Energy?

One reason could be that electricity companies are worried solar powered homes won’t purchase as much electricity and their profits will be reduced. This is no excuse, and instead of finding fault or asking the Australian government to impose higher rates on solar powered homes, energy companies should embrace the new technology and accept it for what it is.

The fact is that solar energy represents a cleaner, better way to power homes without harming the environment. Not only have studies shown than solar power is effective, but it is also cheaper on the pockets of consumers, hence its growing popularity. The fact of the matter is solar energy is changing the way the electricity market is run, so it’s time that businesses come to terms with it. Contrary to what these companies may believe, solar energy will benefit everyone in the end, and using solar power will be good for consumers and businesses too.

The Author

I took an interest in the Australian energy sector close to ten years ago and since then have monitored the trends, technologies and direction of the Australian Energy Market. I was drawn to the Australian solar market in 2008 and since then have worked heavily in the field. I am partnered with national and international solar energy companies, from manufacturers of solar panel and inverter technology, online software developers that introduce tools to quote, monitor and manage solar power systems and media organisations who like myself, closely monitor the solar and renewable energy sector.

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