Australian Solar Systems Interest Index – June 2020 – Solar Quotes

Australian solar power report covering May 2020

Interest from Australians in purchasing an electricity bill-busting solar power system showed no signs of slowing in May – and prospective buyers were again thinking big.

Solar System Capacity Selection

In May, close to 82% of Australians using our service who had a system size in mind wanted a 6kW solar system or larger. The proportion has been increasing fairly steadily this year and the gap between interest in 6kW capacity and those wanting an even bigger system is continuing to close up.

Solar power system size choice in May 2020

Solar Purchasing Timeframe

Interest in signing on the dotted line for a system immediately dropped from 23% in April to a little under 22% in May. Once again, 98% who requested quotes were considering buying any time from immediately to within 3 months.

Solar purchasing intent in May 2020

Price Vs. Quality

Also dropping slightly was the proportion of potential solar buyers wanting a “top quality” (most expensive) solar power system at just over 12% (13% in April), while 78% were wanting a system offering a balance between quality and cost, and 9% a good quality budget system.

Solar power system pricing vs. quality - May 2020

Consumption Monitoring Option

There was quite a jump in interest in advanced solar monitoring, from 67% in April (65% in March, February and January), to close to 70% in May.

Advanced Solar Consumption Monitoring interest in May 2020

Microinverter Option

Interest in microinverters eased to just over 14%. (April:15%, March:16%, February:18%). As mentioned last month, perhaps there’s some price sensitivity as microinverters will add to the cost of a system.

It will be interesting to see what happens once Enphase releases the IQ8 here in Australia. You can learn more about microinverters here, but one of the benefits not mentioned on that page we’ll see with the IQ8 is “stand-alone” functionality, enabling a home without a battery to continue making use of solar energy in a blackout. A currently available string inverter with this feature is the Delta E5.

Microinverter interest in May 2020

Battery Ready Systems

While just about all solar power system are “battery ready”; some are more ready than others – so we ask a question about this on our quote request form to help potential installers with system design aspects. Close to 11% indicated interest in a battery ready solar power system in May – down on April’s 12%.

Battery-ready system interest in May 2020

Concurrent Solar + Battery Installation

We’re still not seeing any real indication of a home battery revolution here in Australia among new solar system buyers. Only a whisker over 7% expressed interest in a concurrent battery installation in May (8% in April and 6% for some months prior).

Concurrent solar + battery install - May 2020

Our newish solar and battery calculator continues to see significant use, which is very handy for households considering energy storage. Not only does it provide full system payback details, it also shows how savings are affected by a battery and solar panels separately – and Australians will be discovering solar-only provides the best bang for buck.

A few years back, there were some very optimistic predictions made for home solar battery uptake in Australia that haven’t even come close to eventuating. As for what went wrong, SQ’s Ronald tackles the topic in-depth in this recent article; but basically it’s all about the bucks.

Battery Capacity

Where interest in a concurrent battery installation was indicated and a capacity range known, just over 11% wanting pricing and details on 1-5kWh battery system. (April: 13%, March: 15%, February: 16%). 50% were interested in 5-10kWh (April: 48%: March: 45%, February: 41%), and 38% in 10kWh+ (April: 39% March: 40%, February: 43%).

There’s a trend towards 5-10kWh increasingly considered the sweet spot by potential buyers. As to whether that’s what they end up with is a different story and there are still many considering batteries wanting advice on sizing – 55% in May, up from ~51% in April.

Battery capacity - May 2020

Primary Battery Use

There was a jump in the proportion wanting a battery primarily for backup last month; from 3% in April to close to 6% in May. Around 35% were wanting a battery mainly for minimising grid use (36% in April) and 59% for both applications (61% in April).

Primary battery use indicated - May 2020

Quarterly Electricity Bills

Where electricity bill amounts were known, 48% indicated their quarterly bills were between $500 and $1,000 on average – that’s up a little on April, March and February’s 46%.  However, just under 11% were paying $1,000 or more – down on April and March’s 12%.

Quarterly electricity bills - May 2020

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