Why Autumn is a Great Time to Install Solar

Why Autumn is a Great Time to Install Solar

Written by Infinite Energy

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With plenty of warm, sunny weather still to come, autumn is a great time install a solar PV system on your roof. To find out why, read on.

 

1) Great weather

While in another country or continent we might recommend not installing panels in autumn, thanks to our high rate of sunny, clear days, this is not the case for most parts of Australia, in particular WA and Queensland.

Perth 2016:

Month Hours of Sunlight (Mean) Number of days with rain above 1mm Min Temp (Mean) Max Temp (Mean)
March 7.4 3 17.9°C 29.6°C
April 6.4 11 15.3°C 25.0°C
May 6.6 13 10.1°C 20.8°C

With just 27 out of 92 days recording above 1mm of rain, 70% of autumn days in 2016 were clear for Perth.

Brisbane 2016:

Month Hours of Sunlight (Mean) Number of days with rain above 1mm Min Temp (Mean) Max Temp (Mean)
March 8.6 13 20.7°C 29.6°C
April 7.9 5 18.5°C 28.8°C
May 8.3 3 15.0°C 27.0°C

Autumn in Brisbane brings with it long days, little rain, and balmy weather, creating the perfect conditions for solar generation.

Contrary to popular belief, panels do not work better when the weather is extremely warm, in fact, some productions can suffer under extremely hot days (35 degrees +). With an average maximum temperature of around 25°C for Perth and 28°C for Brisbane, autumn is the perfect season for solar generation, and thus installation.

 

2) Get ready for winter

Installing in autumn also means you’ll have your solar PV system set up in time to offset high electricity bills associated with increased heater/air-conditioning usage in winter.

Winter in 2016 was one of the coldest for Perth on record, and many homeowners in the state were stung with significantly higher electricity bills than normal.

With winter in Australia still producing a high number of sunny, clear days, your system will still be generating a considerable amount to help offset your bills. 


3) Beat the spring/summer rush

Spring and summer are traditionally a solar provider’s busiest time of year, and can lead to wait times of around four or six weeks for installation.

Installing your solar PV system in autumn can drastically reduce wait times, meaning you start saving on your electricity bills sooner, and are ready for the warmer months as soon as spring and summer arrive.

 

The Bottom Line

While autumn may not be as hot as summer or as sunny as spring, the season’s reduced temperatures are actually a bonus for a solar PV system’s generation.

Plus, due to the phase out of government incentives, otherwise known at STCs, scheduled for January 1 every year, we recommend you install solar as soon as possible (or at least before the following year) in order to secure the current STC incentives and maximise your savings.

To find out how much going solar you could save you on your electricity bills, request a no obligation quote today, or call us on 1300 074 669.

 

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