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SUNNY REGARDS FROM 2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW

2018 was a big year for the solar industry with the Clean Energy Regulator reporting that 1 in 5 homes has now installed rooftop solar in Australia (November, 2018). This growth is reflective of the decreasing price of systems, advancing technologies and increasing electricity prices which are reportedly now double what they were a decade ago (SMH 2018).

Other factors that contributed to this growth in 2018 were the introduction of the Victorian Government rebate, offering up to 50% off an average 4kW solar panel system (which currently equates to $2,225) for eligible houses, and the continuation of the Next Generation Energy Storage Grant (NextGen) in the ACT. Both have been key in helping renewable energy solutions such as solar PV panels and batteries be a more financially achievable option for the wider community. The uptake of batteries as a result saw the ACT Government celebrate the 1000th battery sold under NextGen in November 2018, with more than 50% having been installed by SolarHub (SolarHub, 2018).

This increased demand for quality solar solutions has been noticeable, and SolarHub have responded by expanding our ACT team, and establishing an office in Batemans Bay, NSW. This growth will not only allow SolarHub to offer a wider local presence, but will also assist in the expansion of the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) which connects SolarHub smart battery users through the Reposit Power VPP platform. The VPP was the recipient of several awards in 2018, including the Solar Cutters and the Sir William Hudson Award (Reposit, 2018) .

SolarHub’s aim of providing leading edge and quality technologies for their customers also saw the re-introduction of the Fronius inverter in 2018, providing our residential customers with another high-quality string-inverter option.

And now with 2019 already starting off with blistering hot weather throughout Australia, it may be the year to consider a solar system. To find out more, contact us today on sales@solarhub.net.au and let’s make 2019 an even bigger year for renewable energy.

Sunny regards, SolarHub.