The Price of a 10kW Solar Power System For Sydney In 2020

Thanks to record low prices and generous government incentives, it is now becoming common for a family household to install a 10kW solar system for around $10,000!

Let’s have a look at a few of the key numbers including the price of a 10kW solar power system, and the brands you should be considering for a system of this size.

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With electric cars on the horizon and battery storage now available, we recommend most households install a system of this size if there is enough roof space. It’s future proof, and with great feed-in tariffs currently available we now have many customers enjoying a credit from the energy retailer every quarter thanks to a 10kW solar system.

We will go through the numbers with you to see if a 10kW solar system makes sense for your household or business.

Request a solar power quote today and let us help you reduce your power bills with a good quality solar system. Our 10kW Smart Solar Systems include:

  • Premium solar panels for maximum performance
  • Free system upgrade (enquire today for more info)
  • Free consumption monitoring – keep track of how much power you are using in the home
  • Technical support
  • Full-service warranties
  • Free system monitoring for the life of your system
  • Solaray’s famous hassle-free installation service – it’s why we have one of the highest customer feedback scores in the industry

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Price of a 10kW Solar System in Sydney

(Information for Victoria is available here: 10kW Solar System in Melbourne)

Thanks to record low prices and generous government incentives, it is now becoming common for a family household to install a 10kW solar system for under $10,000.

Let’s have a look at a few of the key numbers including the price of a 10kW solar power system, and the brands you should be considering for a system of this size.

The price of a fully installed 10kW solar power system has fallen dramatically in recent years. The wholesale price of photovoltaic panels continues to be driven down by market conditions, in particular, the increase in the scale of production in China.

A good quality 10kW solar power system in Sydney starts at under $10,000 fully installed, including a European Made inverter such as the SMA Tri Power, premium tier-one solar panels such as Trina Honey Plus modules and a standard installation (ie. no cherry pickers etc.). It is important to note that with solar panels you generally get what you pay for, and most of our customers choose high-efficiency panels from manufacturers such as LG Solar, and these top of the range systems start from around $13,000.

It is possible to find a cheaper 10kW solar system for under $8,000 or so, however, this will typically require buying low to mid-range panels manufactured in China, and often without any after-sales support.

For a larger residential system it is important to maximise reliability, output and of course longevity, and so spending a little more upfront can save you a lot of money over the life of the system.

Solaray service full-replacement warranties and include full technical support. This gives our customers the peace of mind that if something goes wrong you will be looked after.

As a rough guide, a 10kW system can save you up to around $4,000 a year on your power bills. Of course, to save $1,000 on a quarterly bill you are going to need to use a lot of power during the daytime – as much as 65 kWh during the daytime over summer. If you are able to get the most out of your 10kW system, you could spend up to $16,000 and get a top of the range system with a return on your investment in only 4 years!

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The output of a 10kW Solar System in Sydney

According to the Clean Energy Council guidelines, a 10kW solar system in Sydney facing north will produce an average of 39 kWh a day, outputting more power in summer and less in winter.

We have found that this guideline is a conservative estimate and that by using the top brands you can get considerably more out of our system, for example, our Enphase systems give our customers on average 110% of expected output.

On a sunny day in summer, a 10kW system will often give our customers between 60 and 70 kWh of power. Because this can be too much power for many households, we often recommend splitting the panel array across two orientations to distribute the output of power across the day, and to consider battery storage so that any excess solar power can then be used during the evening.

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The Key Numbers For A 10kW Solar System In Sydney

10kW Solar SystemThe Key Information
Number of PanelsFrom 30 x 330W panels to 28 x 370W panels
Output39kWh a day average (see below)
Potential savings$700 to $1000 a quarter, depending on your cost of power
Average payback period3 to 6 years on average
InvestmentFrom around $9000 to around $15000
Suited toMedium to large homes using on average around 40 kWh a day during the daytime (or over 24 hours with battery storage)

Choosing the right installer

I know what kind of system I want. How do I pick the right installer for me?

Picking the right installer is just as important as picking the right products. Your warranties are only as good as your installer. Post sales service is as important as the initial installation. Have a look through our website or call us.

How much will a 10kW solar system save me?

The potential savings from a 10kW solar system depend on how much solar power you are able to use in the home at the time of generation. You will typically save around 22 to 30 cents a kWh (depending on how much you pay for your power), and depending on your retailer, you will be paid around 5-8 cents a kWh for the power you send back to the grid. A 10kW solar system can save you up to around $700 to $1000 per quarterly bill.

More information is available here: How Solar Power Reduces Your Power Bill

Number of solar panels for a 10kW System

The larger the system, the more important it is to buy quality panels to ensure you maximise reliability, increased output in all weather conditions and the longevity of the system.

The other consideration is roof space. By installing high-efficiency panels, we can use 30 x 330W panels instead of the standard 38 x 270W panels.

10kW Enphase Micro Inverter System

Solaray is the largest and most experienced installer of Enphase Micro Inverter systems in NSW, and our system design team are experts at putting together a professional solar array that will maximise solar output in all conditions.

The main benefit of microinverters is that each panel is independent of the others, making it possible to design an array across different orientations and at different angles. A common panel layout is to have some panels facing north, and the others west to spread the output of solar power across the day, making it easier to use more of the solar power as it is generated.

Having panels west is also advantageous if you are on time of use billing, where households typically pay around 50c per kWh between 2 pm and 8 pm for power.

Flexible Solar Array With Microinverters

On larger residential systems, the panels in the middle of the array can get quite hot during summer as airflow under the panels is less than ideal. When panels get too hot, the output can be significantly reduced. Because of this, we recommend using microinverter technology and in fact, over 80% of our systems now include this technology.

Find out all you need to know about Enphase: 10 key benefits of microinverter systems.

10kW String Inverter System

If your roof is unobstructed by shade and can fit 32 to 38 panels across 1 or 2 sections of roof, a string inverter system may be a suitable option for your home. It is important to make sure the roof is clear of shade as if even just one panel is slightly shaded, the whole string of panels will drop down to the output of the worst performing panel. Typically with a 10kW system, there will be two strings.

With a number of manufacturers recently disappearing, it is critically important that you stick to the main brands when choosing an inverter of this size. This will also ensure adequate support post sale in the event that you need to claim on a warranty. The main European made 10kW inverter is the SMA Tri Power that comes with a 10-year warranty.

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