4 reasons why spring is the best time to install solar panels

By Ceyda Erem ·
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If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and investing in a solar panel system, you might have been holding out for the perfect time to get started. With spring well and truly here, it won’t take long for things to start heating up and for our air conditioners to get a serious workout. 

It might surprise you to know that spring is one of the best times of the year to install solar panels, as it can help us prepare for the hottest time of the year. Still need some convincing? Check out our top four reasons below! 

Reason #1 - High production time 

Spring is actually the second best time for solar energy production, with summer taking out first place. During spring, Australia gets on average around 12 hours of sunlight, giving your panels sufficient time to soak up the sun’s rays. 

Also, the effectiveness of a solar panel system relies on light, not heat, so you won’t have to worry about not being able to produce enough electricity without the summer’s blaze, as sunny days with cooler temperatures can still mean big production. 

Reason #2 - Start building power for summer 

And while we’re on the subject of summer, one of the busiest times of the year for the electricity grid, spring also gives your home the opportunity to start collecting power and storing it into your battery system. This means you won’t need to rely on your electricity retailer as much during summer and can save big on your electricity bill

Reason #3 - To stay ahead of the game

By now you’ve probably gathered that summer is big business for solar panels, so this brings us to the next point: by the time summer rolls around, many Aussies have already decided to kickstart their solar power journey. This can mean there’s a rush of customers. 

By getting the ball rolling in spring, you’ll be able to get the paperwork signed off and have all the bits and pieces ready to go. Prepping for summer now also means you won’t waste time indoors researching and can focus on enjoying the warm weather!

Reason # 4 - You can invest your tax refund 

You might have already received your tax return for the 2019/2020 financial year, but instead of blowing the cash on something you’ll regret, why not put the funds toward your solar panel system? 

According to Solar Choice, the average cost of a 3kW system in New South Wales* is $3,530. By using your tax refund, you’ll lighten the financial load of purchasing a top of the line system without having to drain your savings. 

*As of September 2020 

Want to learn more about how solar power works? Check out our informative guide!

Or if you’d like to get started on making the switch to a solar-friendly retailer, head on over to our energy comparison tool!

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Ceyda Erem
Ceyda Erem
Money writer

Ceyda Erem is Mozo’s authority on Energy, as well as having broader expertise as a personal finance writer. She loves to put her researching and writing talents into stories that help our readers to make more informed financial choices, whether that’s about finding the best energy deal or writing about the latest sneaky bank tricks. Ceyda has a Bachelor of Arts (major in writing) from Macquarie University.