How Each State Fared in 2015

We recently published a lot of information about Australian PV's recent milestones of 1.5 million PV systems, and a solar panel for every Australian man woman and child. The article was so popular that we're releasing additional information on the Australian PV market in 2015: the top states, top postcodes, top retailers, and largest PV systems for the year.

Our national tally for the sub-100kW market was 718MW, 12% below that of the year before. But some states fared worse than others. 

Read more: How Each State Fared in 2015

What will 2016 have in store for the solar industry? It's anyone's guess... Unless you keep reading.


  • What will the impact on SRES be in 2016?
  • Where is the utility-scale market heading?
  • Are PPA's about to take off?
  • Is the battery market set to (finally) explode this year?
  • What is your best strategic position for maximum profits in the coming months?

Learn from 2015 and past years how to best position your business for success in today's market.

SunWiz have looked at their crystal ball...

And done their usual intensive analyses on market movements as well as less numerical indications to collect all the most useful information you will need in the coming months.

What you get:

- Commercial growth forecast for 2016

- Forecast of key PV market volumes & how to take advantage of them

- Which strategic approaches will likely hold the highest profit margins

- SunWiz's commercial recommendations

- State market trends for residential PV

- Battery market forecast

- The main overlooked opportunities in the PV market which you can take advantage of right away



- Be extremely well placed to take advantage of PV market trends - including boosting commercial success

- Setup a marketing strategy with high conversion rates and take advantage of unprecedented PV market outlooks

- Sell more PV with intelligent targeting

- Increase your profit margins by having the right strategic approach for your business


Get The SunWiz 2016 Market Outlook Now For A Small $1,295 Excl. GST

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In part 1 of this article, we found that in most cases for a typical household, evacuated tube Solar Hot Water (SHW) has a quicker payback than PV. In part 2 we will more closely examine why this is the case. We’ll also see that combining both technologies can produce the best outcome for a household.

Use both SHW & PV for combined benefits

The most popular PV system size is now about 5kW, though 3kW systems are also popular. 1.5kW systems are no longer common. Consider that for about the same price as a 5kW system (~$7500), you could retrofit your hot water system and almost have enough change left over to buy a 1.5kW PV system. SunWiz’s analysis showed that evacuated tube SHW was often more financially favourable than PV, but in circumstances where heating hot water was cheap due to low-priced off-peak electricity or natural gas, a small PV system would have better financial outcome than a solar hot water system.

Read more: New study finds Evacuated Tube solar hot water often pays for itself quicker than typical solar...

People should be considering solar hot water (SHW) and solar power (PV) in combination, rather than entirely covering their roof with PV

Prior to 2010, the word ‘solar’ referred more to Solar Hot Water (SHW) than to PV. While solar power was a cottage industry, there were tens of thousands of SHW units being installed every year. At its peak in 2009, the Australian SHW sector installed 200,000 solar water heaters (including air-sourced heat pumps), compared to just over 50,000 PV systems. This all changed in 2010 as PV overtook SHW to be the dominant solar technology in Australia.

Solar Hot Water PV Comparison 1

Read more: New study finds Evacuated Tube solar hot water often pays for itself quicker than typical solar...

SunWiz, developer of PVsell, is seeking a self-starting employee with a diverse skill set.

About PVsell

PVsell is a cloud-based software tool used by hundreds of Australian solar retailers to calculate the Return on Investment for a PV system, in order to secure a sale. PVsell was launched three years ago. Since September 2014, SunWiz has been redeveloping PVsell to make it more intuitive and user-friendly, and increased the amount of help resources, so that we may scale internationally.

Read more: PVsell Employee Needed!

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