2016 was a tough year for many solar businesses. Those who did well had strategic intelligence, kept their focus on the market they could tackle and sold a lot of solar!

  1. Batteries grew with many units being sold with PV (especially in residential)
  2. The focus for PV continued to sway towards commercial and away from residential
  3. Utility-scale solar continued in Australia

But the residential market is stagnating. It's getting harder to sell PV to "mum's and dads" than ever before. Competition is fierce, profits are thin and customers know that it's a buyer's market.

What's a solar company to do?!

You want more sales and higher profits. But how do you make that happen in a market which is rapidly evolving and getting "fussier" by the month. 

3 things your solar business NEEDS to succeed in 2017:

Read more: Why SunWiz's 2016 Year In Review Is CRUCIAL To Success In 2017 - Just $1500 when you get it today...

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.

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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

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

Australian solar industry celebrates the New Year by ticking over 1.5m PV systems and one solar panel per person.

It's official: Australia now hosts 1.5 million solar power systems. That's equivalent to 18% of Australian households owning a PV system. Based upon SunWiz's analysis of Clean Energy Regulator data held in the REC Registry, Australia registered its 1,500,000th PV system on the 22nd December 2015. 

To celebrate, SunWiz - Australia's leading provider of Solar Market Intelligence - is showering you with solar data and charts.

  • Australia's solar installers have been busy. Since 2001 they've installed over 23.2 million solar panels. This means there's now a solar panel for every man woman and child in Australia.
  • Australian solar ranks amazingly well internationally:
    • Australia has some of the lowest system prices in the world, thanks largely to a highly efficient workforce
    • Australia has the highest in the world number of installations per inhabitant - Australians love solar power on their roof more than any other country.
    • Australia ranked 8th in the world for capacity installed in 2014, and is likely to be a top-10 country for installed capacity in 2015
    • PV contributes over 2.5% of Australia's electricity needs.

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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.

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Read more: PVsell Employee Needed!

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