Solar and battery storage now better value than  ever for South Australian’s

With the demise of Tony Abbott and his flat earth society and the $4,000 solar STC rebate saved by the Australian Senate the sun is shining again for solar. Longer days and better weather have meant our boys are back in full swing installing solar on roof tops all over South Australia.

James, our erstwhile leader has just welcomed the birth of his first child, Lily (gorgeous !!!) and Colleen, our office manager and James’s mum, her third grandchild. It was a long cold winter and we are all enjoying the sunshine. The cricket balls are back out and the Mylor D grade cricket team kicked off the year with a win thanks to a handy 37 from our own Sam Cranna.

We are starting to sell more and more solar systems with battery storage solutions and we are evaluating a number of DC coupled lithium ion battery solutions at the moment that are similar to the product that has recently been announced by Tesla in the US. We are looking for a slightly larger solution targeting the ideal amount of storage for the owner of a 5kw solar system (around 10-12 kwh per day). We have recently installed one of these solutions at the office in Mount Barker and have also been trialling some larger scale batter storage solutions at Andy’s place at Mylor. Battery storage is becoming economically viable quite quickly. It will mark a major turning point in the battle to make you independent from the power companies because it will allow you to use your solar power at night. If you don’t have your panels and grid connect inverter it is important that you get that on now as the battery storage solutions will piggy back on these.

For those of you who don’t know us:

Solar Wholesalers is a family and employee owned solar power company that has been selling and installing solar power systems since 2008. We sell home solar power systems and commercial solar power systems in South Australia.

We are the one of the only solar power companies to make our price list available online.

We have installed over 3,000 solar power systems and have one of the highest customer approval ratings of any installation company on leading consumer reviews websites. In fact we are the only South Australian solar company to be recognised as a Platinum Quality installer on the consumer reviews website Thanks to our head electrician Callan and his crew we also have the best rating in South Australia for quality of installation.

To provide the most reliable systems we use the most reliable components (Canadian Solar panels as well as German made SMA ‘sunny boy’ inverters). We also use our own crews of full time installers who are outstanding, CEC accredited, tradespeople.



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South Australian’s who are considering home solar power have very little time left to install a solar power system before changes to state and Commonwealth laws effecting solar come into effect later this year.


At Solar Wholesalers we have for the most part stuck with SMA, Aurora and Fronius inverters with over 80% of our installed residential solar jobs being with SMA Sunny Boy inverters.


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Is solar power still a good idea now the feed in tariff is lower ?

We think it is and here is why.

The most successful investor in corporate history is Warren Buffett. According to the website his compound annual return from 1955 until now is approximately 19.5 %.

So surely if an investment in a solar power system for your home or business can give you a return close to this it is a good idea.

How many people have you heard over the years say I wish I invested with Warren Buffett when he started. (I’m showing my age here)

Well the truth is that at the current price of a 5kw solar power system, the average customer gets a return on their money of around 32% if they buy a solar power system.

(Based on production of 7,800 kwh per annum, 70% used in house or business saving 38 cents per kwh and 30% going to the grid at 7.6 cents for a total return of $2,252.64 on a cost of $6,900).

So why does solar still offer customers such good returns?

The simple fact is that solar power systems have got a lot cheaper in the last year and the price of power has gone up a lot. The return on your investment you get from a home solar power system, as at March 2015 is now the best it has ever been.

A solar power system is a great thing to buy and Solar Wholesalers is a great choice for a company to do solar power with in Adelaide. We are small enough to care but large enough to offer great pricing on the very best quality systems.