SEPT 2023

Australia's Untapped Solar Potential: Should I Get Solar Panels?

Are We Taking The Aussie Sunshine For Granted?'

Written by Kerry Mullany

Are we taking the Australian sunshine for granted?

Remember lying on the hot concrete after jumping out of a cold pool as a kid?

Forgetting ya thongs at the beach and running across the hot sand like a mad chook?

Slip slop slapping on the SPF50 hoping it’ll be twice as effective as SPF25.

Watching your friends play handball at recess through the window because “no hat, no play”. 


You’ve got to love a bit of nostalgia.


From Sunshine to Solar: Why Aussies Shouldn't Overlook Solar Energy

If you're Aussie born and bred, the sun is like that sibling you didn't choose but are forever tied to. And just like those siblings, love ‘em or hate ‘em, you probably take them for granted from time to time. Be honest, we won’t tell them.

So, are we taking that giant ball of fire in the sky for granted? What can the sun do that we aren’t giving it credit for? (or should we say, give us credit for…we’re talking cash credit).

We love the sun...

Seeing as you are reading this blog on the website of a solar energy company, it will come at no surprise that our relationship with the sun is like a Jane Austin novel. (We’ll try to tone down the lovey dovey mush).  Just like the Q.cell solar panels, or the Alpha solar battery, we are obsessed with those golden rays of warmth, light and energy. But, sometimes even we need a reminder of just how good we’ve got it down under.

Let us introduce Nici and Will, who have harnessed the power of the Aussie sun.


photo of qcell solar panel and battery customers, family of 4 with dog, in australia

Picture: Nici and Will, their two daughters and dog, in front of their home in Australia.


After experiencing the Aussie weather and lifestyle, Nici and Will uprooted their family from the UK and moved to Australia in 2015. Coming from a place where you can’t always rely on regular sunshine, they felt the obvious choice to power their Aussie abode was a solar and battery system. Taking full advantage of the abundant sunshine, their story is a real life example of why we should appreciate the sun downunder. 

Enough chit-chat, let's explore why being a 'sun-worshipper' means more than just sporting a golden tan.

Without the earth whizzing around the sun 365 days of the year, there simply would not be life on Earth. We wouldn’t be here writing this blog and you wouldn’t be here amazed by the sun’s solar energy benefits. The gift of life just felt like a good place to start.

Let’s not beat around the bush, we all love a good bargain. So, why are we blinded by the biggest and most obvious Aussie bargain of all? 

The sun provides us long-term, affordable power!

Embracing solar energy can save Australians thousands of dollars on their energy bills. It’s a wonder why anyone still pays for grid power around here. 

Paying north of $200 per quarter on electricity?

You could save a fortune by adding a home solar system. Add a battery to complete your set up, and you’ll be laughing (at everybody still paying for retail grid energy).

Try our bill saving calculator below to see for yourself.

Using solar energy means you’ll no longer have to run under the sprinkler in the backyard dreaming of having a pool. One of the main reasons Nici and Will added a solar and battery system to their home was to offset utility costs associated with having a swimming pool. 

Using energy from the sun to have awesome pool parties… Water you waiting for?

man happy by pool in australia

Harness solar power knowing that modern solar panels and batteries are designed to last. 

They require minimal maintenance and come with warranties that often last 20-25 years. By choosing a reputable solar company, consumers ensure they're receiving quality products that stand the test of time. 

Embrace the benefits of the sun knowing that your investment is worth it. 

The sun shines 10 to 14 hours a day in Australia. From first light to the golden hour, this sunny source of power can reduce your dependence on grid electricity.

The solar and battery system on Nici and Will’s home helps them generate 62% of their average electricity use, significantly reducing their reliance on the grid. 

Access a greater degree of energy autonomy and see your energy bills drop. A couple more benefits from the biggest star in our milky way. 

Beyond solar panels, the sun's energy can be harnessed through energy efficient products.

Solar water heaters, solar pool pumps, and solar-powered chargers are just a few of the innovations available to maximise the power of the sun. 

The sun beams down an endless supply of clean energy, standing in stark contrast to fossil fuels that spew greenhouse gases and pollutants. By embracing solar systems, you're not only trimming down your energy outgoings, but also reducing your carbon footprint. 

Think of your rooftop transforming into a lean, green, sun-powered machine. And yes, that means more savings for you!

With a 8.8kW system, Nici and Will are reducing their CO2 output by 4450.6kg per year, whilst making an annual saving of $3,325 on their electricity costs!

Let's finish of talking about the benefits of solar beams by mentioning the beam the sun can put on your face...

Fun Fact: exposure to sunlight can increase the brain's release of a hormone called serotonin, which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm, focused and happy.

You could save $20,000 in 15 years

My electricity bill per quarter is: $500

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Cost of electricity without solar


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*Estimates based on national average feed in tariff

aussie kid on beach enjoying the sunshine in deck chair smiling


A Salute To The Sun

From our childhood memories of sun-soaked shores to the occasional sunburn reminding us to slip slop slap some more, it's evident that the sun plays an integral role in the lives of Australians.

Though, this blog highlights the sun's incredible potential as a powerhouse for our homes.

From economic and environmental benefits to mood-enhancing magic, Solar energy is not just about panels on your roof; it's about tapping into an incredible, abundant resource that Australia is blessed with. Just as Nici and Will have. Their story paints a vivid picture of the cost savings and lifestyle benefits available to those who embrace solar energy at home.

So, the next time the sun's rays make you squint or retreat to the shade, remember its untapped potential and consider transforming those golden rays into golden savings. 

Sun's out, savings on!



Remember, Slip Slop Slap is for life, not just for children. Even though the sun provides essential energy for life on Earth, and amazing energy savings, it's crucial to protect ourselves from its harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. When out in the sun use sunblock, wear protective clothing, and limit exposure during peak sunlight hours. 

This geezer clearly thought he was a photo-voltic solar panel. 

let's talk about your next holiday

Capture and store new nostalgic moments by capturing and storing solar energy with your new home solar and battery system. With all the golden savings you'll be making on energy costs, where will your next sunny adventure be? Get in touch with our solar specialists so we can help make that adventure happen.

25,000+ happy customers across Australia.


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