Springfield our solar-saving capital
ONE in six Springfield homes are fitted with solar panels, with demand for the green technology rising as the rebates deadline looms.
Figures released by the Clean Energy Council show Springfield, Springfield Lakes and Brookwater have the highest uptake of solar panels in Ipswich and were the 18th highest in Queensland.
Almost 17% of homes have panels attached to their roofs, an increase of 7% in the past year.
Redbank Plains and Collingwood Park followed closely behind with 14.3%, up 6.2% for the year, with the suburbs covered by post code 4305 up to over 11%.
Ipswich Solar Panel owner Darren Rosolak said interest in solar panels had doubled in recent weeks, as the June 30 deadline for rebates crept closer.
He said speculation about the State Government cutting the grid buy-back for excess solar power was also fuelling interest.
"At the moment all the rebates are still available. They are all set to wind down at the end of June, which is causing the market to go crazy at the moment," he said.
One Springfield Lakes couple who have seen the benefits of solar power are Josh and Sarah Morton. They installed solar panels on their investment property and also got a quote for their own home.
Mr Morton said the rental property would be marketed to clients as potential power bill free opportunity.
"There is the opportunity to have zero power bills. There are enough solar panels for that, as long as the tenants don't go overboard," he said.
The Mortons moved into their new home three months ago and were waiting on their first power bill to see how big a solar system they needed.
Saving money still tops the reasons behind customers making the switch to green power, Mr Rosolak said.
"People are saving a lot of money and they are getting a lot larger systems."
Mr Rosolak said the original eight panel systems cut $200 from power bills, whereas the new 27 panel systems could take $500 off.
According to the Clean Energy Council, Queensland has the most generous solar scheme in the country, as well as boasting some of the best sunlight in the world.
- Ergon Energy advises applications for systems 5kW and greater should be submitted by Monday April 30.
- Solar panels can save between $200 and $500 off power bills.
- One in 10 homes in Booval and Silkstone have solar panels.