Sun shines brightly on solar
THE popularity of solar power in Ipswich is on the rise.
A comparison of Energex figures revealed that the number of installed systems in one Ipswich suburb - Brassall - had more than tripled over the first nine months of this year.
Redbank Plains, Springfield Lakes and Brassall boasted some of the highest solar installation numbers in the region as of September, due in part to their concentrated populations.
Compared to the same report conducted in December 2010, the new figures showed a general trend across the Ipswich region of almost doubled installation numbers.
Solar power installations in Brassall have increased more than threefold from December 2010, up from 98 at the end of last year to 297 as of September.
Redbank Plains and Springfield Lakes residents have also boosted their suburbs' solar power uptakes.
The number of systems in Redbank Plains had doubled from 166 nine months earlier, and in Springfield installations had increased 248% from 127.
Brassall-based Ipswich Solar Power manager Darren Rosolak said that business was "very steady".
Ipswich Solar Power has been operating for two years, from a suburb that has experienced some of the highest uptake rates.
Mr Rosolak said that rebates and the environmentally friendly aspect of solar power made it an attractive choice for customers.
Energex's Mike Swanston has urged prospective solar power customers to seek confirmation from Energex before having new systems installed.
The electricity company has faced problems in some Queensland regions regarding solar power energy returning to power grids.
Mr Rosolak said he was not aware of any Ipswich applications being denied, and said that Energex's strict application process ensured that installations were carried out correctly.
"It might be a problem in a couple of months, but it's not likely to happen because Energex checks everything - levels, types of inverters, everything," Mr Rosolak said
THE top five suburbs for panel installations in September:
Redbank Plains: 336 installations
Springfield Lakes: 315