Solar power is widely used in Queensland because of the abundance of sunlight. Many residential owners have benefited from installing solar panels on their roofs.

The price of solar panels and government support make solar panels more appealing than ever
before.

A solar power purchase (PPA) agreement is a popular financing option, wherein you need not
pay for installing solar panels on your roof. The cost of installation, maintenance, and repair of
the solar panel gets paid by the service providers.

How residential solar power purchase agreement works:

A solar power purchase agreement is a contract between the residential owner and service
providers for a tenure of 20 to 25 years.

How can you save money with Solar PPA?

Well, that depends on the following factors:
● Your electricity usage
● Utility cost of electricity consumed
● Cost of electricity mentioned in PPA.

For example, say your electricity consumption per month is 800 kh and your utility cost is
$.20 per kWh of electricity. Now, the PPA agreement specified the cost of electricity at $.15
per kWh.

The solar panel installed on the roof generates 800 kWh of electricity.

Your savings would then be $40 per month. So the size of solar panels, the rate mentioned in
the solar power purchase agreement, and your electricity consumption all determine how much you can
save.

Does your electricity bill increase with time in Solar PPA?

Service providers increase the power bills 2 to 5% every year.

What does the provider get in return for installing free solar panels on your roof?

1. Ownership of the solar system
2. Rebates from the Government
3. More money each year.

So is Solar PPA a good idea?

Solar PPA offers various benefits to residents like:
● No initial installation cost
● No maintenance cost
● Pay what you use

If you’re considering this option, make sure you read the solar PPA very carefully.


Purchasing solar panels outright and entering into Solar PPA both have money-saving benefits.
What’s best for you depends on your electricity usage and eligibility for tax
benefits.