Environmental benefits of solar power

As the world looks at ways to increase the use of renewable energy sources, solar is an attainable way for everyday Aussies to positively contribute and live more sustainably.

3 things to know about solar sustainability

  • Sunshine is free

    Australia has some of the highest sunshine hours in the world, so why not use it to lessen your impact on the environment and generate power for your home? Hot water and electricity can all be generated by the sun, and over the life of your solar system, you’ll also end up with more money back in your pocket.

  • More than 2.5 million Australian households can’t be wrong

    By the end of 2019, the benefits of rooftop solar were being enjoyed by more than 2.5 million households across Australia – that’s 23.5 percent of homes. There are a lot of people doing their bit for the environment and saving money & you could be too!

  • Reduce your reliance on fossil fuels

    The shift away from fossil fuels to clean energy and renewables is gaining momentum at a rapid rate. As countries around the world begin to change policies and renewables step into the spotlight, or should we say, sunlight (pun intended), wouldn’t it be great to be ahead of the curve and have a solar system already installed on your home?

Creating a better future

Not only is solar a great cost reducing service, but solar energy is having a profound impact on the environment through providing a renewable energy source that all households in Australia can access whilst doing their bit for the environment. To find out more about how much of a positive impact your solar solution will have on the environment click ‘Get Started’ to walk through Nectr’s simplified customer enquiry form (also look out for our Instyle pooches at each step!).

Saving our natural resources

It’s an alarming statistic that over 90% of the worlds power consumption has been attributed to fossil fuels – according to WWF.

In recent years the shift from traditional power generation has been substantial with the modern world focusing on ways we can reduce our carbon emissions, save our natural world and improve the planets health – all whilst saving a few dollars each quarter on the traditional electricity bill as an added bonus.

Whether your driver for solar power fits into one of those categories or not, it’s nice to know that going solar is saving our precious resources and the old saying ‘every little bit helps’ certainly reins true in this instance.

  • COAL

    Australia is the largest exporter of coal in the world. Our supplies provide many countries the resources they need to generate electricity. Its estimated that we have around 500 years of coal supplies left, if we are to continue utilising it at the current rate.
    Currently Australia’s coal produced energy consumption is siting at around 40% according to Geoscience Australia.

  • OIL

    Its estimated that the current oil produced power consumption in Australia is currently sitting around 34%. Although the Australian oil resources are much lower than other parts of the world, it’s still accounting for atleast 30% of our countries energy consumption. This number is alarming when compared to our low resource availability.

  • GAS

    Australia’s naturally occurring Gas supplies account for approximately 2% of the worlds total gas resources, but we consume gas produced electricity at around 22%. Outside the transport sector, natural is the largest supplier of energy in Australia, outdoing coal – according to

Find out how solar power is generated

How solar works can sometimes be a little confusing, but we don’t think it should be. Watch our video on how solar works for a simple explanation and learn even more on our solar energy explained page

Our Pain Free
Guarantee explained

Installing solar power can look complicated from the outside, but at Nectr, we keep solar simple.

Our Pain Free Guarantee is backed by an experienced team who know how to make your transition from electricity to solar smooth and seamless. If you experience anything less, we’ll jump through hoops and climb over mountains to get it sorted out and turn you into one of our happiest customers.

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What is the STC Scheme? Am I eligible to receive it?

The Australian Small Scale Technology Certificates program is a federal government initiative to assist homeowners in reducing the upfront cost of installing solar power as well as kickstart the renewable energy sector. It’s sometimes referred to as a ‘Solar Rebate’ but it is not a rebate in the traditional sense. When a solar system is installed, it generates a number of STC’s (Small Scale Technology Certificates). These certificates represent the positive environmental impact of using solar energy over carbon-emitting fuel sources such as gas and coal. They have a monetary value and are traded on an open market. Companies who are aiming to reduce their environmental impact purchase these certificates from installers therefore partially funding the solar installation. Installers then pass this onto homeowners by lowering their system prices.

How much will solar save me on electricity costs?

There is no way to give exact savings figures without conducting an in-home consultation with one of our trained solar experts, who can look at your existing electricity usage, roof layout and more. You can, however, get an estimate by clicking here and completing our savings calculator.

How much will a solar system cost?

To provide an exact quote, we suggest conducting an in-home consultation. However, as a CEC accredited Installer and retailer, Nectr makes sure to price our systems within the CEC price guideline.

Will I earn money by sending power to the grid?

Using your solar power in the home is the best way to maximise potential savings. If that’s not an option, your solar energy will be exported to the grid. Your energy provider will then pay you for this electricity. The amount you are paid is called the FiT or Feed-In Tariff. Each energy provider offers a different tariff amount, so it is worth shopping around.

How will solar help the environment?

Solar power is most definitely a cleaner and more sustainable energy source when compared to the CO2 output of traditional fossil fuels, gas and coal. While there is a ‘carbon cost’ associated with producing the panels themselves, this is paid off within two years on average.

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