10kW Solar Power Systems
A 10kW solar power system is as big as they come when it comes to a home solar power system, this size system will need a large roof area and will produce a good deal of electrical power much more than most average Australian homes will ever need.
A typical 10kW solar power system takes up most of the roof space on a normal sized home.
How many solar panels does a 10kW solar power system need?
A 10kW solar power system will need about 40 solar panels @ 250W per panel. If each panels is 1.6m x 1m thats about 64m² of roof or mounting position surface area.
This diagram shows the size of a 10kW system compared to a person.
How much electrical power can a 10kW solar power system generate?
Most 10kW systems will make roughly 39kWh to 41kWh of power per day, this is enough electricity for 3 average Australian homes.
How much money can a 10kW system produce?
The revenue you get from a 10kW system depends on the feed in tariff rate and the amount of power you feed in.
Most states in Australia have a feed in rate of 8c per kWh for exported power, most consumers are paying 30c per kWh for grid power, so there are 3 possibilities:
- 1. You use 100% of the electricity generated by your solar power system, this would be a saving of about $4,499 for the first year and about $149,000 for 20 years.
- 2. 50% of solar electricity is exported saving you about $2,690 for the first year.
- 3. You sell 100% of your solar power saving $999 for the first year.
The way the market is trending installing a solar power system will best benefit the owner by using as much of your own power as possible and not selling any back to the grid. Large power companies want to sell fossil fuel generated electricity, thats their market model and has been for some time, they are in business for profit and not to assist you to make money and eat into their profits. In other words big coal hates solar owners.
How much does a 10kW solar system cost?
A quick Google around puts the price at $22,000 to $26,000 as of Nov 2015, things move fast in the solar industry and solar prices are forever on the move sometimes in a very unpredictable way. The best way to get a more accurate picture is by getting a Solar Quote.
How long will a 10kW system take to pay for itself?
A system of this size should pay for itself in under 5 years. Try using the Solar Calculator below to get a more accurate and complete picture of solar payback times.