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The Price of a 13kW Solar System in Sydney

Thanks to record low solar prices and generous government incentives, it is now becoming common for a large household to install a 10kW-15kW solar system. Let’s have a look at a few of the key numbers including the price of a 13kW solar power system, the output, and the brands you should be considering for a system of this size.
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The price of a fully installed 13kW solar power system has fallen dramatically in recent years. The wholesale price of photovoltaic panels continues to be driven down by market conditions, in particular, the increase in the scale of production in China.

A good quality 13kW solar power system starts at around $10,500 fully installed, including an inverter from SolarEdge, premium tier-one solar panels such as Trina Vertex modules and a standard installation (ie. no cherry pickers etc.).

It is important to note that with solar panels you generally get what you pay for, and most of our customers choose high-efficiency panels from manufacturers such as 1KOMMA5°.

It is possible to find a cheaper 13kW solar system for under $10,000, however, this will typically require buying low to mid-range panels manufactured in China, and often without any after-sales support. For a system of this size it is important to maximise reliability, output and of course longevity, and so spending a little more upfront can save you a lot of money over the life of the system.

1KOMMA5° service full-replacement warranties and include full technical support. This gives our customers the peace of mind that if something goes wrong you will be looked after.

As a rough guide, a 13kW system can save you up to around $5,000 a year on your power bills. Of course, to save $1,200 on a quarterly bill you are going to need to use a lot of power during the daytime – as much as 70 kWh during the daytime over summer. If you are able to get the most out of your 13kW system, you could spend up to $16,500 and get a top of the range system with a return on your investment in only 4 years.

10KW LG EN Glenhaven

The output of a 13kW Solar System

According to the Clean Energy Council guidelines, a 13kW solar system in Sydney facing north will produce an average of 51kWh a day, outputting more power in summer and less in winter. We have found that this guideline is a conservative estimate and that by using the top brands you can get considerably more out of our system, for example, our Enphase systems give our customers on average 110% of expected output.

On a sunny day in summer, a 13kW system will often give our customers over 70 kWh of power. Because this can be too much power for many households, we often recommend splitting the panel array across two orientations to distribute the output of power across the day, and to consider battery storage so that any excess solar power can then be used during the evening.

13kW Solar System Output

A 13kW Solar System – The Key Numbers

13kW System
Number of Panels30 x 440W Panels
Output50 kWh a day average (see below)
Potential Savings$1000 – $1300 a bill depending on your cost of power
Average Payback Period3 to 6 years
CostFrom around $10,500 to around $16,300
Suited toLarger homes using on average around 50 kWh a day during the daytime (or over 24 hours with battery storage)
Battery Enphase IQ Battery Tesla Powerwall
Capacity5kWh per battery13.5kWh
Availability Currently on pre-orderIn stock
Warranty15 years & 6000 cycles10 years
Weight66.3kg120kg
Dimensions 98cm x 55cm x 18.8cm115cm x 75cm x 15cm
Compatibility Enphase Solar Systems (Not the M-Series MIcroinverters)All inverters
Backup when grid is downYes Yes
Storm GuardYes Yes
Power3.84 kVA continuous power (200% surge) per battery5kW continuous and 7kW peak
Price for retrofit to an existing solar system1 Enphase battery with monitoring and installation from $9,990Tesla Powerwall 2 including installation around $14,500
Repayments From $206/month*From $287/month*

How much will a 13kW solar system save me?

The potential savings from a 13kW solar system depend on how much solar power you are able to use in the home at the time of generation. You will typically save around 22 to 30 cents a kWh (depending on how much you pay for your power), and depending on your retailer, you will be paid around 5-13 cents a kWh for the power you send back to the grid. A 13kW solar system can save you up to around $1000 to $1300 per quarterly bill.

More information is available here: How Solar Power Reduces Your Power Bill

Number of solar panels for a 13kW System

The larger the system, the more important it is to buy quality panels. This ensures that you maximise reliability, the longevity of the system, and increase the system’s output in all weather conditions

The other consideration is roof space. By installing high-efficiency panels, we can use 34 x 390W panels instead of the standard 47 x 275W panels.

13kW Micro Inverter System

1KOMMA5° is the largest and most experienced installer of Enphase Micro Inverter systems in NSW, and our system design team are experts at putting together a professional solar array that will maximise solar output in all conditions.

The main benefit of microinverters is that each panel is independent of the others, making it possible to design an array across different orientations and at different angles. A common panel layout is to have some panels facing north, and the others west to spread the output of solar power across the day, making it easier to use more of the solar power as it is generated. Having panels west is also advantageous if you are on time of use billing, where households typically pay around 50c per kWh between 2 pm and 8 pm for power.

On larger residential systems, the panels in the middle of the array can get quite hot during summer as airflow under the panels is less than ideal. When panels get too hot, the output can be significantly reduced. Because of this, we recommend using microinverter technology and in fact, over 80% of our systems now include this technology. Find out all you need to know about Enphase: 10 key benefits of microinverter systems.

Request for a solar or home battery storage quote today to see how much you can save!

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