Perth: The Solar Hot Water Capital of Australia
In 1901 in Perth, two entrepreneurs formed S W Hart and Co Plumbers and Ironworks, to manufacture tanks, troughs and sinks.
Over 50 years later, in 1953, Hart’s introduced the first solar hot water systems marketed in Australia. They were called Solahart, and they were produced in Perth.. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, over 1,000,000 Solahart solar hot water heaters have been sold around the world.
Perth and Western Australia’s love affair with the solar hot water system didn’t stop there.
Barely 10 years later, in 1963, Alan Collier Edwards produced the first Edwards solar hot water system in W.A. Today, Edwards is an international organisation which is a leader in producing hot water systems for both domestic and commercial purposes using solar technology.
Choose From Three Kinds of Solar Hot Water Heaters
We’re spolied for choice. There are three main types of system:
Follow the links to find more about each system.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoSUjTQn9MkPerth’s Solahart on Kerri-Anne: Solar Hot Water Options Explained
Get a Subsidy For Installing a Solar Hot Water System (W.A. Government)
The Western Australian Government is offering Solar Hot Water Subsidies to households who install environmentally friendly, gas-boosted solar water heaters.
Subsidies are available for new, two or more panel, gas-boosted solar water heaters, which must be used for private residences.
The Solar Water Heater Subsidies available are
– $500 for natural gas-boosted solar water heaters, and
– $700 for bottled LP gas-boosted solar water heaters used in areas without reticulated gas.
– There are NO subsidies for electric-boosted or heat pump systems.
Get a Financial Incentive For Installing Solar Hot Water (Federal Government)
Under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme eligible solar water heaters and heat pumps are entitled to a number of small-scale technology certificates (STCs). This is based on the estimated amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) the system displaces over the course of its lifetime.
The number of STCs a particular SWH model is entitled to create will depend on its installation date and geographic location identified through its postcode. You can check the number of STC’s that can be created by checking eligible systems on the STC Calculator.
At the time of writing this page, the value of STC’s is around $30, so a system that allows you to create 33 STC’s means a financial incentive of around $1000. Combine that with the WA Governmnmet Subsidy, and you’ll save $1500. Nice!
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