3 kW System

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How many panels in a solar system? How much area required? #

A 3 kW solar system using 300 watt (W) to 330W modules would require 10 panels.

Each module measures out to 1.6 m2. For a 3 kW solar system, you would require 16m2 of roof space. This area may change depending on how your roof is laid out. Also, whether or not you may need to use additional tilt frames.

We have this article to know how panels may impact your roof.

How much does a 3 Kw solar system cost? #

In South Australia, the average retail price of a standard solar 3 kW PV system installation is 1.35$ per watt, after government solar rebates. This means that, the average cost of a 3 kW solar system is $4050.

Solar systems have been getting cheaper over the years. We have seen that prices of solar systems do vary widely. Cost-competitive 3kW solar PV systems are cheap but have low-end components. Premium options are pricier but use reliable and long-lasting products.

How much energy will a 3-kW solar system produce? #

The power output of a 3-kW power system varies. Factors include:

  • Temperature of local area
  • Orientation and tilt angle
  • Shade cast by obstructions
  • The performance efficiency of components

The amount of sunshine is what determines a system’s output. In Adelaide we would expect 4.84 sun hours daily. Multiply 4.84 by system size to get a rough estimate of system performance. We would expect a 3 kW system to generate 14.52 kW daily. To get a more conservative estimate, multiply by 0.75 to account for performance efficiency. Note that energy yields are not accounting for seasonal changes. Energy generated will be higher in the summer and lower in the winter.

Batteries with a 3-kW solar system? #

To install batteries with your solar PV system, we recommend a minimum of installing a 5kW system. This would make the most out of a battery system. A system of that size would generate sufficient energy to consider storing. As 3 kW is much lower than 5-kW, we do not recommend installing a battery. Luckily for you, you can add more panels and upsize your system in the future.

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How long is the payback period on a 3kW solar system? #

Payback period is the amount of time it takes for the system to pay itself off. The payback period takes into account energy bill savings and feed-in tariff credits.  

Self-consumption is % of solar energy you use out of the power generated. Keep in mind you unable to self-consume when your panels are not generating solar power, this would be when there is no sunlight hitting your modules. You are able to maximize your self-consumption with the use of a battery system.

Assuming you have 30% self-consumption, you will save $971.83 annually. This is also assuming the remaining generated power goes towards a feed-in tariff. The estimated pay-back period would be 4.17 years.

Assuming you have 50% self-consumption, you will save $1266.40 annually. This is also assuming the remaining generated power goes towards a feed-in tariff. The estimated pay-back period would be 3.19 years.

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Compare Different System Size #

What sized system is right for you? (assuming you are located in Adelaide)

1.5 kW3 kW5 kW6.6 kW8 kW10 kW
$3482$4050$4800$5,676$7,360$9,900
5 panels 8m2 of space required10 panels 16m2 of space required16-17 panels 26-27m2 of space required20-22 panels 32-35m2 of space required25-27 panels 40-43m2 of space required31-34 panels 49-54m2 of space required
7.26 kW daily14.52 kW daily24.2 kW daily31.94 kW daily38.72 kW daily48.40 kW daily
5.5-7.16 years payback3.19-4.17 years payback2.27-3.79 years payback2.04-3.39 years payback2.18-3.63 years payback2.35-3.91 years payback
$486-$533 annual savings$972-$1266 annual savings$1266-$2111 annual savings$1671-$2786 annual savings$2026-3377 annual savings$2532-$4221 annual savings
Suitable for small households with electricity budget of $120 per bill cycle.Suitable for small working families with electricity budget of $220 or more per cycleSuitable for medium to large households using larger amounts of electricity, a budget of $350 or more per cycleSuitable for medium to large households using larger amounts of electricity, a budget of $450 or more per cycleSuitable for large households with an electricity budget of $500 or more per cycle.Suitable for large households using 20kW/day and an electricity budget of $700 or more per bill cycle.