Solar Power Socket Parity Shines Bright for Australia
Socket parity refers to the comparison in price between rooftop solar power to the cost of grid-powered electricity. As one of the first countries to reach socket parity, Australian solar PV has continued to decrease in price. According to a One Step Off the Grid article, the Australian solar market shows no signs of slowing down. Here's an excerpt:
Australia was one of the first countries in the world to reach grid or socket parity – thanks to its high electricity prices (largely due to soaring network costs), and its excellent sunshine. There are now nearly 100 countries that have reached the same benchmark.
But Australia has not just reached socket parity, it has smashed it. In most cities in Australia, the cost of rooftop solar is now less than half the price of grid-based power. Indeed, even some utilities offer to install rooftop solar on your roof for free, and charge only 11c/kWh for the output.
A new report from Beyond Zero Emissions, which recommends Australia set a path to 100 per cent renewable energy, highlights those cost differences...
Solar is just one third the cost of the grid, and that is after a subsidy to the fossil fuelled-grid of more than $500 a household. Without that, grid prices would be at least 25 per cent higher.
Little wonder, then, that the local grid operator predicts that within 10 years nearly every home in Perth could have rooftop solar, and its energy minister says rooftop solar is not just the future, but it could provide 100 per cent of daytime demand by 2025.
The same is predicted for Adelaide, which because of that city’s excellent sun and high energy costs, is the next best city, with solar costing just 40 per cent of grid power. Hobart and Canberra rank the worst, presumably because of their limited solar resources, but still come in one third cheaper than the grid.