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Leigh McInerney

Review Board Member
Solar PV Installation Expert
Expertise: Electrotechnology Licence no: 127038C, Solar PV Systems Design, Off-Grid Solar


  • Runs Central Coast Energy, a solar panel installation and maintenance company based in Terrigal NSW, which has been in operation for over ten years.
  • Holds a Certificate III in Electrotechnology from TAFE NSW and a Grid-Connected Solar PV Systems Design Accreditation CEC


Leigh McInerney is a seasoned electrician (Licence no: 127038C) and solar PV systems expert dedicated to helping homeowners make the switch to renewable power on the central coast of NSW. Although he has extensive experience with large 50KW + commercial projects, Leigh prefers to help regular homeowners make the switch to solar. Running a Solar Installation company for over a decade is a testament to his quality of work, ethics and system selection for his customers. Before Central Coast Energy, Leigh ran LPM Electrical, an electrical contracting firm. Leigh enjoys surfing and playing soccer when not immersed in his professional responsibilities.


Leigh's solid educational background underpins his expertise. He holds a Certificate III in Electrotechnology from TAFE NSW and a Grid-Connected Solar PV Systems Design Accreditation from TAFE and the Clean Energy Council CEC.

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Who is eligible for the solar rebate

The Aussie solar rebate has been up and running for several years, offering locals generous financial support for buying solar panels. Through the STC scheme, Australians can access rebates that cover over 50% of the initial solar cost. So far, millions of Australians across the country have installed small-scale residential solar PV systems thanks to …

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The price of a 3 kW solar setup can differ based on the installer, the gear involved, and the size of the rebate offered by your state government. A standard 3 kW solar system could cost around $4,270 in Australia, all factors considered [1]. There are some brands that offer great quality at a reasonable …


6.6 kW solar systems are becoming increasingly popular across Australia in 2024 [1], largely due to their affordability, ideal size, and generous government subsidies. On average, a 6.6 kW solar system costs around $7,500 – $9,500 before any Small-Scale Technology Tokens (STCs) have been deducted2. However, generally, typical pre-rebate cost of an installed 6.6kW solar system …

Solar Battery Rebate

Solar batteries might cost a fair bit for many Aussies. However, a federal government STC rebate helpfully reduces the cost and simplifies the process of setting up a standard grid-connected solar PV system in your house. This rebate program for solar PV systems was established to motivate more Australians to switch to renewable energy. In …

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The cost of installing a solar panel system will depend on the size of the system you need, the company used to install the system, and the size of the rebate your state gives. The average cost of a solar system installed is $7,063. Priced quoted by companies always include installation. The cost of solar …

Solar rebate end date inforgraphic

In 2011, the solar rebate scheme was launched to motivate Australians to harness solar power. The government solar rebate is set to end on 31st December 2030. The Australian government decided that rather than stopping the rebate immediately, it was a better idea to phase it out gradually. The government decided that the gradual phasing …


A 3kW solar panel system can run most appliances found in a small home with 2 – 3 occupants. It can produce up to 2500kWh per year which should be enough to run all the typical appliances you would find in 1 bath, 2 bedroom home. There are 3 ways to work out if a …


The average cost of solar panels in Australia ranges from $3,000 to $12,500 or more, depending on the size of the system, location, and complexity of the installation. For instance, a 6.6 kW solar system, which is the most common system installed in 2024, costs between $6,500 and $8,500, rebate included. This is based on …

Selecting the right solar panels for your home

You’ve already made a wise choice by putting your money into a solar system. Now’s the moment to figure out how to get the most out of it. To get the most out of your solar and maximize solar savings: Use your appliances during the day, Stagger your consumption, Check for shade and debris, Regularly …

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