Ballarat’s Solar Shift: Off-Grid Living

Ballarat is becoming increasingly popular among people from Melbourne looking to purchase land and live off-grid. The region’s proximity to Ballarat, combined with affordable land prices, makes it an attractive option. With the advancement in off-grid solar technology, there is no longer a need for expensive connections to the power grid. Instead, individuals can simply buy land, construct a large shed, and install an off-grid solar system. This approach is not only simpler but also more cost-effective than connecting to the grid.

A family of 2-3 people typically requires a 10kW off-grid solar system to live comfortably, which can cost around $30,000. In contrast, connecting to the grid can cost between $30,000 to $60,000, and in many places, it can exceed $100,000. This makes off-grid living a more economical option for those looking to settle in areas like Ballarat.