What are the considerations before purchasing a solar power system?
It is important to know the direction of the home’s roof. It should get sunlight between 9am and 3pm. In addition, the space on the roof should be at least 15x15m for a minimum 1.5kW system and the roof should be strong enough to support the solar panel system.
Does installing this system increase my home’s value and how?
Yes, the value of your home increases by reducing the yearly running costs and installing the solar panel adds a capital asset to your property. In a few years, it is possible to recover the made on this system can be recovered and can fetch a higher price for a home if it is sold.
How does installing solar systems save money for me?
This system saves you money on electricity bills and increases the overall value of your home. The government has several grants, incentives set aside for renewable energy, and if you qualify for any of these Australian Government’s subsidies, you could save thousands of dollars on any of the solar systems.
How long does the installation of this system take?
Upon signing the contract and agreeing on a method of payment, we will complete the paperwork, ensuring that your grid connection gets approval. Post the formalities, the installation of the system commences and normally does not take more than a day – depending on the system and location of your property. After the installation, a representative from the utility company will check the installed system and approve its activation and interaction with the grid. Overall duration should nevertheless be mentioned.
What is the lifespan of these solar systems?
When maintained properly, these systems can produce electricity for more than 25 years. Most solar panel manufacturers guarantee at least 80% efficiency of these systems for at least 25 years.
What is the frequency of maintenance?
For high quality system parts, the maintenance required is usually negligible. The surface panels are normally self-cleaning depending on the tilt of the panel and the roof. However, just like with all equipment a regular ‘health check’ for the system, will ensure that it works to its optimum for the entire 25+ years duration. A maintenance schedule will be provided post installation.
Can the system become corroded?
The main components of the system are made from anodised aluminium and coated with an anticorrosive agent. Even the inverter is manufactured to withstand environmental exposure. The electrical components, if high quality, are also built to endure all kinds of weather conditions.
Will it help the environment if I get solar power?
Yes absolutely. Solar power is a renewable form of energy and therefore does not produce greenhouse emissions or create air pollution. This makes it environment friendly and you will become a contributor against global warming.
What government subsidies are available for this system?
The Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) is the financial incentive provided by the Government. The solar power system can create a Small-scale Technology Certificate (STC) that can be sold to offset the price of the system incurred by the user. These STCs have replaced the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Feed in tariffs is another type of benefit that provides on-going financial incentives rather than an upfront price reduction. These tariffs may vary, so it is best to first check the rate per kilowatt of power with your electricity retailer.