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Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Power

Given that solar is an investment, it is only natural to have a bunch of questions about how it works. We always encourage our clients to ask as many questions as needed in order to make the most informed decision possible. In order to facilitate this process, we thought it might be a good idea to put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about solar power.

frequently asked questions about solar power

Solar power lets you save money on your power bill by using your own renewable energy as well as feeding excess power back to the grid. With an off-grid system, you can remove any dependance on the traditional power grid, meaning you never have to pay a power bill ever again. Another key benefit of solar is reducing our impact on the environment in order to curb climate change.

We can’t give you an answer to this question without looking at your current power demands and knowing a bit more about how your household works. Our solar consultants will request the relevant information in order to ascertain the right sized system for your home or office / workshop. We can then recommend a package that suits your needs based on the information gathered.

You most definitely can and commercial solar offers a tremendous amount of value. Most businesses operate during the day which means they get the most out of their solar power. Depending on where you are based you can also take advantage of rebates. We recently wrote an article that covers the main benefits of using commercial solar which you can take a look at by clicking here.

A grid-tied system is still connected to the traditional power grid. This means you can draw power as usual during times where your solar panels are not producing power and / or your battery has no charge. You can also feed excess solar back to the grid to take advantage of feed-in tariffs. An off-grid system is completely separated from the traditional grid, generating all the power needed via solar with batteries for night time power usage.

The amount and type of rebates you are eligible for depends on the state you live in as each one varies in terms of what’s on offer. Nationwide there is the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme which awards STC’s based on the size of your solar system. These certificates reduce the cost of the purchase and installation of solar. Our consultants will advise you of any rebates available to you during your quote.

We take care of all paperwork pertaining to your new solar installation, including filing for your STC’s. This way there is no guesswork on your end and you can sit back while we take care of everything for you. If we need any additional information we will get in touch with you at a time that suits. When everything is finalised we will send you copies of anything we have submitted for your own records.

The installation of a standard solar system typically takes 1 day. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances such as poor weather or unforeseen complications that may extend this to a second day. If this happens we will let you know what the issue is and arrange a time to return at the earliest convenience. For larger installations, such as commercial solar, we will give you the most accurate time frame possible.

Solar power is a very low maintenance investment for the most part. Your panels are pitched which lets rainwater wash them but if you are in an area with a lot of dust and no rain they can occasionally benefit from a hosedown. Firmware updates to your inverter can be installed easily but we are more than happy to take care of that for you and we also offer a solar system maintenance service for checkups.

You have a couple of options when it comes to dealing with excess power. The first is to feed it back to the grid to take advantage of feed-in tariffs. This helps offset the power you use during the evening when solar is not gathering power. You can also invest in a solar battery, which lets you store the power generated during the day for use at night, dramatically increasing the value your solar provides.

Every single product we offer comes with warranties. Solar panels have a performance guarantee that stipulates the minimum amount of power a panel will generate after a certain period of time. They also have warranties for the product itself to cover any potential defects. Inverters will have a standard fixed term warranty and all of our suppliers have service locations within Australia for quick turnaround.

We stock a sizable range of panels and inverters from trusted manufacturers. We also do not have any exclusivity agreements which means we can always recommend the right product for your needs as opposed to pushing something due to obligation. To get more information on our products, please visit their respective pages. For solar panels, click here and for solar inverters, click here.

No, but a solar battery is probably the best way to increase the value your solar system brings to your home or business. Excess power gathered during the day is stored for use at night and the system can still feed into the grid once the battery is full. A solar battery can be included with a package or sold separately as an upgrade which is common once people see what solar brings to their budget.

No it does not need to be pitched to get the most out of solar, we have even installed solar panels on the ground! We use specialised racking and supports to pitch the panels, exposing them to the most sun possible over the course of the day. We will consult with you about your roof or intended install location and let you know what we feel is the best course of action.

Yes, your solar will still work on rainy or overcast days. This is because solar gathers energy from UV rays which penetrate cloud cover. You might have even noticed UV warnings popping up on overcast days when checking the weather. On overcast and rainy days you will notice a reduction in the output of your solar, but it will still be there providing energy when it’s needed.

While we do have a rainy season at certain times of the year, the only impact winter typically has on your solar is shorter days. This does result in lower production on a day to day basis but the rate at which the solar is produced will remain the same. The summer months are filled with longer days and this is when your solar power system will be producing the most surplus power.

Yes you can always add more to your existing solar system down the track if you wish. It is actually extremely common for solar users to expand their system as the household or business grows. Depending on the size of your initial inverter, expansion might only require more panels be added but there are situations where a second inverter needs to be installed to cater to the increased power.

Anyone carrying out electrical work on your home or business should be a qualified electrician and solar is no different. All of our installers are qualified electricians who now specialise in solar installations. We take great pride in our work and our reputation relies on getting your installation done in the safest way possible, ensuring no shortcuts are taken at any stage.

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    If you have read through our most frequently asked questions about solar power and would like more information about a topic please don’t hesitate to let us know. Our solar consultants possess a wealth of experience within the solar industry and are available to answer any questions you may have. We also offer obligation free quotes on all solar systems which means you have nothing to lose when finding out if solar is a benefit to your home or business.

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