There has been a major increase in excitement about solar power and solar panels in Australia. Installing solar panels on your home can save you thousands of dollars a year in electricity costs, so that in only a few short years they pay for themselves and start making you money.
Here are 5 tips from Infinite Energy to help you get a great deal on solar panel systems.
Always Get 3 Quotes
To ensure you’re getting the best price on your solar power system, experts recommend that you get multiple quotes before eventually making a decision.
Beware, cheaper is not always better and in the solar industry, it can be a real red flag as unfortunately, there are some shady operators.
Seek High Quality Hardware
There are three main components in a solar panel system: a mounting system, inverter, and the solar panels themselves.
As with many things you get what you pay for, so be sure to select quality components in order to achieve optimal performance and avoid costly and annoying repairs or replacements.
It’s also very important to remember that in order to qualify for the government rebate on these systems you must choose government certified components.
Look for Locally Based Warranties
If your solar components were designed or manufactured outside of Australia and don’t come with a local warranty, this can mean extra costs and longer wait time on shipments. To avoid this, stick to Australian providers and work with them to select a good warranty. Many warranties last between 10 and 25 years.
Ask Your Friends and Family
Consulting with people who’ve had primary experience is the ideal way to learn about companies, hardware, how much you can save, and the truth rather than marketing hype you might hear on TV.
Ask the Following Questions
These are just some basic questions you should ask any prospective solar installation company.
1. Do your panels have positive or negative power tolerance?
2. Are your products government certified so I can get a rebate?
3. How do I get the rebate? Is it already factored into the sale price?
4. How long is your warranty?
5. Are your warranties based in Australia? Would I have to send anything overseas on a warranty claim?
6. What kind of maintenance schedule should I expect?
7. What can I expect in my state as regards Feed-in Tariff?
8. When can I expect a return on my investment with this product?
9. How might shade affect our electricity production?
10. How long have you been in business?
11. How many solar systems have you installed?
12. What size solar system do I need? Please explain the kWa ratings.