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How Does Solar Work?


Please refer to our page titled; 'How Solar Works' for a full breakdown of all elements. Click on the picture to go straight there now.




How do I save with Solar? What will I save?


​​​​​ Solar is designed to perform reliably for 25 years (quality panels) with no high ongoing costs (like a pool), and surviving the 4 elements. The overall risk factors are low but the savings can be huge. Some quite unbelievable at first. Let's take a simple example; where a family is spending $500 p/qtr on energy bills. That's a huge $2000 a year with no return on this money, in fact you could say it's a one time usage spend, never to be seen again. So over 25 years, no increase in charges, this would amount to a whooping $50,000. That's $50k handed to a utility company that you will never ever ever see again ! Wow. Now if you could take the opportunity to look after your own power, and, be able to hold onto some of your hard earned cash by installing solar would you? Just consider the investment. Talk to one of our specialist today to discover how you can become a saver rather than a one-time spender.




How much does it cost?


Solar is an investment. Actually it is the only home improvement that pays for itself, over and over again ! $ by $ it can add more value than a new deck, bathroom or even kitchen upgrade. Overall, the risk factor is very low and you start saving immediately. There are varying factors that will come into play on deciding what system is right for you such as your usage, time of use, family size or potential growth of family, pools, extensions etc. These will all impact what you will require and getting the right size future proof is something our specialists will be able to help you with. You can buy a system with us for no money down (no upfront costs) and the savings can be instantaneous. The other option is to pay capex and then have no financial terms where all the savings come straight to you. Speak to one of our specialists today !




What is my payback period?


The payback period does depend on the new solar plan you may go with, whether you paid upfront or over a 5 to 7 year no upfront finance option. In Australia, for quality systems, your payback can average between 4 to 7 years. Given that our panels provide 25- 30 year performance warranties, that is approx. 18 to 23 years of savings from your investment. Money in your pocket not the big utilities. If an example of spend of $500 p/qtr before solar, being $2000 p/yr. Then after solar you have now saved approx. $28k to $40k simply by taking control of your power. Stop throwing away your money and talk to one of our experts today !




How can I pay for it? Do I have pay anything upfront?


There are various options to pay for your system. We can offer you $0 upfront finance options or green loans at a reduced rate. The choice is yours. Refer to our web page: 'How to Pay' by clicking on the picture, for more details or call one of our friendly staff on 1300 372 777




What kw do I need?


Calculating your required kw (kilowatts) needed takes in a few varying factors and isn't as straight forward as 1,2,3. A factors to consider are; your usage, time of use plus seasonal adjustments (aircon, heating), working from home, future changes that may impact requirements, such as growing family, house extensions, or that pool you've always wanted. Whilst most average homes will require a 4kw to 6kw system, a small family may only require a 3kw or large with all the mod cons or working from home can go from a 6kw up to a 15kw. Size of your roof, shed and or land / house set-up will also impact what you may or may not be able to get. Houses with shading may not be able to get solar or require optimisers. Our specialists are more than happy to provide you with a free assessment or answer any questions you may have. Call us on 1300 372 777.




Do I need a battery?


This will largely depend on how you use your power. If you use most of your power during the day then generally a battery is not needed, however if you are a night owl then they should be something you consider. Our friendly consultants will be able to advise you on how to change some of your usage habits, and whether this is right for you.




Will it increase the value of my home?


Yes indeed ! According to RealEstate.com.au, over 85 % of Australians agree that Solar will increase the price of your house, just like adding that pool or new kitchen. I mean after all, who wouldn't want to get free power. It really is the only thing that can be matched $ to $ on value and Return on investment. Based on the same survey conducted by RealEstate.com.au and Origin Energy, 3/4 of renters said they would pay more rent to live in a property with Solar. Making Solar not only a good investment for yourself but also on your investment properties. Source: https://www.realestate.com.au/news/85-of-aussies-say-solar-panels-boost-property-prices/




How long will it take to get my smart meter installed? What does it cost and who is responsible?


Under Australian Legislation it is your energy retailers responsibility to upgarde your analogue meter to a new smart meter. This will enable correct reading of your feed in tarrifs. They are governed by the AEMC regulations which advise they must stay within set timeframes. This will be from 15 days to 30 days dependant on the retailer. Whilst we raise the request with them on your behalf, where possible, we recommend that you call and discuss your options with them to ensure you get the best plan and service. Note: That some retailers will required your approval prior to commencing the installation process.




Are your installers CEC registered and qualified?


Yes ! We use qualified electricians and solar experts on all our installations. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of service and installations to our customers.




What is net or gross metering?


With the introduction of net meters, households can finally access their solar production instead of pumping it directly into the grid. Your household now gets your panel production first, powering your entire home from your own solar generated power. Gross metering on the otherhand, will send the power direct to the electricity grid where anyone connected to the grid can access it.




Why go solar?


The question should be WHY NOT go solar ! With the increase of electricity prices Solar can provide relief to your ongoing bill payments and provide a long term investment solution. Solar not only saves you money, increases the price of your home but is good for the environment. Solar allows you to mine the energy from the Sun now rather than from used solar energy stored within the earth. When Solar can pay for itself and prove to give a profitable return I dont see why anyone wouldn't want it. Talk to one of our experts today about a solution that will suit you.




What are STC’s and am I eligible for the government rebate ?


Small Scale Technology Certificates were introduced by the Australian Government as an incentive for home owners to get on-board the solar revolution. A new renewable energy source for the people and planet. This rebate will vary based on your location, size of system purchased and deeming period which currently sits at 12 years. Further information can be found on the CER website, or by calling our office on 1300 372 777




Is my house suitable for solar?


The majority of houses are suitable for Solar, and where there's a will there will be a solution to your needs. Things to consider when considering solar, is the position of your home, available roof space and/or garage space and any large trees around your property. Technology has improved and with our quality panels we can provide a solution suitable to your needs. Speak to one of our experts today on 1300 372 777




Do I need to turn off my solar until I get my smart meter?


It is strongly recommended that you turn off your Solar until the smart meter has been installed by your retailer. The smart meter enables your retailer to be able to read the correct feed-in-tarriff's (credit's) relevant to your solar plan. Without the meter they will not be able to do so, and you may be stung with an estimated bill for the period. If this has occurred please refer to Rule 21 of National Retail Rules (NRR) or the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Energy made easy website.




What is the difference between Poly and Mono Panels?


Technology has come a long way since first being discovered in the 19th century by the French physicist, Alexandre Becquerel, and further developed by Russell OIhl in 1941. It was in the 1950's that the first commercial solar cell became available, and the growth of technology in Solar. Poly or Polycrystalline panels are the oldest of the two technologies and the most common. They contain a high purity, polycrystalline form of silicon, produced from large rods of crystals that are sliced into thin silicon wafers. These wafers or crystals are larger than 1mm and dispersed over the surface of the panel causing a metal flake like effect. The conducted energy though random will convert it into one "single" crystal to generate overall power. Mono or Monocrystalline panels contain one single, unbroken and continuous crystal. The same crystals are widely used across most of our modern electronic equipment, and is a newer technology to that of the Poly. It is easily recognised by a consistant colouring across the grain of the panel. Overall, both have their benefits based on longevity of consistent production or that of newer technology used within modern electronics. Whatever you're needs we can provide a best solution for you. Please talk to one of our experts today on 1300 372 777.





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