Should you get solar power & is it worth the cost?Well, it’s good for the environment and it saves you money in the long run. The length of time depends on what state you live in. (WA has the cheapest average price for a 4kW system of all the states!) This makes it one of the best states to consider solar for your home.
How long until you recoup the cost of a solar power system?It depends on how much sun your roof gets, how much your electricity costs, how much electricity you use, and how much you get paid for selling your electricity back to the grid. In Perth, it averages around 5 years for a 4kW system (The payback in Adelaide is so low because electricity is so expensive there).
How much do you get back from selling my excess electricity?In WA the Feed-In Tariff is 7.1c per kW/hr.
How many solar panels can I fit on my roof?Satellite images can help us work out how many can fit on your roof, but they also need to take into account your roof shape and type, direction, obstructions, shading.Site visits are essential – if not done before you pay your hard earned cash, there could be difficulties in the long run.
How do I find trustworthy solar companies?Check solaraccreditation.com.au to ensure your installer is accredited with the Clean Energy Council. Otherwise, your solar power system may not be eligible for solar government subsidies.
How much can the government solar subsidy save me?About $3,400 for a 5kW system. Your retailer usually factors this into the final price for you.
Why should you use CEC Approved Solar Retailers?These companies are certified to a higher standard for ethics, quality and service. There are only 59 in the entire country (we’re one of them!)
What about door-to-door sales for solar panel systems?They are usually are no good, using unethical practices and high pressure sales. Consumers do have a 10-day cooling off period!
So how do I compare solar panels?It’s complex as solar panels are continually replaced by new models, so comparison studies go out of date quickly. It’s worth doing your research.
What’s the go with warranties?There are actually 4 warranties: Installation Warranties, Inverter Warranty, Solar Panel Product Warranty and Solar Panel Performance Warranty.
- The installation warranty covers the installation aspects of the solar system. The warranty should usually cover 5-10 years.
- The inverter warranty is usually 5-10 years.
- The solar panel product warranty covers the panels if they stop working – usually 5-12 years.
- The solar panel performance warranty generally guarantees that after 25 years they retain 80% of production power after installation.