Australia is an ideal location in the world for solar power; we have plenty of sunshine, generous roof space, and some of the world’s highest energy costs. While Australians have embraced solar power, many people have been caught out by poor-quality solar systems, with installers offering little to no after sales support. Here are five things to look for when purchasing a new solar power system for your home:
1. Insist on a quality solar ‘inverter’
The solar inverter is arguably the most important component of a solar power system and is responsible for keeping your system producing power and connected to the electricity grid. Two European brands, ‘Fronius’ (Austria) and ‘SMA’ (Germany), lead the way in terms of quality and reputation, and so either brand is a wise choice.
2. Choose an established brand of solar panel
The range of solar panels in Australia is larger than the range of inverters, and several brands have well-earned reputations. A range of good solar panels includes (but is not limited to) Suntech, Trina, Jinko, Tindo, Sunpower, JA Solar, LG and REC. When comparing solar panels, look for brands that have been active for over 10 years, have an Australian head office and have received good online reviews.
3. Select a reputable company with in-house installers
We suggest that you perform thorough research on the company that will install your solar power system before making your choice.
Many reputable solar companies have been in the Australian market for 5+ years, and have their own in-house installation team. This can often ensure higher levels of quality control and overall accountability.
4. A site-inspection is a must
A pre-installation visit by the installer ensures that your house will be correctly assessed for suitability, and the system will be designed correctly.
Companies offering the cheapest prices often will not provide any face-to-face service, and will typically deliver much lower levels of overall quality.
5. Ignore the gimmicks and hard-sell
A solar power system is an investment that can give you 10 to 20 years of free electricity, so avoid making a decision based on emotion or pressure tactics.
We suggest that you source multiple quotes, seek independent reviews and make sure to ask plenty of questions. Once you’re truly comfortable with your solar provider, pay a small deposit and then request a firm date for your panel installation.