A Quick Guide to Finding a Solar Panel System Installer in Australia
As more and more homeowners in Australia are looking to have solar power systems installed due to rising electricity costs, as well as concerns about dependence on fossil fuels, solar power system companies are also quickly popping up here and there. If you’re dead-set on having a solar power system installed for your home, then you might be in the lookout for a solar power installer company that can do the job. However, because these systems are highly technical and require a large initial investment, choosing the right installer is key to an efficient and long-lasting system.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are 4 factors to consider when choosing the best solar panel system installer for your home:
1. Make Sure They are Accredited
The number one factor in choosing a solar system installer is the company’s accreditation. The company must be accredited with the Clean Energy Council. CEC for short, the accreditation is a qualification that the company needs in order for the government to pay out your rebates when you sell your surplus energy to the grid. A typically 6 kW of energy can give you a rebate of about $3500, depending on your location. This accreditation also ensures that consumers are protected and standards are met by the company.
The CEC also runs the Approved Solar Retailer Program which helps you find a quality supplier. They are endorsed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which aims to raise the standards in the country’s solar industry.
Ask for estimates from at least 4 companies to get the best price. Though lower costs do sound good on the surface, is not a great indicator of quality work, as any company that offers prices below the industry price for solar systems gives you a red flag.
The cost must stay within the average asking price for most companies, as a cheaper price is almost a definite indication that you will be getting a poor quality system.
It’s standard for companies to provide you with warranties since solar power systems are quite expensive and the smallest issue can mean the difference between an efficient system versus one that’s sitting there doing nothing.
Solar panels degrade by about 1% per year, though they do last for about 20 to 30 years. You must ensure the service, product, and inverter warranties from the installer. The service warranty must cover at least 5 years, while the product warranty must cover at least 10 years, and the inverter having a 5-year warranty.
The company must also return after about a month from the date of installation to check whether or not their installed system is working efficiently or delivering the results as promised.
Make sure you’ve seen the company’s work in person, or at least in pictures. Make sure there are no visible lines, or any panels placed over the edge of the roof, or any unsightly images on any of their previous clients’ systems.
Ensure that the inverter is covered from direct sun, wires are hidden, and the quality of craftsmanship is excellent. The harsh conditions of the Australian sun can have a direct impact on the longevity and durability of your panels, so make sure the company knows how to make your system last long, and also to guarantee there will be no unsightly details once their installation is done.
In summary, you must choose an accredited installer in Australia, they must offer you warranties for products and services, they must not cost below the standard price in the market, and lastly, they must have excellent craftsmanship. When all these factors are checked, you can then choose from the companies that you feel would match your needs for a solar power system for your home.
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