Wondering How To Buy Solar Panels For Your Home? We'll Give You Some Tips

For consumers, investing in a solar system has never been easier but can still be troublesome if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. With the help of government incentives and solar system providers setting up the entire system for you, getting solar panels on your roof these days is overall a pretty simple task.

Roof of house with solar panels and sun

Choosing A Solar Installer

There are so many solar panel providers in the Australian market today, you can find one here. So, you may not know where to begin. The first thing you should do is ask a friend or neighbour that has installed solar systems for their household which provider they used. They can also give you information on their experiences, problems and thoughts when it comes to their solar system. After gathering this information, you should also do some research online about the solar providers in your area and get quotes from them. South East Queensland is a large region and there are many providers within it.

Make sure the providers you want to get a quote for a solar system are a member of the Australian Clean Energy Council. If they are not members of the council, you will not be able to receive government subsidies when purchasing panels from them. Businesses who have accreditation with the Clean Energy Council will be guaranteed to employ electricians and experts who are specialised in setting up solar systems. Providers also must sell consumers quality solar systems and provide proper installation or else they will lose their membership.

Once you have asked a solar system provider for a quote they will send a team of verified solar experts and electricians to assess your property’s physical aspects and your current power supply and network. After the analysis is finished the provider usually recommends one or two solar systems that are tailored to your household. Getting quotes from two or three solar providers is a good idea, so you can make the right choice. Here is a list of three recommendations, so you can make the correct solar system purchase:

  • Make sure that your solar system has a warranty of at least 25 years. Remember you only benefit overall from installing solar panels in the long-term, not the short-term.
  • Expect the system and installation to be costly. If a quote for a similar or same system is substantially less than all the other quotes, this system will be a dud with poor quality installation and equipment.
  • Make sure you receive the most you can get out of the government’s solar panel rebate. Make a purchase that could attract a higher subsidy.

Lastly, remember that Queensland is a cyclone prone area. The mounting system for your panels needs to be very good quality and certified. Make sure your solar provider has certifications for the mounting system in the quote document before you make the purchase. The last thing you want is your solar panels being blown off your roof in a storm.

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