Tips to Help Your Choice

March 26, 2013

Solar power is a fantastic way to reduce energy bills and support a clean energy source however it is important you do your homework before committing to buying a system. To make sure you ask the right questions and buy the best system for your needs we have used the Clean Energy Council’s 10 tips when buying a solar power system.

  • Be an informed consumer. Research your options, be clear on your needs and compare quotes.
  • Know your daily electricity consumption. By understanding what you use, you can assess how much you would like your solar system to generate, depending on your budget.
  • Get an estimate of how much energy your system will generate. Your contract should include an estimate of the average daily output of your system in kilowatt-hours (based on where you live and the size and position of your system).
  • Check with your electricity retailer. Never purchase a solar system without knowing what rate you will be paid for the electricity you generate and whether this will affect any hourly rates in your electricity bill.
  • Always use a Clean Energy Council Accredited Installer.
  • Avoid signing up on the spot. You should not feel pressured to sign a contract on the spot. Take the time to understand up-front costs, warranties and pay back of your solar PV system.
  • Use products that meet Australian standards. Ask your installer to provide proof that the panels and inverters meet the standards.
  • Check the conditions of product warranties and work guarantees. Know who is providing the warranty (manufacturer or importer) and how long it lasts.
  • Keep the documentation. A copy of your contract is necessary to resolve any disputes down the track.
  • Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information, call your Bendigo solar power installations specialists – Solaworks.