Category Archives: Installation Advice

Calculating Payback period for solar

The solar energy industry has seen a rapid boom in popularity in recent years. In 2009, as much as 20GW of solar systems were installed worldwide, and currently, the number of installed solar systems has increased rapidly at 480GW, a rate of 24 times of growth in just over a decade. With this fast-paced growth […]

SA Home Battery Scheme – What to know

The Home Battery Scheme is a subsidy for all grid-connected systems – provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – to help pay for the cost of a home battery system. It is available to all South Australians buying a energy-storage equipped solar PV system. The subsidy only covers the battery component of a system. […]

Are Solar Batteries worth the investment in Australia in 2021?

In Australia there are only 110,000 households with energy storage, less than 5% of solar adopters. Battery systems allow households to reduce their dependence on traditional on-grid electricity. But battery systems are costly, and have high pay-back periods. Adding a battery to a residential solar system can double the amount of self-generated electricity consumption. For […]

Commercial solar, a good investment for businesses?

Australian businesses looking to cut their energy costs might be considering investing in rooftop solar. Over the last 10 years, Australian power prices have doubled and are expected to rise by another 4% per year on average. Solar is officially the cheapest form of electricity available, and a very safe investment in 2021. The Australian […]

Things to watch out for in Solar Retailers

When buying solar, there are a few things to keep in mind. We’ve compiled some tips to avoid any headache further down your solar journey. Be sure to focus on the important aspects of your purchase as it’s a substantial investment and one you’ll be living with for a long time.  Recommendation The best place […]

‘Inappropriate Sales’, a solar cautionary tale.

There are too many people who are at the mercy of inappropriate solar sales practices, with a record of 378,000 solar systems installed in Australian households last year, but the switch to solar hasn’t come easy.  There is not enough Protection when things go wrong The CEC recorded 97 complaint cases this quarter, of which […]

Sizing your solar system for South Australia

For first time solar buyers, you may wonder how to size your solar pv system. This is important as you might not install enough solar panels to justify the energy savings, this also applies the other way as you might install too many solar panels. The amount of solar you would want, depends on: Your […]

Trouble with unsafe DC isolators

Image: Safer Solar Rooftop DC isolators have come under fire lately due to safety and regulatory concerns. In an interview with pv magazine, head of Queensland-based renewables company REA Global , Michael Mrowka has stated that, “One example is the AS/NZS 5033 standard that mandates rooftop solar isolators, which have become the largest single cause […]

Things to look out for in a solar installer

Cost A significant factor but may not be the most important, some installers may offer cheap prices but once, you have installed and run into faults; you may find that the company has mysteriously disappeared, making you an unsecured creditor. You may be depending on a solar system everyday for 20-30 years, so make sure […]

Things to look out for before signing a solar contract

Make sure it’s easy to understand Ensure the term’s are written using plain language, simple to understand. Use of legalese is simply not necessary and just raises doubt about the contractor. Only sign when you are clear on the terms and what you are getting Under Australian Consumer Law, all verbal promises are ‘express warranties’ […]

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