Solar Panel Buying Guide

Energy prices seem to be constantly on the rise and electricity bills can be a cause of great financial stress for many Australians.

Why not consider using solar panels as an alternative source of power? Solar panels produce more environmentally friendly energy for your home or business, as well as allowing you to avoid the rising energy prices.

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Here is our best advice for buying your solar panels:

1. Understand PV systems

Understanding the basics will help you to get the best from your solar photovoltaic (PV) system. You need to know that flat solar panels will be attached to your home’s roof in the most effective location to capture sunlight and convert the energy into Direct Current (DC) energy.

This is converted by a device called an inverter which then changes the DC energy into Alternating Current (AC) electricity.

More details can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaic_system

2. Where to place your solar panels

When buying solar panels, it’s always good to use a reputable company who will advise you on where best to place your panels – this advice should be offered readily to you.

Generally, panels work best when facing North and pointed directly at the sun. You’ll need to take into account the climate and weather in your area as well as avoiding areas of shade from trees.

3. The right solar panel installer

Solar panels are a big investment so choose an installer who you feel confident with and whose systems are approved by the Clean Energy Council (CEC).

Always ensure the company you use is accredited, has experience with buildings similar to yours and don’t be afraid to check out their reputation or case studies of work they have done previously.

Shop around – ask for quotes and compare what each installer will offer.

4. Your solar needs

You need to consider whether you’re powering a large family home or simply want to use your solar panels for a small apartment.

You won’t make much money from feeding electricity back into the grid so panel capacity is generally down to what YOU need. Have a think about how much electricity you need and monitor your current usage to gain a clearer idea.

5. Solar Panel Costs

It may seem daunting at first when considering that solar systems can cost upwards of $4000 to fully install however you need to see it as an investment and factor in rebates and discounts that you may be eligible for.

The majority of manufacturers offer warranties of up to 25 years and you shouldn’t expect to replace a solar system before this time anyway.

6. The right roof configuration

You must also make sure your roof is suitable for solar panels. Typically, tiles and tin work best for solar panel installation so if you have one of those, it generally makes the process much easier!