Check List Before Finalise Rooftop Solar System
While solar energy is a rapidly growing industry in Australia, its relatively new presence among mainstream consumers presents a unique challenge. Purchasing solar panels for your home is akin to buying a car, with similar pricing and a high level of consumer involvement. However, the limited number of solar panel installations has led to an opaque purchasing process for hesitant and price-sensitive new buyers.
Even fewer customers have experienced the entire lifecycle of a solar energy system. Additionally, given that solar panels typically have a 25-year lifespan, making a mistake during the purchase process can result in long-lasting buyer's remorse. The decision-making process is further complicated by the existence of various incentives and subsidies with their associated conditions.
Here is a quick checklist one must follow before going solar:
1. Assess your roof's suitability for solar panels:
Can my roof handle the additional weight of a solar energy system? If you have a tiled roof, a 6.6kW solar system and its mounting framework weigh around 500 kg. For a tin roof, a 6.6kW solar system with its mounting framework weighs approximately 450 kg.
However, it is still recommended to have a professional inspect your roof.
Are there any significant obstructions leaving their shadow on my roof for a big part of the day?
For optimal energy production throughout the day, solar panels should be strategically positioned to avoid shading. In the Southern Hemisphere, including Australia, north-facing panels are generally recommended. It's crucial to address these factors during the site survey, which many solar panel installers offer at no cost.
2. Conduct a thorough search for Solar Panel Installers:
3. Assess whether you require Grid Connection:
Apart from the suitability of your roof and the choice of solar panel installers, you also need to decide between a grid-tied connection with net metering and a stand-alone solar energy system with battery storage. While a grid-tied connection with net metering offers convenience and cost-effectiveness, battery storage provides energy independence but comes at a higher initial cost and may not offer the return on investment you seek. Ensure that the solar panel retailer you choose handles all necessary permits for a net-metered connection.
Typically, solar panels carry a product warranty that covers manufacturing defects for ten years and a performance warranty from the manufacturer guaranteeing a specific level of power generation for approximately 25 years.
The solar panel installer assembles all components into a functional solar energy system and offers a workmanship warranty on installation typically lasting between 5 and 10 years. This warranty should be carefully considered when selecting an installer. It covers the repair and replacement of faulty components.
Additionally, solar inverters are also covered by separate warranties. Typically, inverters are backed by a manufacturer's warranty ranging from 5 to 10 years.
5. Inquire about Product Insurance Coverage:
6. Check for Solar Panel Rebates and Incentives:
In an effort to promote solar energy adoption, the Australian government provides financial incentives known as Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) for individuals and businesses installing solar energy systems up to 100kW. These STCs can be traded for a cash payment. Additionally, homeowners can benefit from Feed-in Tariffs, which are credits earned for excess energy exported back to the grid.
7. Review available Solar Panel Maintenance Plans:
Home rooftop solar panels for power generation are gaining widespread popularity due to their status as a renewable energy source and the government's strong promotion of solar adoption. However, careful planning and thorough research are essential before making the financial commitment to a solar panel system. By following this checklist, you can potentially achieve a lifetime of free electricity with minimal ongoing expenses.
[Disclaimer: The blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. For accurate and up-to-date information on renewable energy, refer to reputable sources and consult with experts in the field.]
Please don’t hesitate to contact Betta Value Renewable Energy if you have any questions about this topic.