Thinking about Solar?

There are currently more than 1.4 million residential solar systems installed in Australia, so it’s only natural that you have probably considered it for your own home. With 80% of us concerned about climate change, solar is fast becoming one of the preferred energy sources for Aussies. A lot of us have thought about having solar installed, but don’t really know where to start in terms of making the decision! Never fear, the Amplify team have come up with a couple of points to help you decide whether installing solar is right for you.

Is my roof suitable for solar?

A simple yet often overlooked consideration is the positioning and angles of your roof. Most people don’t realise that panel orientation can significantly affect the return you receive from your solar system.  The ideal roof will face north of northwest and have minimal overhanging trees or shade from surrounding buildings. Whilst you can still install solar panels with these conditions, if your home is not angled or positioned to receive sufficient light, it may be worth reassessing whether a solar system is worth it?

What size system would I need to get?

 A simple way to calculate the size of the system best suited to your needs is to check your most recent electricity bill and divide the average amount of electricity you are using daily by five. This will indicate the rough system size (measured in kilowatts). Best to check this with a solar professional prior to understand how this will impact your bill (will this neutralise the bill completely or just generate a credit).

How much will the system cost?

Installing solar is a significant financial investment, however it is a one-time financial outlay for long term benefits and savings. At the moment, the government also have a generous financial incentive system in place for homeowners that have solar installed on their premises. Once this government incentive is taken into consideration, the cost to the homeowner can be anywhere from $3000 depending on the quality and size of the system.

On average, the savings you accumulate from your electricity bill will generally help you “pay” off the system from 2 years.

**Note: the government incentives are due to decrease from January 1, 2021. This will have an impact on any quoted prices on systems installed after this time.

Are there flexible payment options available?

Depending on the company you use, there are often flexible payment options available – such as finance. We would strongly recommend thoroughly reviewing terms and conditions of any solar finance agreement before moving forward (particularly those that claim to be 0% interest).

Who would I use to do the installation?

The average lifespan for solar panels is 25 years, so it is important to select a Company who will be around for the duration. Imagine if you needed to make a warranty claim and the company you used had disappeared!

Unfortunately, the solar industry is now filled with fly by night sales companies – only concerned with making sales and not paying correct attention to the customers’ requirements or the technical requirements of the installation. No wonder the government has just announced an official enquiry of the Australian solar industry!

There are a number of points you should consider when selecting an installer, but the most important points in our opinion are:

  • Only choose a Company who does the installation themselves (do not use a Company who uses subcontractors).
  • Check out if the Company or representative is approved as a Clean Energy Council installer. You can check this online at the CEC website.
  • Do a thorough check online of other customer recommendations and reviews. A quick Google search will give you all the information you need on a Company!

Final Thoughts

When you install solar panels, not only are you helping reduce your carbon footprint but with an average saving of 80% on your electricity bill – it really seems like a no-brainer! Renewable energy is the way of the future and if we can all contribute in some small way, then we can make big changes.

Enquire today about how we can help you make the switch to solar!