What's the right size solar power system? How much will it cost?
As every-one's needs are different and the amount of power required by individuals differs we can only give you a guide to cover your usage of electricity. Your current daily kilowatt(kw) usage from your electricity bill will give you an idea of the output from a solar power system required to meet your needs.
Contact us on 1300 856 927 for an obligation free quote and we will discuss your particular needs with you.
What can affect the costs of installing your system?
A base installation rate includes the grid connect system being installed on a pitched metal or tile roof facing north with appropriate surface area available, connecting the solar system, a new meter and inspection costs.
Additional costs will be incurred for a flat roof; any equipment upgrades. If your current meter board won't accommodate the new meter, any required upgrades will be an additional cost. This will be discussed at the time of quotation.
What is an STC?
Small-scale technology certificates (STCs) are created by eligible installations of small generation units such as small-scale solar photovoltaic panels, wind and hydro electricity systems.
An STC is generally equivalent to: 1 MWh of renewable electricity deemed to be generated by small generation units unless the Solar Credits multiplier applies.
The financial benefit supplied to you by an agent, or the total price given to you by a certificate broker/trader, can vary from day to day. This is because STCs are traded in the STC market (like the stock market) and so prices vary depending on supply and demand.
What is an SGU?
A small generation unit (SGU) is classified as a small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) panel. Small generation units generate electricity and have the following requirements:
- No more than 100 kW and a total annual electricity output less than 250 MWh
- Installed on or after 14 November 2005
What is the best position for a grid connect solar power system?
Most customers choose a roof mounted solar system for their homes and businesses. Several aspects will need to be evaluated to determine if your home is a good solar site, such as orientation, space available, shadows on the space available and your current electricity usage. The best site will be one with an adequate north-facing roof that has little or no shading.
What is a kW?
A kilowatt is 1000 watts – but what is a watt? A watt is a measurement of electrical power, and can be calculated from the multiplication of voltage and current. So if you have a 1kW system it could power approximately 10 x 100W traditional light bulbs or if you have energy efficient lighting, it could power more than 65 x 15W mini fluorescent bulbs.
What are the Solar Panels made from?
There are two cell technologies that are prevalent in today's market, they are referred to as polycrystalline and mono-crystalline silicon. Some manufacturers will use one or the other technologies in the manufacture of their product some will use use both. It's important to keep in mind that a 100 watt module is a 100 watt module whether it was made from polycrystalline cells or monocrystalline cells.
Can I insure my grid connect system?
Most insurers will allow you to include the system under your home and contents insurance, but please check with your insurance company first.
How reliable will my system be?
All grid connect systems designed and installed by us comply with Australian Standards, Clean Energy Council and Local Electrical Requirements.
What if there's a blackout?
If there is a blackout in the main electricity grid your system will automatically and safely shut down.
Who installs the system?
We do, we will show you how to ensure optimal operation of the system at all times. All systems are inspected by ACTPLA (ACT) or Essential Energy (NSW) prior to being switched on and connected to the mains electricity grid.