Your complete solar checklist: everything you should ask your solar energy installer

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Solar energy has become increasingly popular in recent times. In 2019, over 300,000 Australian homes installed solar panels. Not only is solar power a renewable energy source that improves the environment, it is a long-term investment to your home that may reduce your electricity bill and increase the value of your home. With endless amounts of information on the internet, it can be overwhelming on where to start. Let Erg Energy take the confusion out of your residential or commercial solar panel installation. Here is your complete solar checklist: everything you should ask your solar energy installer.

1. WHY SOLAR POWER?

As you are reading this article, you may be interested in investing in a solar system and have already conducted some research of your own on why to choose solar. It is always good to hear from a professional perspective to ensure that solar energy is the right solution for your home. Some of the known benefits of solar power include reducing your electricity bill, increasing the value of your home, protecting the environment and providing a sustainable long-term energy solution for your home for many years to come. Be sure to ask your local solar power installer what the benefits of solar energy are.

2. HOW DOES SOLAR POWER WORK?

A common myth is that solar power works best in warmer climates. Solar panels work by converting sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity and then alternating current (AC) power (what your home uses) through a converter. This process can occur even on a cloudy day which means a domestic solar installation is suitable for all Victorian homes from the hottest parts of Northern Victoria to colder locations in southern Victoria including Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Ask your local solar power installer for more information about how solar energy works. For more information, contact our team of friendly solar energy professionals at Erg Energy.

3. HOW DO YOU PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICE?

Not all solar energy installers are equal. Just like any professional service that you would hire to come to your home, you want to ensure the solar power installer you choose is reliable, efficient and qualified. Ask for case studies or reviews of recent solar installation projects to ensure similar work has been completed to a quality standard. Qualifications are important to ensure that professional and knowledgeable work is provided. Ask your solar power installer what certifications and credentials they have. At a minimum, an electrical license is required. An accreditation with industry associations like Master Electricians Australia and Clean Energy Council of Australia may also be desirable as this shows a commitment to quality work and continuous improvement in the industry.

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4. WHAT REBATES ARE AVAILABLE?

Not all solar energy installers are equal. Just like any professional service that you would hire to come to your home, you want to ensure the solar power installer you choose is reliable, efficient and qualified. Ask for case studies or reviews of recent solar installation projects to ensure similar work has been completed to a quality standard. Qualifications are important to ensure that professional and knowledgeable work is provided. Ask your solar power installer what certifications and credentials they have. At a minimum, an electrical license is required. An accreditation with industry associations like Master Electricians Australia and Clean Energy Council of Australia may also be desirable as this shows a commitment to quality work and continuous improvement in the industry.

5. WHAT IS THE BEST SOLUTION FOR MY HOME?

Whether you are looking for a baseline solar energy option or would like a full off-the grid home solution, ensure you are receiving customised advice for your individual requirements. There are many considerations to take into account when deciding on a complete solar solution, including how many solar panels, where to position the panels so they aren’t shaded, weather proofing for storms and other potential damage. Solar battery storage backups and solar hot water are some other options available that also have current Victorian solar energy rebates for eligible households. Erg Energy offers off-the-grid solutions so you may never pay an electricity bill again.

6. HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY SOLAR INSTALLATION?

You wouldn’t buy a car and not get it serviced, so don’t do the same for your solar energy system. Regular maintenance of your residential solar power system ensures that the equipment is operating safely, correctly and efficiently. Like all electrical equipment that needs to be maintained, regular servicing will ensure that switches do not have any defects, wiring has not been damaged and that the solar panels are clean with no faults. Just like your residential solar installation, maintenance should be carried out by an accredited solar system installer. Ask your local solar energy installer what the maintenance costs are before you install a solar power system to ensure there are no nasty surprises after the residential solar power system has been installed.

Solar power is a clean energy solution that will help future proof your home. With the increase in both price and usage of electricity each year, installing a residential or commercial solar power system is a practical solution. When selecting a solar power installer ensure you engage a professional company who is able to answer all of your questions, provide a reliable and efficient service with relevant accreditations and design a solution that is right for your needs. With the Victorian solar energy rebates currently available, solar is more affordable than ever and the funding will fast track your return on investment (ROI). Imagine never having to pay an electricity bill again. There you have it, your complete solar checklist – everything you should ask your solar energy installer. To keep the conversation going, by contacting our team of solar experts at Erg Energy.