The price of solar systems has dropped dramatically over the past few years, making it an increasingly attractive option for homes and businesses.
The upfront cost of your solar PV system is affected by a number of different factors, including:
As a very rough guide, the total cost of getting a home solar system up and running is between $4000 & $8000 for a 6.6kW system depending on the products that you choose. Larger systems for example, a 10kW system, can actually be cheaper than you think, ranging between $5000 & $10000, again depending on the products chosen.
For businesses, the approximate cost of installing solar ranges from around $8,000 (for a 10kW system) to more than $200,000 (for a high-capacity 100 kW system).
The amount of money your household will save on power bills by going solar is affected by a number of factors, including:
Businesses have a couple of other things to take into account, including the tax implications of any revenue received from feed-in tariffs.
A feed-in-tariff is the amount your electricity retailer pays you for any electricity your solar PV system generates that you don’t use, and is instead fed back into the grid.
STCs are government incentives that help reduce the upfront cost of installing your solar PV system. The value of STCs your system receives differs depending on its size and location.
To be eligible for STCs, your solar system must be installed by Clean Energy Council accredited installers like us.
The Australian solar industry is well regulated and safe.
Solar panels and inverters sold in this country must comply with a range of standards that maximise safety and reliability. The Clean Energy Council maintains a list of currently approved solar panel modules and inverters.
The Clean Energy Council’s Solar Accreditation scheme ensures that the people who design and install solar PV systems are across all the latest safety requirements. Accredited installers are qualified electricians who have undergone additional training and assessment in the installation of solar PV systems. Systems must be installed by a Clean Energy Council accredited installer to be eligible for small-scale technology certificates (STCs).
To keep your system running safely and effectively for many years, you will need to maintain it correctly. See our after installing solar PV section for details on inspecting, maintaining and upgrading your system.
Solar panels do not generate power at night. Once the sun goes down, your home or business will start to draw power from the main grid as usual.
Solar panels still work on a cloudy day; however they will not generate as much electricity as when the weather is clear and sunny.
If you find that your inverter is showing an error code or you receive a bill which indicates that your solar system is not working as it should, it’s best to contact us right away so that we can work to rectify the problem as soon as possible and get you back online.