Here are our Top 5 tips on choosing a quality solar power system:
Tip 1. Give Yourself Space To Grow
Think about your roof space as an asset. You don’t want to cover it with inefficient panels.
Fast-forward 5 years to when you may have an electric car. You may also want to send some surplus solar energy to your battery bank.
If you cover your roof with inefficient panels now, there’s no room for future expansion. So choose a panel that’s at least 19-20% efficient, such as SunPower or LG panels.
Tip 2. Only Buy A European Inverter
They’re more reliable, more efficient and will last much longer than a Chinese counterpart (15 years compared to around 4-5 years). SMA, Fronius and ABB inverters are all made in Europe and are all excellent.
Tip 3. What About Warranties?
Unless your Cantonese is excellent, only buy equipment from manufacturers with warranties held here in Australia.
Imagine a panel or inverter fails … you’ll want to liaise directly with the manufacturer here in Australia to have the issue resolved quickly, rather than return the equipment to China at your own expense.
Tip 4. Go local
Local is good for a number of reasons: you’re supporting local business, but you’re also much more likely to get prompt after-sales service if it’s needed.
Tip 5. You Get What You Pay For
If you’re going to spend thousands of dollars on a solar power system, don’t skimp on the quality of the equipment or installation. Quality equipment and installation isn’t cheap. You very much get what you pay for. It’s very easy for companies to reduce costs by cutting important corners. Only go with a reputable installer that’s CEC-accredited and pay a fair price for a system.
Price is important but it’s by no means the most important factor to consider. With a higher efficiency and slightly dearer system, you can expect to generate more electricity and therefore save more money on your electricity bill than with a cheap Chinese system.
‘A poor man always pays twice.’
Make sure you don’t pay twice. Choose good quality equipment.
This is the true definition of value for money.