Tip 1 – Efficiency and future needs
I’d like to invite you to think about your roof space as an asset. By that I mean if you cover your roof with inefficient solar panels what you’ll find is that you want give yourself space to grow.
Space to grow means you might want to think about battery storage in the not-too-distant future; you might want to get an electric car; you might want to get a pool or perhaps ducted air-conditioning and if you cover your roof with inefficient solar panels that doesn’t give you that space to grow. So think about the future as well as current needs.
Tip 2 – Inverters
Buy a European made inverter. The inverter is like the engine of the whole system so if you skimp on this area you’re really doing yourself a disservice.
European-made inverters tend to be more efficient, more reliable and they last longer.
Tip 3 – Warranties
Warranties are really important and obviously everyone would like a good warranty but also people would like to have a warranty that is held here in Australia and that’s critical – you want to make sure the solar panels and the inverter manufacturers both have a local presence here in Australia if you do have any sort of warranty claim.
Tip 4 – Go Local
Local is great – it supports local business but local is also really good from an after-sales service perspective – so wherever you can support a local business
Tip 5 – Price
This is really interesting because a lot of people do buy on price but for me it’s not the most important consideration. When I think about value for money it means more than price. It means:
- how long is my system going to last
- how much electricity is it going to produce for me over the short medium and longer term and
- how much money is it going to save me on my bill
I would encourage you to go for a higher efficiency panel and a higher efficiency inverter that will last longer and produce more power than a cheaper system.
So they are my five top tips on choosing the right solar power system for your needs.
Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time.