Thinking of making the switch to solar energy? There are a few things you should know first, so you can make the best decision for your home. Our solar experts will take you through the important factors below.
Solar power continues to increase in popularity across Australia with around 2.5 million homeowners utilising solar panels in their own homes today. If you’re based in Brisbane, solar power is an investment with many benefits – as Queensland’s climate is perfect for solar generation.
In fact, Brisbane boasts clear skies for more than 280 days of the year. So locals can produce plenty of electricity all year round.
Time is Money
The simple fact is that solar panels help homeowners save money on electricity bills. The sooner your solar panels are installed, the sooner you can start saving. Having your own solar power system means you will be generating the majority of your own power and not using as much electricity from the grid.
If you don’t use all that power, you can feed it back into the grid for savings on your bills. By utilising the feed-in tariff with your energy supplier, you can get credit for your surplus electricity – so you pay less on your next bill.
If you’re holding off on solar because you’re waiting for the price of solar batteries to drop, you’ll miss out on savings sooner. The cost of batteries is expected to decline, but not substantially in 2021. And you can always install a battery years after a solar panel installation.
Solar Panel Costs in Brisbane
The cost of solar panels in Brisbane is affected by a variety of factors. While there’s no cookie-cutter answer, we break down below exactly what the pricing entails and what you could be looking to spend on solar in 2021.
What the Cost Includes
The AUD: The price of solar does depend on the Aussie dollar as most components of a solar power system are imported from overseas. The overall price can increase or decrease based on how strong the AUD is at the time of purchase.
Solar rebates: Thanks to both local and federal incentives, there are several ways you can save on the total cost of installing your solar power system. The Federal Government incentive is known as the small-scale renewable energy scheme. This allows homeowners to receive money for each small-scale technology certificate (STC) that’s generated from the kilowatt of panels installed.
For those living in QLD, the Interest Free Loans for Solar and Storage Scheme is available under the Affordable Energy plan. The program is currently closed but keep an eye out on the Queensland Government website for updates on the program. If you’re after other ways to pay for solar, Pedleys Solar offers a range of finance options.
High retailer competition: Australia’s solar industry is booming. Because of this, the market is highly competitive. This has driven some competitors to sacrifice quality of product and service for lower prices. That’s why it’s so important to carefully compare companies to ensure you choose the best one for your home.
The installation cost: To get the most out of your solar panels, they’ll need to be installed by a professional. The cost of your solar panel installation is mostly affected by the amount of panels and the type of installation.
Standard Solar Panel Retail Prices (Dec 2020 Estimate)
Premium Solar Panel Retail Prices (Dec 2020 Estimate)
Commercial Solar Panel Retail Prices (Nov 2020 Estimate)
Choosing the Right Installer and Panels
The most important decisions you’ll make will be the brand of solar panels and who you choose to install them. A solar expert will be able to help you choose the solar panels most ideal for your home. But that’s why going with an expert is crucial. When looking for panels and an installer, make sure you follow these key criteria.
The Crucial Factors
Accreditation: The first thing is to ensure they’re accredited by the Clean Energy Council (CEC). This qualification is required for a solar system in order for the government to pay out rebates. And of course, CEC accreditation for an installer gives confidence that the installer is trained in the safe and effective installation of solar power systems.
Cost: Like anything in life, you get what you pay for with solar panels. Your solar power system will be an integral part of your household for the next 20-30 years, so it’s essential to go with a system that has the quality and performance you’re happy with.
Warranty: There are several warranties you’ll need to be aware of. Look for a solar panel company that provides a written performance guarantee that covers at least 25 years. The solar panel product should have a warranty of 10 years minimum and the workmanship should carry at least a 5-year warranty. But the longer the warranty the better.
Reputation: It’s always best to do plenty of research on the supplier and your installer to ensure the quality is up to scratch. Ask for some referrals and look at some previous examples of installation work.
How to Not Get Swindled
Unfortunately, not every installer has the best intentions. They might be just inexperienced in solar installations or maybe they’re out to purposely overcharge. Follow these tips below to make sure you don’t get swindled.
- Brush up on your knowledge about solar and the rebates. That way you’re ready to ask potential suppliers the hard-hitting questions that only an expert installer would know.
- Obtain multiple quotes from various solar companies so you can compare and find the one that best suits your needs and budget.
- Always look at your potential solar supplier’s company and customer history.
- Don’t forget to double- and triple-check their warranties.
- Look for a company that has been in operation for over 5 years.
CEC Accreditation is KEY
As previously mentioned, a CEC accredited supplier is paramount in protecting consumers and maintaining industry standards. Rest assured that a CEC accreditation represents the legitimacy of the company and also means they’re watched and held accountable for violations.
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CEC requirements are a good baseline for installers, but some go above and beyond. With over 40 years of experience, Pedleys Solar is proud to offer our clients a 25-year warranty on the solar panels installation and performance – higher than the CEC’s minimum 5-year requirement. This provides peace of mind and ensures you make the most out of your investment.
Finding the Best Value
Choosing the perfect solar power system for your home is all about balancing top quality with the best price. For a friendly, experienced solar panel installer you can trust in Brisbane, get in touch with Pedleys Solar and receive an obligation-free quote today!