Our top 5 tips on where to start when considering solar for your home!
So you are considering solar energy for your home. But there is so much information out there and it’s hard to compare the mangoes with bananas! Here are our top 5 tips on where to start when considering solar for your home.
1. Look at your energy consumption!
On the back of your previous power bills you will see a graph and it will show you what your homes average daily usage is. This will be shown in kilowatt hours per day. You will need to look at various system sizes and work out what impact various size systems will have on your power bill.
For a normal residential house in the Top End, Power and Water have set a limit of a maximum 4.5kW system. A system this size will generate approximately 20 kW hours per day. Based on this you will be able to work out what the impact a 4.5kW system will have on your power bill. If you don’t use much power you may only need a smaller sized solar power system.
The majority of installations in the Top End are grid connect systems, ie there is not battery bank system. This means that your house will use the solar that is generated during the day and anything that is left over is sent back to the power grid and you will be paid for this by Jacana Energy.
2. Look local first and make sure all licences and accreditations are in place!
This one may sound obvious but the solar business is big business and there are a lot of companies that are cold calling Top End homes without knowing about Top End conditions, our cyclone Building code regulations and our Power and Water rules. This means there are a lot of claims about how much solar you will produce off a standard residential system.
Local companies also employ local people, benefit the local community and support community and sporting groups. It’s a win, win, win especially if you need a follow up visit after your system in installed!
3. Check out the Power and Water website.
Power and Water provide a lot of information on their website and we highly recommend checking it out. Their FAQ’s are really handy and they also have a great checklist that you can use when talking to in stallers and gathering quotes.
4. Is your quote the final price you pay?
There should be no hidden fees and no tricky wording around rebate and incentives. Your quote should generally be inclusive of engineering fees and Power and Water fees.You should be able to also clearly see your federal government rebate amount and this is generally displayed as STC’s (Small-scale Technology Certificates). For a 4.5kW system this equates to approx. $4000 and should have already been taken off the quote price.
5. Book a Site Visit with the Installer
To ensure that you get the right system and the best bang for your buck we recommend booking a site visit with your installer. At this site visit the installer should look at the shading on your roof, look at the pitch and orientation and help you to make the best decision as to the location of your system and the type of inverter that will generate the most power for you.
For more information call our office on 8998 9609 or call into our showroom at 1 B/2 Travers St Coconut Grove Mon – Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm.