Solar Power Facts
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On 31st August 2020 the State Government announced it was replacing the current Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme (REBS) with the Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS). As part of this change the buyback rate for electricity exported back to the network (often referred to as the feed-in-tariff) reduced to 3 cents kW, except for 3pm to 9pm, when it would be increased to 10 cents kW.
This link to Synergy will provide the current rates at the time of your installation:-
No, we don’t apply an additional charge for 2 storey properties and we also don’t apply an additional charge for three phase inverters, or for tilt mounting frames if you have a flat roof surface.
The only other costs are for the upgrade, or reprogramming, of your Western Power meter so that you are able to export unused power to the network. The fee for this is $95.70 and there is also a fee of $21.00 to apply for the Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS). These fees are charged to your Synergy account.
The Government rebate comes in the form of Small Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) which you are entitled to when installing a solar system. After we install your system, we register the STC’s and then sell them in the open market to avoid you having to work through the process of selling them yourself. We show the value of the STC’s as a rebate in the quote we provide you.
Usually there is enough space in the existing switchboard to allow the installation of the additional electrical components required for the Solar System. If this is not the case, we can add an enclosure next to the switchboard, which is simpler and more cost-effective than upgrading the whole switchboard. We do not apply an additional charge to add the enclosure.
It is not always necessary to inspect a residential property as we can initially view the roof space using satellite imagery, and then send you a quote based on your requirements, and your power usage. Some customers however like to meet our team members personally, and we are always pleased to accommodate that request. It is also ideal to visit your property to physically measure the roof, look for any shading issues and to discuss the location of the inverter. During this visit we also identify where the cabling would run and ascertain what power supply you have. For commercial properties, it is always necessary to visit the site due to the more complex nature of the installation.
Once you have accepted our quote, we will arrange an installation date with you, which is usually between 14 – 21 days. The only other item we need is a copy of your Synergy bill which we use to obtain approval from both Synergy and Western Power. We do not require a deposit prior to installation, preferring instead to complete your installation and, if you are totally satisfied with our work, we will invoice you the following day. For Commercial customers we require our quote to be accepted in the form of a contract, agreed and executed by all parties.
When we provide a quote, but have not yet seen the property, we will supply a satellite image showing a proposed panel layout. The design will always take into consideration the most effective design to maximise power output, whilst also avoiding placing them on the street frontage where possible. This design is not strict by any means, and we will always listen to your view. You may wish to place panels in different locations on your roof space to take advantage of power which is generated at different times of the day. An example may be panels placed on the West facing roof profile, to take advantage of power being generated when more household activity is evident in the later part of the day.
We normally have your Synergy and Western Power applications approved well before we install the system, and Western Power will then have already changed, or re-programmed, your meter. This allows us to switch your solar system on at the completion of your installation, resulting in power savings from day one.
We install in the Perth metro, south to Bunbury, north to Geraldton and east to Northam
We provide a 5-year workmanship warranty which is covered in Section 11 of the Terms & Conditions document we send to you with our quote. Also, whilst product failures are rare, should you experience this and you need to claim on the product warranty, we will manage this process rather than you having to deal with the product manufacturer.
We started our business in 2012 operating as a sole trader until we incorporated as a company in February 2017. Over the 8 years we have been supplying solar we have completed in excess of 3,500 solar installations
We operate from Carramar, and also have a small shared-office facility in the CBD so that we can meet with people from some of the larger city-based mining companies we do work for. We only work in Western Australia, and our coverage area is primarily Perth suburbs although we have completed installations as far as Kalbarri, Albany and Kalgoorlie.
No, we don’t use sub-contract labour, preferring to maintain our own team of experienced trades people.
We are licensed Electrical Contractors and our current licence number is 012468. We are also Clean Energy Council (CEC) Accredited Designers and Installers and our licence number is A9923205.
Yes, most inverters are either “Hybrid” models, meaning that there is one inverter connected to both your solar and your batteries, or “Battery Ready”, meaning there is an inverter for your solar and a separate battery inverter for the batteries which are added in the future.
The majority of inverters come with a free wi-fi app however these generally only provide details of what the system is generating in production. If you want to monitor Production, Consumption and Export to the grid you will need an additional meter either supplied by the inverter manufacturer or a third-party provider. We can supply and install these meters for you and will provide a quote based on your individual needs.
When we quote to install a meter it is based on a standard installation. On a few occasions there may not be enough room in the existing switchboard to house the meter and the cabling that is required. If you believe space may be an issue we would welcome the opportunity to visit the site and ascertain if additional costs may be required to be included in our quote.
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With so many product options available in the solar industry it can be a difficult decision deciding on which panel is right for you. People within the industry continually refer to Tier 1 panels which infers they are good quality, however Tier 1 is actually a reference to the Financial Stability of the panel manufacturer, not the quality of the panels. The financial stability of the manufacturer is however important, as are other factors such as the size of the manufacturing entity, longevity in the industry, financial strength, insurance backing, expertise, performance and reliability, local representation and warranties.
When deciding between various panels we suggest you refer to the points above and also consider the 2 key measures for solar panels. The first of these is Panel Efficiency, which is the measure of how much of the sunlight, that falls on the panel, is converted into electricity. The second measure is Temperature Co-efficient which measures how much power output a panel loses when the actual temperature of the panel exceeds 25 degrees. We are always willing to explain these in more detail and provide you with comparisons between the panels we supply and install, and other panels which you may be considering.
Most insurance providers will allow you to include your Solar System in your Home & Contents insurance. You should check this with your insurer.