The current solar power boom is leading to a rise in complaints according to consumer advocate Choice. Solar installation problems may include low quality solar panels and components, and systems that do not work as promised.
Assessing your property and its energy use is crucial to installing an accurate solar energy system size for your needs.
For an average Australian family home a 5kW solar power system is a relatively large system and should easily supply enough electricity. If you have a 5kW system and its not big enough then your home is using way above the Australian average kWh domestic consumption rate.
Its now estimated that well over one million Australian homes are using rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to generate clean electricity for their daily power requirements. If you are in the market for a solar power system then there are a few points to consider.
So you’re thinking of going solar? You’re in good company. Already more than 1.6 million Australian households and counting have taken control of their energy use and their power bills by generating clean, cheap energy from the sun. It’s nothing short of a rooftop revolution.
In the southern hemisphere solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are usually mounted in a northerly facing direction to gain the maximum amount of sunlight possible hitting the surface of the panels.
The cost of deploying renewables across Australia is just a small proportion of electricity bills. By far the largest component of electricity bills is network costs (40 to 50 per cent of bills) – that is, upgrading transmission and distribution infrastructure such as poles and wires to handle rising peak demand and replace old equipment.