Solar Power FAQ’s

  • How many solar panels will I need?/ How big of a solar system do I need?

This will depend on your current power usage, expected future power usage, and also the available roof space to install panels. We will assess your previous power bills and ask you some questions to assess your future power usage.

This will enable us to tailor a system specific to your needs and will also future-proof your solar investment.

  • How much money will a solar system save me?

A few factors are in play here, such as how much solar power you use to power your home, known as your solar self-consumption. The other factors will also be the size of your system and also your feed-in tariff (the credit you get paid for selling solar back to the electricity grid). Customers are usually seeing annual savings of between $1600 to $4000 on their solar investment, with batteries greatly increasing these numbers.

  • What is a feed-in tariff?

This is a credit you receive for selling solar power back to the state’s electrical grid. This Feed in credit is used to offset the price of the power you buy when your solar system is not powering your home and it also offsets the cost daily supply charge that you get charged as part of your power bill. Your electrical retailer (the company your buy power from) sets the amount you get paid for this feed in credit.

  • Is there a rebate available for installing solar or battery systems?

YES! There is a rebate of up to $7,000 for eligible solar and solar battery systems. Most systems do qualify for this rebate, we can confirm this via your postcode.

  • How does solar power work?

When the sun hits your solar panels, they produce DC electricity. This DC electricity cannot be used in your home, so it moves to the inverter which converts it to useable AC electricity. Once we have this usable AC electricity, its number one priority is to power your home, its second priority is charge your battery (if you have one) and finally the surplus solar electricity will be sold back to the states electricity grid for a feed in credit, which is used to offset any power you do need to purchase.

  • I have shade, should I still get solar?

With the high-quality panels available on the market today, having a shaded roof is not the issue it once was. DC panel optimisers and micro inverters solar systems are also an excellent option to further improve system efficiency when shade is an issue on the roof. One of our solar technicians can give you advice on which is the best option to combat shade on your roof.

  • Do I need to get a battery with my solar system?

This will depend on how you use your power and the upfront capital investment you are looking to make. Advantages of a battery is that you gain much more independence from power companies. Rising power prices and reducing feed-in credits will have a minimal effect on your power bill costs. You can also gain protection against power outages with all Solar Energy Adelaide solar-battery systems offering “Stage 3 Black-out Protection”.

  • I already have solar and want to add a battery? Is this possible?

It certainly is. It is recommended to have a chat with one of our solar technicians as they will be able to recommend the best battery options for your current solar setup.

  • How long will a solar/solar battery system take to pay off?

As power prices rise, payback periods for solar and solar battery systems reduce. For quality solar systems payback periods are currently at 2.5 to 4 years. For solar battery systems this increases to 5-8 years.

  • Do I get paid for the power my system sells back to the grid?

Yes, you do. This payment is known as your feed-in credit. The price is set by your electricity retailer (the company you buy power from) and is used to offset the power you do need to buy when solar or battery is not powering your home.

  • How long does it take to install the solar system?

This will depend on the size of the system and the complexity of the installation. Most systems are installed within 1-2 days.

  • What brands do we use?

We offer all the best Clean Energy Council Approved inverter, battery, and panel brands available in Australia. Such as Fronius, SMA, Goodwe, Sungrow, Alpha ESS, Suntech, Q-Cells, Senec REC, Trina & Jinko.

  • Are you a Clean Energy Council Approved?

Yes, we are Clean Energy Council approved installers. We also partner with some of the biggest solar and battery companies in the country such as Q-Cells and Senec.

  • Do you sell Tesla batteries?

No, we do not sell Tesla batteries. Feel free to leave your details and we can put you in contact with our recommended Tesla battery suppliers in Adelaide.

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