Handy checklist for planning your solar installation

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Handy checklist for planning your solar installation

Having a solar system power your home is different to getting your power straight from the grid.

Doing some research will ensure you know how your electricity rates will be affected, help you determine which size system you need and prepare you for your upfront solar installation expenses and any government rebates you may be entitled to.

Knowing where to start with solar installation can be the hardest part, so we’ve created this handy checklist for you!

1.   Find out how your electricity rates will be affected by solar
Consider your energy usage to determine if a solar system is right for your home. Your usage and rates vary between peak and off-peak times and this can determine how much power from your solar system you’ll use, and how much you may still need from the grid. If you don’t end up using all the power you generate, you can sell it back to the grid through your electricity retailer and the feed-in tariff.

2.   Consider the size of the system you need
The size of the system you require will be determined by your household energy. Consider the size of your household, which times throughout the day you are home and using power and your recent power bills. You can ask installers to provide a general estimate about the size of the system and how many panels you’ll need to meet your energy needs.

3.   Research Government solar rebates and incentives you may be entitled to
Solar PV systems are expensive investments! Knowing what incentive and rebates may be available to you is an important step in determining the final cost of your installation. Homes and businesses that install a small scale renewable energy system (SRES) may be able to receive a rebate under the SRES Scheme to help with purchase and install costs.

4.   Find an solar installer
Choosing an installer will be one of the most important decisions of your solar journey. Ensure you’re working with a licenced, accredited and reputable installer. Ask as many questions as you need to be confident in your decision including information and advice on all the above plus information and costs for warranties, aftercare and maintenance of your system.

5.   Install your system and plan your maintenance
Your solar journey doesn’t end at installation! Once installed be sure to discuss ongoing maintenance with your installer. Panels should be cleaned every 6 months to ensure they’re working optimally and producing the maximum amount of energy possible.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to make the switch to solar!

At Goodhew Solar we guide you through every step of the process. Simply contact us and send us a recent electricity bill to kick off the process so we can determine the most suitably sized system and your potential cost savings.