How to Get the Best Solar Panels For Your Home

 

compare best solar panel With continuously rising electricity costs, many worried homeowners are opting to install solar panels. But with many different brands of panels and many solar companies with competitive pricing, finding the right solar panels for your home can feel like a daunting challenge. By doing your research, it will not only help you choose the most reliable brand and solar provider but also give you knowledge on how a solar PV system works and how you can get the quickest return on investment. Here are some pointers to help you get the best solar panels for your home.

What Size Solar Panel System Do I Need?

The size of your solar panel system depends on households’ annual electricity needs. 5kW-7kW are the most commonly installed grid-connected solar system sizes for homes in Australia. This is because 5kW-7kW solar systems can produce enough energy for a household to run during the day and reduce electricity bills enough to see a fast return on investment.

Research Solar Panel Brands

When deciding to install or upgrade a solar panel system, it can be an overwhelming experience browsing different brands of solar panels and other solar equipment on the market at any given point. Reviews based on quality, customer testimonials, performance, value, and feedback by solar industry professionals can be a deciding factor for you.

Get Some Solar Incentives

Be sure to ask if the provider and their products are eligible for the solar and battery rebates, subsidies, and incentives before requesting quotes. Look for a CEC-accredited company to install your solar PV system.

Ask Installers The Right Questions

Going solar is a long-term investment, it’s really important to work with someone that you can trust. Once you have decided on the hardware and your ideal financing option, you’re ready for the final step which is choosing a solar company to complete your installation. Asking your solar installer the right, crucial questions can help you choose a reliable company suited to your needs.

Get A Number Of Quotes To Compare

Speaking with many different installers to receive quotes will give you the knowledge about standard pricing of solar panels. You will avoid picking an overpriced quote or a very low price that is too good to be true. Asking questions about quality, value, and price can help you understand more about solar and make the right choice for your long-term investment. Think you’re ready to take the plunge & get solar? Get 3 Obligation FREE Quotes from installers to compare prices and systems!

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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