Building, Purchasing and Renting

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If you’re in the process of building or purchasing a property, it’s a great time to start educating yourself on how to avoid high electricity bills and save money by switching to solar. Planning the switch to solar in preparation of moving into your new home will assist in reducing your electricity bills from the get-go!

Solar PV Systems come in various sizes and installations can be very different depending on several factors such as roof size, positioning and location of your home. To ensure you can maximise your solar savings, you’ll want to learn what is going to work best for your household and get in touch with different Solar Providers who can tailor quotes to your needs.

If saving with solar sounds ideal to you but you’re currently renting, solar is still a possibility! Expressing interest to your landlord and obtaining their approval to switch to solar can greatly benefit yourself and your landlord.

Interesting Facts About Switching to Solar

  • Adds 5% $ value to your property & properties with solar sell 20% faster!
  • The best way to reduce power bills & ROI can be as little as 3-5 years.
  • Has generous Government rebates still available worth $2,000-$5,000!
  • Environmental Impact- sleep easy knowing your home doesn’t release harmful emissions.

Building

If you’re in the stages of building, it is a good idea to start planning your solar installation before the completion of your home.  For quotes to be tailored to your property, Solar Providers will generally need to view and assess the roof of your household.

Less than 3 months to completion – If you’re less than 3 months away from your roof being completed, we can assist in getting you in touch with 3 solar providers to start the process now!

For the solar provider to give you the most accurate quotes, they will require the following information;

  • Roof space
  • Roof orientation
  • Potential obstacles or shade restrictions (large trees)
  • Household size

If you’re less than 3 months away from the completion of your roof, make sure you have filled in your details in the provided form to be put in contact with solar providers and start receiving your 3 obligation free quotes!

More than 3 months to completion – If your home is more than 3 months from completion, not to worry! If you have completed our form we will be in touch with you in a few months to kickstart your solar planning, so, for now, you can sit back and relax!

Purchasing

Whether you’re preparing to move into your first house, a new house or have an investment property, solar can be a hugely valuable addition to the property and assist in greatly reducing your power bills. To ensure the process runs smoothly and to provide the most accurate quotes, solar providers will require you to be moving in or obtaining ownership of the property within 3 weeks, before supplying quotes.

If the property you are purchasing has an existing system that you are wanting to upgrade, expand on or add a battery storage component to, suppliers will require access to the roof, the system, original warranty and paperwork of the current system, if possible, before providing an accurate quote.

If you’re ready to start the process and are less than 3 weeks away from moving in or obtaining ownership of the property, make sure you have filled in our form and 3 Solar providers will contact you within 48 hours!

More than 3 weeks away from moving in or obtaining ownership- If you’re more than 3 weeks away from moving in or obtaining ownership, not to worry! If you have completed our form we will be in touch with you soon to kickstart your solar planning, so for now you can sit back and relax!

Renting

For renters who are wanting the benefits of solar energy, the first step is expressing your interest with your landlord. Switching to solar energy is a mutually beneficial upgrade for renters and property owners.

A landlord that is not able to or not interested in paying for the cost of a solar system, may want to consider a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). A PPA allows a third-party installer to pay and install a solar system at a property, under the approval of the property owner. The property then acts as a host for the solar system and will produce the energy for the tenant/renter to use. The energy used will be sold to the renter/tenant by the third-party installer at a fixed and reduced rate, in comparison to the grid.

If you are a landlord (or a renter with your landlord’s permission) and you’re interested in installing a solar system at your property, make sure you fill in your details to receive 3 obligation free quotes to start the process!

Interested in prices and how much you could save?

If it’s not quite time for you to start receiving quotes, but you’re still interested in knowing what prices and savings to expect when switching to solar, check out our Solar Savings Calculator!

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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.