Solar power has become an increasingly popular trend in Australia. In fact, it’s been estimated that Australia boasts more than 1.2 million home solar systems, all generating power using little more than the country’s abundant sunshine. This method of renewable energy has taken off primarily because it’s better for the planet, it’s more portable and it’s relatively inexpensive. Solar energy gives you greater control over where you live, how much you pay for electricity and the amount of power you generate for your home. Unfortunately, choosing a high-quality solar power system isn’t always simple straight-forward. Here’s how you can make sure you get the best quality for your money.
Ask About Kilowatt-Hours
Say you’ve gotten quotes from two different solar contractors on the same 5.2 kw DC system, but the prices are significantly different. If this seems funny to you, it probably is. Rather than worrying about the the DC output, you should be asking how many kilowatt-hours each system will give you in its first year. Afterward, divide the system’s total cost by the number of kilowatt-hours. Choose the system that gives you the best output for your money.
Seek Quality Panels
Naturally, you want your home’s solar panels to be made well by an experienced and responsible company. For this reason, it’s recommended that you choose only panels that are rated as tier one or tier two. Tier one panels come from the top two percent of all panel companies. They perform the entire manufacturing process at their own facilities, use the best materials, invest heavily in research and development and use state-of-the-art robotic assembly practices. Most of these companies have been in business for more than five years. You can be assured that these panels will last.
Tier two companies don’t invest as much in research and development and tend to assemble their panels on both robotic and manual assembly lines. The components are still made from quality materials, however, and they tend to offer decent panels for a good price. They’re good for people with a tight budget.
Durability and Dependability
It’s important to take solar panels’ durability and dependability into consideration before you buy. One of the ways you can get this is by choosing panels with a good warranty. Any panels from a reputable company will likely come with a 25 year warranty. However, you should be aware that this warranty is only good for as long as the company stays in business. This is a good reason why you should select a system made by a well-known company that has been in business for many years.
Solar panels are a great investment for anyone, but only if they’re quality products. Because you’re spending a significant amount of money on them initially, you want to make sure you spent it as wisely as possible. With these tips, you can enjoy added certainty that you made the right choice.