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5 points to consider before installing a solar PV system

December 10, 2021

Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. Scientists are also observing changes across the whole of Earth’s climate system; in the atmosphere, in the oceans, ice floes, and on land. Using renewable energy is the key to saving the world. Installing solar panels on your roof is also a wonderful way to generate electricity for your home and business, as well as the grid, without increasing your impact on the environment. However, there are several things Australians should consider before purchasing solar as it is advised to always do some research before investing. 

  1. Does your roof need repairs?

Before considering installing solar panels, you need to ask yourself, how old is my roof? If you know your roof needs to be replaced or is damaged then my friend considering solar is not the right time. You first need to consider repairing your roof before going solar. 

Also consider the weight of the panels getting installed at your property. There are several roofs that cannot take much weight and can lead you into danger. While accessing your roof strength check if your roof has any shading issues. Make sure you research your property before researching solar. However, you can get your roof analysis done by an experienced solar expert who can assess your roof and guide you through the panel installation.

  1. Check your house plan to understand the shape of your roof.

Roofs come in many different shapes and sizes. Before you go ahead with any installation, make sure that your roof has enough space for the solar panels. If there isn’t enough room, you may not receive a return on your investment. The best way to assess the roof shape and size can be to study your house plan. You can find various resources online that help you understand the right size and shape of the roof needed to install solar panels. Also, there are several software’s available to design your roof layout which are very useful. Solar Miner offers high quality solar panel systems with a roof layout designed specifically for your property. We believe every roof is different and thus needs to be treated differently. 

  1. What are the types of warranties to be considered?

There are three different types of warranties that should be considered

Solar Panel Warranty

The rule of thumb is to install Tier 1 solar panels approved by CEC. The panels usually have a warranty of 25-30 years. If the warranty offered to you is for less than 25 years, understand that this is considered lower than the industry standard. This warranty covers a guaranteed minimum power output over the warranty period of the panel. Solar Miner offers a wide range of panels with premium warranties. Speak to one of our solar consultants today to get the latest technology solar panels. 

Inverter Warranty

Remember to always install a CEC approved solar inverter at your property. Inverter warranties generally cover material or manufacturing defects and flaws. Inverter warranties usually don’t cover improper installations, normal wear and tear caused by extreme conditions, and improper maintenance. 5-7 years is the minimum warranty on the inverter offered. Solar Miner offers a smart Wi-Fi inverter with 15 years of warranty. Get in touch with our team today to get this premium inverter.

  1. Did you take advantage of the Rebate?

The Victorian government is providing a rebate of $1400 on the installation of solar on the property along with interest free loans. However, there are various criterias to see if you qualify for the solar rebate in Victoria. I is advised to ask your solar expert what rebates are being offered to you in the solar package so that you do not end up paying high for the solar. Speak to one of the solar Miner consultants today to learn more about your rebate eligibility. 

  1. Did you shop around before signing the contract?

Before signing a contract with any provider, make sure that you’ve done your research. Picking the first provider you came across might seem like a quick and easy way to start saving money sooner rather than later. However, this isn’t necessarily true! If you are serious about installing solar panels on your roof, shop around and get different quotes from different solar providers. Do some research on these companies to make sure that they are reputable and provide quality services. Make sure to check the online reviews of the solar company you get your quote from. This shall provide you more insight on how the company treats its customers. 

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