Installing and connecting solar panels
If you are looking to install solar panels in Melbourne we recommend you follow these steps to be successful.
The first thing you need to do is to ask our electricity retailer to better assess that how switching to solar will impact your electricity rates and help you save on your energy bills. Your electricity retailer should arrange a digital meter after you have decided to opt for solar energy.
The new digital meter will determine whether any of your existing discounts will change in case the contract offers any feed-in tariffs and how this compares to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART’s) recommended benchmark rate for solar exports
Search for an accredited installer
The next thing you need to do is to find out a CEC approved installer like Ultimate Solar Energy and Get a quote from them. You can find a list of accredited installer on the Clean Energy Council website.
Before sign up you should ask for a written quotation.
Understand the following:
the total cost of the system and installation
The inverter quality and specifications and the size and output of the system
The start and completion dates
Estimation of the average output of the system, while considering an estimate of output during the best and worst months of the year
Guarantees and warranties.
If you are facing any problems with your solar installer you can contact Ultimate Solar Energy.
More often than not, your solar installer will manage connecting your solar PV system to the electricity network.
You can also get more information about connection to the grid from your electricity distributor, which will be anyone depending on the area you are living. Take a look at your most recent bill to check the name of your distributor.
Solar panels costs
Installing a solar PV system requires an upfront investment. The price of the system depends generally on the size of it, larger systems usually cost more than smaller systems. The Government’s incentives across different regions of Australia can help reduce these upfront costs.
You can lease or purchase PV systems on finance from some commercial businesses.
We highly recommend you to purchase the system as it will be more cost effective, however, you need to do some research to find out the best way to pay for your solar PV.
One of the most trusted resource to get you started is The Clean Energy Council’s Consumer Guide to Buying Household Solar Panels which you need to check out.