With electricity prices on the rise, there has never been a better time to switch to solar. When making the decision to switch to solar, there are a few things to consider:
Ask your electricity supplier:
- will you be able to connect to the local network and get the feed-in tariff?
- what are the solar feed-in tariffs and rates for peak and off-peak periods?
- are there any extra fees for switching to solar or switching to another electricity company offering cheaper bills or a higher feed-in tariff?
Ask solar power providers:
- what size system is needed to cover your energy bills and what is the total installation cost?
- do any government rebates apply, how much would you get and what do you need to do to receive them?
Once you have signed on the dotted line, keep in mind any variations to the system design must be documented and signed off by you before installation. In addition to the standard conditions, ensure that the following points are also covered off in your contract:
- there is a clear itemisation of the component costs and whether the total price includes small-scale technology certificates (STCs);
- a design summary with a proposed system roof plan;
- monthly system performance estimates;
- a discussion about the expected efficiency losses due to shading or orientation;
- full disclosure of all assumptions made in relation to systems and finance offerings;
- warranties and guarantees, including installer workmanship;
- all payment terms. Some suppliers may ask for a 10% deposit and the remaining balance on completion, or full payment upon installation. Others may offer progress payments and interest free packages. It’s important to talk with your supplier to ensure you know what payment terms applies to you;
- service agreement and an agreed timeframe for installation, keep in mind some service agreements generally cover faulty works after install, but not general maintenance like cleaning as this is usually an additional cost.
If your contract covers off all of the above points, you may still be required to contact your electricity retailer and ask about any tariff changes that apply after solar is installed.
At Solar Australia we are here to help! Our team can assist you with your solar enquiries, talk you through any concerns you may have to ensure you make an informed decision and get the right solar system for your home or business.
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