Over the past few years solar rooftop systems have proved to be an outstanding investment. Data from the Clean Energy Regulator analyzed by CSIRO shows that in 2020, around Australia, over 362,000 rooftop solar PV installations were issued with small-scale renewable energy scheme certificates (STCs) under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. Solar rooftop systems offer a wide range of benefits to both commercial and residential properties. Additionally, it reduces our dependency on fossil fuels and thus contributes to nature. However, there are some uncommonly common questions we come across from individuals who inquire about solar. Assessing customer queries, questions and objections by educating them more about solar is the part of business we love the most.
1. How much will my solar panel maintenance cost me?
Solar panels are pretty low-maintenance, so if you decide to go with a solar power system, you should be able to reap the benefits without much hassle. However, keeping an eye is necessary. If you notice anything unusual about your solar system’s functioning, you should act immediately before the problem worsens. It is recommended to get your system checked by the original installer. If he can not do it for any reason, get in touch with a CEC accredited installer who can solve the purpose to make sure everything is up and running. A lot of maintenance costs can be avoided with high end products, exclusive warranties and quality installations. Solar PV systems, if installed correctly, don’t call for cleaning, Australia receives enough rainfall to clean the panels and increase their performance. However, if you reside in an area with a lot of dirt in the air, you may need to consider developing a cleaning schedule for the panels. We love installing panels at your property but we aim at doing so with a lot of awareness. We at Arise Solar, check your property specifications thoroughly and provide the best possible solar installation accordingly.
2. What happens to my roof after installation?
Solar panel installation should not affect the coherence of your roof. Panels have proven to serve as a protection layer for the roof after installation. However, there may be problems with the installations sometimes and that can harm your roof. Make sure to inspect your solar system after installation. If there are any damages due to solar installation, speak to your solar retailer and they shall be able to solve them. On the safer side, always get your roof inspected by a building inspector to check if your roof is strong enough to hold the panels. Once you have selected a solar retailer (Look for solar companies that guarantee solar installations) and your system has been designed and pre-approved, the installation can start. The installation as such takes up to 3 to 6 weeks depending on the size of your system and the weather conditions.
3. What do I do with the old solar system on my roof?
Ask yourself, are your old panels still working? If not, it’s time to get them replaced. Panels that were installed in Australia in early 2000’s are about to reach the end of their life. So what do I do with it? Solar waste is almost harmless. Sending solar panels to landfills is a good disposal option. Recycling them produces harmful chemicals thus leading to more greenhouse gases. If you are looking at making some bucks out of the old panels, you can certainly sell them on online re-selling markets and other second hand markets.
4. Do I need a switchboard upgrade?
If you have a traditional meter at your property, yes! Your switchboard does need upgrading. You need to install a smart meter before you can install solar. Smart meters make it possible for you to keep track of the energy exported and imported from the grid. However, that is not usually a part of the solar package. You need to arrange that additionally and pay extra bucks for it.
Renewable energy for clean energy
Solar energy proves to be the best renewable energy source in Australia. According to the 2021 Clean Energy Australia report, “The industry passed a significant milestone in 2020, with more than a quarter of the country’s total electricity generation coming from renewable sources for the first time.” Start reducing your energy costs with Arise Solar. Arise solar wants to help more Australian businesses take advantage of the financial and environmental benefits of solar energy, so we specialize in the sale and installation of top quality, great value, and commercial solar systems. Book a call with our experts today and get the ball rolling.