Looking to put solar panels on your roof? Here’s what you need to know

Solar power across Australia brings a wealth of benefits, but there are still challenges to be met. For example, the process of how installations work is still largely unknown by most consumers, even though it’s much simpler than expected. 

As technology continues to expand and manufacturers develop solutions that are exceptionally easy to roll out, truthfully, there’s never been a better time to invest in solar energy. 

Homeowners can reap the many advantages of affordable electricity sources, all the while generating and using battery storage solutions to keep their own power for use at a time that suits them best. 

Got excess? No problems – the main grid/network will dish out incentives for feeding back to it.

But beyond the simplicity of installations these days, federal and state governments also contribute regular rebates and grants for those looking to take part in the cleaner energy ‘revolution’ in Australia. We’ve written about these offers here, so you can see what’s available to you according to your jurisdiction.

Need we mention the fact that the cost of solar continues to fall, while installations rise? It could very well be the right time to jump into this increasingly popular, eco-friendly trend (and your wallet will thank you for it).


Your questions on solar energy installation answered


1.Can solar panels be installed on any roof?

This is an important part of the initial process. If a significantly large amount of shade covers your property throughout the year, it may not be an ideal condition to invest in solar. 

During the first few steps in this journey, your retailer will determine the viability of a system for your property, and what you can expect. We recommend thinking about these factors carefully, as it will determine the return on investment in the long-run. 

For those that have suitable rooftops, they still need to be structurally sound. Most systems now come with lengthy warranties to back the unit itself, but you’re responsible for the health of your actual roof in the meantime.


2. How much energy do I need to produce?

Every household is different. The amount of electricity you need to generate won’t be the same as your neighbour. We recommend sitting down and analysing your current consumption, including comparing your bills, and looking over your regular habits. 

Ultimately, there’s no set number – your household consumption dictates the amount of energy you’ll need to produce daily.


3. Are there different types of solar? 

Put simply; there are two primary types of solar technologies on the market: photovoltaic (PV) – which turns sunlight into electricity – and thermal. As you can guess, thermal takes the sunlight and uses it to heat any stored water or air. 

For energy-heavy homes, solar thermal systems can sometimes be the best option, especially if heating or cooling your home is typically expensive in your area. However, these systems are rarer than PV arrays. 


4. How can I connect to the primary grid? 

This depends on where you live, and there’s a lot of smaller details that go into the process. Your retailer will be able to tell you about the steps required, as well as fees, the turnaround time for connection and how much you will be 


5.How do I know if I can trust my energy provider? 

Like any service, it pays to do your homework before signing the bottom line. Tools like our energy health check give you an indication around whether you’re paying too much for your gas and electricity, specifically according to your location and household needs.

Meanwhile, even looking up simple Google Reviews can go a long way to determine the reliability of a provider, and the kind of support they offer. Reading up on what people have to say about your potential retailer goes a long way, and you’ll thank yourself for putting in the effort once you’re all set up.

Of course, if you’re ever unsure about who to turn to, the team at Energy Matters can also point you in the right direction about where to get a solar power system that suits your requirements, as well as provide three free quotes under no obligation at all. You can get in touch by calling 1800 EMATTERS. 


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