We've heard a few stories lately of door knockers visiting Riverina homes in an attempt to sell residents a solar system.
While their offer may sometimes sound too good to refuse we strongly encourage you to heed this good advice from the Clean Energy Council: How To Avoid Solar Scams.
With any large purchase most people do their homework but sometimes individuals can feel pressured to sign on the spot with limited offers and deals. If this happens to you, or someone you know, always remember you have the right to a cooling off period of ten business days to change your mind.
Of course, being a small business oursleves, we encourage people to shop local where they can. Often your local solar supplier & installer will have competitive prices and much better follow up service!
#solarscams #shopsmart #shoplocal
The end of 2016 also meant the end of the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme.
For households with solar systems this meant changing their metering system from a gross meter to a net meter, allowing them to consume energy needed to run household appliances and export excess power to the grid. Some of our customers have chosen to install digital smart meters to track their energy usage and try to further reduce their electricity bills.
Now the feed-in tariff for any power exported to the grid has reverted back to the un-subsidised rate nominated by your electricity retailer it is a good idea to try and use as much solar power as you can to cater for your household's energy needs. This might mean creating some new habits for the New Year! For example, turning the dishwasher on during the day instead of during the evening and so on.
The Department of Resources and Energy has developed some great fact sheets to ensure you remain informed and get the most value out of your Solar PV System as you can.
#solar #solarbonus #solarbonusending #newyearnewhabits
Before you sign on the dotted line to install a Solar PV System at your home or business here's 3 important things we think you should consider:
1. First and foremost make sure you are purchasing Solar from a reputable business and that the whoever is designing and installing your system is accredited with the Clean Energy Council. Not only is this important to ensure your system complies with the relevant industry and safety standards but it is also necessary to claim any relevant government incentives and rebates. You can check if your installer is accredited on the CEC website.
2. Ensure you are getting value for money. Don't be afraid to get a few quotes but make sure that the Solar System quoted is custom designed to suit your power needs. There is no one-size-fits-all approach so a competent designer and installer will do their homework! This includes at the very least a site inspection and an assessment of your power bill so they can quote a Solar System that will specifically cater to your power needs. A local installer will also be able to offer you follow-up service.
3. ASK! Do your research and ask lots of questions before you sign any contracts!
Examples of questions you might like to ask include:
As we've mentioned in a previous blog post you can download the more comprehensive Clean Energy Council Consumer Buyer Guide here.
And please contact us if you would like an obligation free site appraisal of your power needs.
Are you considering installing a Solar PV System? With plenty of choice out there in terms of products and installers there's a lot to consider.
Making an informed choice is important and the Clean Energy Council (CEC) have some great FREE solar guides to help businesses and residents make the right one!
In fact the CEC website is a wealth of information where you can find accredited installers, battery information and more...
Download your free guide from the Clean Energy Council today!
Attending the Coolamon Shire Solar for Business Seminar on Monday evening it was great to listen to OEH solar industry expert Lisa Miller (previous CEO of the Australian Solar Photovoltaic Institute) educate the crowd on all things Solar!
Lisa explained that since the 70's the growth in Solar Power has been a constant 15% per year. Obviously the 60 cent feed-in tariff saw a big uptake in Solar a few years ago but the good news is that despite this generous feed-in tariff ceasing, the uptake of Solar has continued to steadily rise.
It's good news because Lisa assured us that Swanson's Law means that the cost of Solar will decline as the panel production output increases. Despite many consumers worrying that the end of this generous feed-in tariff meant solar was no longer economically viable, the increase in demand means the cost of installing solar has in fact decreased dramatically over the years.
In fact, according to Lisa's presentation, since 2007 the price installed has dropped by about 90% with Australia enjoying one of the lowest installed prices. Pay-back on a system hasn't changed at all.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to find out how to save money on your power bill.
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The Office of Environment and Heritage and Coolamon Shire Council are hosting a Solar for Business seminar on Monday 6th June at the Ganmain Hall.
#ganmainhallandevents #solarseminar #solarforbusiness
Matt and his team installed 105kw of Solar PV at sewerage treatment plants in Tumut, Batlow, Adelong, Talbingo and Brungle for Tumut Shire Council late last year. With payback on the system estimated to be 7 years on the original proposal the Council have since recalculated the systems will now have paid for themselves within 4 years.
As a result, Matt was asked to be a guest speaker at a field day hosted by the Office of Environment and Heritage in Tumut recently. Participants included government and industry representatives and as part of the day they toured the Tumut Shire Sewerage Plant.
Contact us if you would like a free site appraisal to advise you on your solar options!
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