Are solar panels worth it?
Yes – for most households. Electricity bills can
be expected to reduce by 30-60%.
Bill savings and time to recoup investment cost
depends on the proportion of power used during the day when your solar panels
are generating free electricity.
Shifting power usage to during the day, means
investment will be paid back faster, in around 3 years for a typical household.
If much of your power is used at night when your panels aren’t generating electricity,
payback period will be longer, closer to 5-6 years.
What to do with used solar panels?
There are a few options to consider when you'd like to "get rid" of your old solar system: - Cover the panels if they are still on the roof to prevent sun damage - This forum has great topics and provides a lot of knowledge around people's journey ...
The business case for a home to install solar / What size solar do I need?
We advise people to install a system that’ll generate at least ½ your Winter daily usage. If you can install a larger system, that will probably be beneficial (depending on your energy use), and you will be more likely to still receive a feed-in ...
Do I need a permit to install solar panels if my house is covered by heritage overlay?
If the panels are visible from the street (not a lane) or a public park, then a planning permit is required. -> Solar energy systems are generally not supported on the front roof form of a historical significant building. Alternative locations to ...
How are solar panels tested?
This article from CHOICE explains how they test the quality of a solar panel when they publish a review, and it might be a quite similar process when the solar PV production company does ...
How can I tell if my solar system is damaged or underperforming?
If worried about hail damage - As a general rule of thumb, if there's no roof damage than the panels are unlikely to be damaged. If you suspect there may be some damage or underperformance from your solar, you can either do a self-assessment based ...