As soon as you start looking at getting solar for your home or business in Australia – there is so much information overload! In this article we will breakdown our top 10 tips for how to choose the best solar panel installer.


Choose a local solar panel installer

Our team can not stress enough – it is of major importance to choose a solar panel installer who is located nearby to your area. You’re looking for a team who has been around at least 5 years, and provide on-going service to your area.

This is the most sure-fire way to select a solar panel installer who is in it for the long haul and not just there to make a quick buck and leave you with problems. So jump into your local facebook group and ask around for local installers. People are happy to show off their installs and you can see the work in person.


CEC Accreditation

The solar panel installer you choose must be “Clean Energy Council Accredited”. Without this qualification, you actually wouldn’t even be eligible for the government rebates and savings!

So ensure that the team you choose to install your solar panels in registered on the Clean Energy Council website.


Celebrity representation

You can bet your bottom dollar that if the company you’re looking at is paying a celebrity to promote their products, they will subcontract out your solar panel install. This can be installed by anyone who’s done a 5 day course and wants to make money. They might not be the best person for the job, as they have no vested interest in the company – they just want to get the job done as fast as possible so they can move onto the next.


Biggest is not always best

The bigger the solar installer does not mean it will be better for you as the consumer. Just because they have an awesome looking website and a call centre, does not mean you will get a better service. It simply means they have a bigger marketing budget to drown out other installers.


Three quotes from the same people

Many people will do the easy way when it comes to choosing an installer – they click and get three quotes from three “different” providers who are all “recommended”. This is the easiest way to line the pockets of that website. It’s pretty simple they have a vested interest in you choosing one of these providers. They’re laughing all the way to the bank. So please take the time to do your research. It’s not always as easy and clicking one thing to get three quotes.


Consider your property

You need to be realistic with your property as to what return you will actually get on your solar panel system once it’s installed. The most common complaint we hear from customers is that their solar system doesn’t do what the sales team told them!

Is your house in shade all day, or is there an obstruction from trees in the afternoon sun. The orientation of your roof can also have a big part to play, along with how many directions your solar panels will be facing – if they’re split over 2 or more faces on the roof – they can actually fight each other in the strings and not produce nearly enough return for you.


Quality product

Did you know that many solar panel systems in Sydney are getting replaced after only 3 to 4 years? We can almost bet you weren’t awa of that little known fact. If you’re going to go with the cheapest – you will get what you pay for.

Choose a brand that has a 25 year warranty on their panels – with a written performance guarantee. It should also have a solar panel product warranty of 10 years minimum.

Your solar inverter should have a minimum of 5 year warranty, but it’s better if you can find one that will have a 10 year warranty.


Compatibility of your solar system

It’s always a good idea to future proof your solar panel install with a bit of planning for the future. Solar batteries such as the Tesla system are expensive, and may certainly be out of your current budget, however, make sure your install is compliant for adding batteries at a later date.

The great thing about technology is – it’s always getting cheaper. So if you do the legwork and get your solar panel installer to design a system that is battery compatible – you’re in the drivers seat for when you want to add batteries down the track.


Get your switchboard ready for solar

Many times when getting solar installed you can run into problems on the panel install day because your existing switchboard is not up to speed. This will not only mean you need another day off work, but you can’t even get the solar panels working for you and saving money until it’s fixed. We suggest you get your switchboard inspected prior to paying your deposit, so you can make sure everything will run like clockwork on the install day and you will start saving straight away.