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Why Solar Installation is not for Everyone

In a world where there is so much information on practically every topic, it can be hard to break through the noise to get to the truth, and the more information you are being bombarded with, the harder it can be to make a truly informed decision.

Deciding what is the right solar power system for your home or business can feel overwhelming at any time. And with a load of government incentives now being offered, the chances are anyone wanting to install solar power may feel they are running out of time to get the right system at the best price.

We would hazard a guess that many solar power installers will be strongly encouraging businesses and households to make quick decisions to get the best out of the incentives by installing a system before December 31 when the juiciest of the subsidies expire.

But a rushed decision can end up being a lot more expensive than any savings you will make by cashing in on government incentives with the wrong solar power system for you.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the facts.

Current government incentives on offer mean installing a 6.6kW system by December 31 will generate 100 Small-scale Technology Certificates worth $35 each for a total subsidy of $3,500.

Under the Federal Government program, solar panel systems installed after January 1 will generate 91 Small-scale Technology Certificates each valued at $35 for a maximum total of $3,185 in subsidies.

The difference between the two is a maximum $315 which, while no small chunk of change, can be a false economy if you rush to install a system which is not suited to your home or business.

Given that most high quality solar panel installers are booked weeks, and sometimes months in advance, it can indeed be a costly mistake to have the right system installed incorrectly by a company which is less than professional or thorough in its installation process.

“There are a lot of solar installation companies out there advertising the incentives and pushing customers to make the call on which solar system is right for them in the next couple of weeks,” David Muir from DS Energy explained.

“But the reality is there is no need to rush such a big decision. Having solar power installed can be a costly process and yes, the incentives on offer at present can reduce that cost by around 30%, but we believe a rushed decision is often a good way to ensure buyer’s remorse.

“Have a good look around at what is on offer and do your research to find out what is right for you, your business and your household. Take your time.”

Mr Muir continued saying factors which should be considered include how electricity is used in the home or business and peak hours of use.

“It is also important to remember that installation of solar power will have an impact on the facade of a home or business,” he said.

“For businesses it could be a great way of showing a commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly practices so it may be worth having it in a hard to miss spot on the building, but this is not usually the wishes of a homeowner.

“It often takes between three to five years to repay the cost of solar installation - depending on the system chosen - so it is important to make sure you get it right.”

Contact us to discus your solar options.