Even though solar panels are very adaptable to a range of harsh conditions; we still do recommend at least once a year clean. This can be done via a wipe over with a clean cloth, or you can utilise the services of a solar maintenance company that will run performance tests as well as a general clean. If your home or business is exposed to more environmental conditions, then a 6 month maintenance routine might be more suitable.

Put simply, whatever energy doesn’t get used by the household is “exported” to the electricity Grid at a rate determined by the energy retailer. This rate is referred to as a feed in tariff (FIT) and is measured in cents per kilo watt hour (c/kWh). Some electricity retailers offer a higher feed in tariff for excess solar, but it is important to understand what your usage rate is in exchange for a higher FIT. Sometimes, it is not worth sending anything back to the grid because it simply isn’t worth that much.

Another effective way to utilize excess energy generated by solar is to install a Battery. This allows you to store and use solar energy during peak demand periods (4pm-9pm) where charges are higher than off peak periods (daytime).

We consider a variety of factors prior to recommending an appropriately sized system. Believe it or not, a bigger system doesn’t mean that you get the best benefit. When assessing the suitability of a Solar PV system, we assess the following.

  • Your energy consumption throughout the year
  • Your location and the surrounding environment (trees, neighboring buildings ect)
  • Your roof type and space available
  • Your long-term plans
  • Your budget
  • Your energy habits and the overall profile of the home/business

The good news is that we consult with you on sizing a solar system and consider all the above criteria before proposing a tailored solution.

Solar STCs, or Solar Small-scale Technology Certificates, are renewable energy certificates associated with small-scale solar power systems in Australia. They represent the environmental benefits obtained from generating renewable energy. Eligible solar power systems with a capacity of 100 kilowatts or less can create and sell STCs based on factors such as system capacity, location, installation date, and expected energy generation.

Essentially, they can be used to lower the cost of your new Solar PV system and we can handle the process for you.