When we go out to buy a house or car, we have a pretty good idea of what we want and the quality of manufacturer behind it. However, when it comes to a solar energy system we are in the dark a bit.
Here are a few guidelines to help.
The CEC (Clear Energy Council) are the authority behind the solar industry. Installers must be accredited by the CEC, and they have strict guidelines as to what products meet our Australian standards.
Each year the CEC release a report which shows their Top 5 Inverters and Top 5 Solar Panels; along with honourable mentions. So that is a great place to start.
Now you have a good idea of worthy products with solid warranties. Again, like buying a car; you know what you want, but who do you trust with your business. When you think about it; that is the key to all purchases isn’t? If I buy a quality TV and it develops a fault; who will replace it hassle-free?
The solar industry is no different. The integrity of the company that you do business with is everything. Will they be there in the future if I need them? Are they trustworthy? How long have they been operating? All key points.
Don’t be taken in by the cheap advertised prices. These are “Foot in the door” tactics. You cannot provide an accurate quote without doing a proper site inspection.
Buy on value not on cost. Solar is a long – term proposition., and a quality system should pay for itself within 3 to 3.5 years. One in three homeowners in Queensland operate on solar energy. It works and saves you money!
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