The following is a simple schematic for how a solar solution works for a typical residential installation:
Financial AdvantagesThere are significant savings to be made with going to solar. A typical investment with solar pays for itself in 3 to 5 years and delivers twice the average return from property investment. We perform a simple assessment to ensure you will achieve the desired savings. We check your current quarterly power bills for usage and costs. We ensure the solar panels can be installed in an area that will achieve the required exposure to sunlight. We ensure any other specific considerations such as your existing agreement with your power provider, applicable regulations and conditions are factored in to make sure you will maximise your return.
With our financing options, this means you pay nothing up front and achieve savings from your next quarterly power bill after the installation.
Govt Rebates and TariffsThe government is currently offering very attractive rebates or what are called Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC's), so it makes sense to install solar now, while they are available. The total level of subsidy you receive will depend on a number of factors, including the location and size of your solar PV system and the price of STCs at the time the system was installed.
When you purchase your solar PV system with Town and Country Solar, you will assign your STCs to us as we are a registered agent. We will clearly itemise this on your quote.
Feed in tariffs allow you to further reduce your power costs by selling excess electricity you are not using, back into the electricity grid. Your solar solution will have metering that will allow you to measure the net amount of electricity fed into the grid in order to be able to receive this tariff. Tariffs and options available vary depending on your energy provider you use.
Frequently Asked Questions
1How do I know if my house is suitable for solar?
Our sales consultant will be able to perform a preliminary assessment with an on-site visit. They will check the roof, shading and things like regulations and arrangements with your power provider.
2What does On Grid mean?
An On Grid solar power system supplies solar electricity through an inverter directly to the household (no batteries) and, if the system is providing more energy than you are using, from there into the electricity grid. You can receive what is called a feed-in tariff for this excess electricity supply, where the price you achieve varies by state.
3What does a solar system cost and what financing options do I have?
The cost of a solar system varies depending on factors such as the size (Kw), issues specific to your property affecting the installation cost and the government rebate available (STC). You can pay up front or we provide a part payment option with no deposit, which allows you to start obtaining the benefits of lower electricity costs from the first month after installation. We recommend you speak to one of our consultants to understand the costs in more detail.
4What is a Feed-In Tariff?
A Feed-In Tariff is the rate which your power provider pays you for any excess electricity above what you use that is exported to the grid. A schedule of feed in tariffs is available by state.
5How long will my solar system last?
A solar system that is designed, installed, and maintained well will operate for more than 20 years. The basic solar panel module (interconnected, enclosed panel of photovoltaic cells) has no moving parts and can last more than 30 years. The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your system is by having it installed and maintained properly. Experience has shown that most problems occur because of poor or sloppy system installation. We provide extended warranties beyond what the usual installers provide and so safeguard against any equipment issues that may occur earlier than usual.
6Should I consider batteries as a storage option?
We can advise on whether it is cost effective for you to install batteries or not. We are constantly assessing the battery market as we have experienced technology advances in recent years and believe the technology and cost effectiveness of a solar solution with batteries will continue to advance.