Questions to ask your solar panel installer

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Figuring out which solar panels to buy for your home can be confusing. Solar panels Adelaide can take the stress out of solar panel installation by finding the right installer for you, and starting a list of questions that you need them to answer.

Your home, your needs

In order for a solar panel installer to be able to answer your questions with the most accurate answers possible, they’ll need to know a bit about your personal circumstances.

Find out your household’s previous energy consumption (usually referred to in kWh) by looking at your electricity bills or contacting your Electricity Retailer. Once you know this, you can ask your solar panel installer how it would compare against what the yield would be of the potential solar panels they would recommend for you.

Money Talks

The main questions that you’re likely to want to ask your solar panel installer will be regarding the costs related to this process. Don’t be afraid to set budgets and boundaries as you need to be 100% certain this this system will work for you.solar-panels-adelaide

  • Return Time: This will depend on the size of your solar system however the rate of return is generally between 5-7 years. Ask your solar panel installer for an estimate of how long they would expect you to have to wait before seeing a return on your investment.
  • Start up costs: Up front costs can seem overwhelming at first but ask your solar panel installer to explain to you how you may benefit from feed in tariffs or different systems. Your installer may be able to offer advice about how to maximize your roof space and generate the optimum amount of electricity.
  • Financial Incentives: It’s usually pretty worthwhile investing in solar panel installation. There are several schemes run by the Federal Government including the Solar Credit Scheme, which aim to reduce the overall cost of installation of solar panels. Selling excess energy back to energy providers can also be profitable so double check these with your solar panel installer to help your budgeting.

Safety First 

  • Always check that your solar panel installer has a good track record: don’t be afraid to have a look at online reviews or previous examples of work that the installers have done to reassure yourself that you’re choosing the right people for the job.
  • Any solar panel installer should be accredited with the Clean Energy Council
  • Ask your installer what cable they’ll be using for your solar panel installation – the wrong one can be costly and damage the productivity of your solar panels so it’s good to figure out early on that the installer plans to use the correct DC cable instead of the AC version.
  • Make sure you’ll be fully covered by asking your solar panel installer about any manufacturer warranties and how claims will be handled. You want to know that you won’t be left on your own once the panels are installed.

Time Scales: Installation and Beyond

You’ll be keen to know exactly how long it will take from making your decision, to having your solar panels fully installed and up and running. This can vary hugely between solar panel installers (often by up to 3 months). Make sure you have a good idea of time scales before you commit.


Ask your solar panel installer to estimate how long your system will be fully functioning for. This should not be less than 25 years and with good installation, you should expect minimal maintenance or repair work for your system.

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