So you have decided to go solar. The first step, which some would consider the most crucial, is doing a little research. The primary question in your mind should be whether investing in solar power is worthwhile.
The most basic benefit is really gained by using self-generated power and drawing less power from the grid. Various incentive schemes may be in place in your specific region but do not forget the core savings value that can be had. It’s a good idea to consult a qualified solar panels company in Melbourne to help make your decision.
Your basic research should tackle the following:
Solar PV system
- Grid connected – this is the most common system installed in Australia. The typical grid connected system will use solar power from your system before it sources power from the grid. Any excess solar power generated is fed back to the system.
- Grid connected with storage – in recent years, incentives for feeding excess solar power to the grid have been going down. As a result systems with storage are becoming popular. The system stores power generated during the day to provide power at night.
- Off-grid – in this type of system, you are totally off the grid. This type usually involves a combination of storage and back-up (e.g. generators) power to ensure continuous power supply.
The cost of your solar PV system will be affected by factors such as the incentive schemes available in your region, installation costs, and the type/number of panels.
- Of course price will vary depending on the size of the system. Typically, a 2kW system will cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,500. More capacity will cost you more such as a 5kW system that costs between $7,000 and $11,500.
- If you add in a storage component or if choose to go off-grid, expect to pay more.
There are many other factors to consider that will influence your choice of system, technology, and capacity. Ultimate Solar Solutions has the accredited professional provider who can thresh out all these details with you.
As an overall guide to your going solar project, consider these constraints: Scope, Quality, Cost, and Time
When talking to your provider make sure to establish these parameters with them so you both have a clear picture of what will be delivered within a particular time frame.
The scope of work could include other costs that might not be in the original quote by the provider. These extra costs could include items such as site preparation, meter change or reconfiguration, and upgrading your switchboard or cabling.
Quality considerations will have to look at the products the provider will use and their experience. Pay special attention to the major components of the system such as the PV panels and the inverter that will be used. These will determine the overall efficiency and long term viability of your solar power system.
Cost is a core constraint. Have a budget in mind and make sure that anything that takes you beyond the budget should really be adding value. Our installers and providers can walk you through the process of reviewing their itemized cost estimates so you will know exactly what you are getting.
Lastly, ensure that clear start and end dates are established before you sign a contract.
If scope, quality, cost and time are already established, you also have to understand that a change in any of these constraint will have an effect on the others.