A Guide to Solar Power for Sunshine Coast Homeowners
Going solar might be a no-brainer for homeowners on the Sunshine Coast. We are in the sunny state of Australia so what better way to produce energy than from the sun?
Before jumping into the decision we recommend you do your research. This guide is a great place to start.
We’ve put together some of the benefits of solar as well as factors you should consider before installing solar on your Sunshine Coast roof!
Benefits of Installing Solar Panels on the Sunshine Coast
If you’ve been researching solar, you probably already know the benefits of making the switch:
- Solar power can save you money
- Reduce the need to generate electricity from fossil fuels
- Reduce carbon emissions
- Create your own electricity
- The ability to add batteries and other components to your system in the future
- Increase the value of your home
- Have a reliable energy source
- Store power during the day with battery storage and use it at night for more efficiency
These are the general benefits you’ll find listed on any solar installer’s site. However, you should also consider the benefits of installing solar in your specific location.
If you live on or around the Sunshine Coast, here are some more specific benefits you may not be aware of:
- You may be entitled to a number of small-scale technology certificates (STCs) based on your location and other factors
- You may be eligible for financial incentives, subsidies, loans or grants from the Queensland Government for your installation
- You may be eligible for a feed-in tariff payment for any electricity you don’t use and export to the grid
Make sure you ask your installer about these benefits so you are aware of how you can save!
Now let’s move on to what you need to consider before you install solar on your roof.
7 Factors to Consider Before Installing Solar On Your Sunshine Coast Roof
Here are the seven most important factors you’ll need to consider before installing solar:
1. The solar panels themselves
Solar PV panels on roofs of homes and businesses generate clean electricity by converting sunlight into usable electricity. This conversion takes place within the solar cells and is a process that requires no moving parts. SolarWide only use high quality, durable and long lasting solar panels from reputable solar manufacturers that we trust to be around for a long time.
2. Inverter solutions
A solar inverter converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a 240V alternating current (AC). This AC electricity can be fed into your home to operate your household appliances. Long lasting solar systems for the Australian climate require high quality inverters. Unfortunately, lower quality inverters and panels have failed to perform under Australian conditions in large numbers and failed in as little as 2 years.
If you want more information on how panels and inverters work together plus 3 options for how to use the energy you generate, read our guide: How Solar Energy Works.
3. Battery storage (if applicable)
Since 2015 solar storage batteries have reduced steadily in cost to the point that pay back for many households is coming down from more than 10 years towards 7 years and less.
4. Mounting systems
Solar systems are mounted to roofs with a mounting system using various railings, frames and tiles or tin feet. Most mounting systems are made of aluminium with stainless steel hardware and are designed to accept a variety of solar modules on a variety of roof types. Purchasing a strong and well engineered mounting system is the sensible way to protect the investment you have made in your solar system as they will be more rigid. The standard mounting frame warranty is 10 years.
5. System size
Your solar system is rated according to the number of Watts it can produce per hour. There are a number of tools online to help you calculate what system size you will need.
The amount of electricity generated by your solar system directly relates to the amount of sunlight that your PV panels receive. The more your solar modules are covered in shade, the less electricity your system will generate.
7. How long your system will last
The key components susceptible to failure in your solar system are the solar panels, the inverter and some components like fuses and isolators. The key warranty for solar panels is the Manufacturer’s Warranty. Make sure you understand what is included in the Manufacturer’s Warranty so you aren’t surprised by any costs.
All of this information and more is available in PDF format in the Beginner’s Guide to Solar from LG and SolarWide. It’s a great resource to have on hand if you’re thinking about solar.