Monday 26 June 2012
Top 10 tips for buying solar
With Federal Government support for buying solar set to reduce by a third from 1 July, the Clean Energy Council has reminded consumers to take care when purchasing solar power systems.
Clean Energy Council acting Chief Executive Kane Thornton said solar power systems were a great way to reduce household power bills, but urged consumers to do their homework.
“The Clean Energy Council has developed a comprehensive guide for people who are interested in going solar, to make sure they ask the right questions and buy a system that is right for them. It’s free and you can download it from www.solaraccreditation.com.au,” Mr Thornton said.
“Solar companies will be advertising ahead of the drop in the Solar Credits scheme from July, and it’s important that people go into any major purchase with their eyes open.”
The Clean Energy Council recommends that consumers follow these top 10 tips when buying a solar power system:
- Be an informed consumer.Research your options, be clear on your needs and compare quotes.
- Know your daily electricity consumption.By understanding what you use, you can assess how much you would like your solar system to generate, depending on your budget.
- Get an estimate of how much energy your system will generate. Your contract should include an estimate of the average daily output of your system in kilowatt-hours (based on where you live and the size and position of your system).
- Check with your electricity retailer. Never purchase a solar system without knowing what rate you will be paid for the electricity you generate and whether this will affect any hourly rates in your electricity bill.
- Always use a Clean Energy Council Accredited Installer. You can check your installer is accredited at