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Sep 19 2013

Installing PV makes sense

North Beach Bowling

Electricity prices have increased over the last few years, resulting in increased expenses for households and businesses.

On the other hand, the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has declined, making solar an increasingly affordable option for households and  businesses.

By installing a PV system, you will be able to offset your electricity consumption and hedge against future price rises. Although systems may require an up-front capital cost, payback periods are typically around 5 to 10 years.

The use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panel systems has grown significantly in Australia this decade, and is now an increasingly affordable option for Australian households and businesses looking to offset against the rising cost of electricity.

With a wide range of products and suppliers on the market, being an informed consumer has never been more important.

Here are some tips from Si Clean Energy to help with this decision making process:

UNDERSTAND THE ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD OR BUSINESS AND CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE SYSTEM FOR YOUR NEEDS

Your consumption profile will determine the viability of solar PV for your house or business and help you decide what size system is appropriate.

UNDERSTAND YOUR ELECTRICITY TARIFFS AND HOW THEY MIGHT CHANGE

The business case for investing in a solar PV system will depend on what electricity tariffs you pay and how these may change once your system is installed. Make sure you get all the information you need from your electricity retailer and PV installer

FIND THE RIGHT DESIGNER/ INSTALLER

Always use a CEC-accredited installer who has experience in residential and commercial systems. This will be critical to the design and installation of your system

DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE ON TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCTS, WARRANTIES AND GUARANTEES

There is a diverse range of products on the market that vary in price and quality. Make sure you do your homework on both the products you purchase and workmanship guarantees.

ENGAGE WITH YOUR ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTOR EARLY TO UNDERSTAND GRID CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS

Connection to the grid should be discussed with your electricity distributor very early in the process so that they are aware of the project and you, or your accredited installer, are aware of any technical requirements that have to be met from an early stage such as Voltage Rise readings or similar.

At Si Clean Energy we always offer up-front advice on all the system requirements for your household or business and guarantee the correct size system for your specific needs. From initial concept, through to planning, design, project management and installation we make your solar system a reality.

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