18th April 2018
Strata Energy News
Hidden Costs of Cheap Solar Installations
What you need to know about Solar Installers before you make a decision based on price alone.
Firstly, always get more than one quote for your solar system. This is because some installers may quote as much as double if the process is not competitive. Ask for quality components and compare quotes based on product quality as well as price. Good quality generally costs more.
Before you commit, check the terms and conditions. Some solar installers claim to offer a very low price with top quality components. However, often the fine print states that if the advertised product becomes “unavailable” it can be substituted with an “equivalent” product, which is often an unknown brand.
Last but not least, check the warranties. Many people end up going with a cheap solar installer because they have been reassured by their “25 year performance warranty”. In reality, this warranty can be worthless. A solar system usually comes with 4 separate warranties broken up in the following:
Spending additional time to examine the product specifications, warranties and the terms and conditions you have been offered will give you a good insight into how different companies operate. This may help you decide whom to place your order with. So there is more to consider than just the price tag.
For further reading try Your Solar Panel Warranty : What you need to know and How long will your solar panels last, and how well will they perform? Strata Energy News has previously covered solar installations for strata buildings with Blackwattle Mews Solar Case Study, Capitalising on Solar Access Rights and Solar Energy Gone Wrong in Strata.
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Strata managers can now register buildings in the City of Sydney and in Melbourne for a fully funded electric vehicle recharge assessment. Registrations for Brisbane have closed. However, if you're interested in learning more contact Scott Witheridge on (02) 9977 1801. Read more about the program here.
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