FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is solar storage or solar hybrid all about?
- What does “Off Grid” or “Stand Alone” mean?
- What Does “On Grid or Grid Connect” mean?
- What is a LGC, STC or REC?
- What happens after the Solar Bonus Scheme ends on 31 December 2016?
- Why go solar?
- What is an LGC and how is it Calculated?
- Don’t all solar panels make the same kWh – they all have 25 year warranties so why worry about quality?
- East, West or North – What’s the best orientation?
- How do we attach solar to the roof?
What is solar storage or solar hybrid all about?
Solar storage is the opportunity to make the most from your solar electric system. If you have a ‘Solar PV System’ or are looking to install a system let Australia Wide Solar design the best option for you. We will design a system to minimise the kWh that would otherwise be sent to the grid for a very small return. That’s what solar storage is all about – store the power for use later in the evening
We have many options to achieve excellent storage outcomes. These include a range of reputable brands – LG Chem, AlphaESS, Samsung, Bosch…….
For more on Solar Storage look here
How to convert your current solar PV system to storage?
This is much easier than you may think. Every system will vary so firstly we will spend some time to learn about your current system and your power usage. Its as simple often, as installing some monitoring to push the power where it need to go. For some more detail please contact us or SEE HERE
What does “Off Grid” or “Stand Alone” mean?
Traditionally “Off Grid” or “Standalone” power systems (SAPS) are used where connection to the main grid is difficult or unavailable, such as weekenders, farms or remote properties. If you live in a remote area where mains electricity isn’t available, or is cost prohibitive, we can provide you with a standalone solar power system solution. Our high-quality systems are competitively priced and our experienced technicians are always on hand to provide support services and technical advice. Any remote location is possible, even when a helicopter is required. Read More
- An affordable alternative to expensive mains connection.
- Government and industry cash back rebates may be available.
- Your own, reliable, silent power source.
- Adds value to your property.
- Reduces carbon emissions.
FACTORY TESTED FOR EASY INSTALLATION
Australia Wide Solar has custom-designed and built its own system board, which has been successfully exported throughout Australia as well as to many Pacific Islands. Our plug and play system is bench tested in our factory to ensure straightforward connection.
What Does “On Grid or Grid Connect” mean?
Going solar is easy, a good investment, and a viable way to reduce carbon emissions. We specialise in solar design and installation of high-end home solar electric systems and have successfully performed thousands of installations for satisfied customers.
- We have home systems to suit a wide range of budgets and can help you to make the most of the government rebates.
- Save money on your electricity bills.
- Reduce your home or business’s carbon footprint.
- Dramatically reduce your electricity bill.
- Receive credits back from your energy provide.
A home solar system is comprised of solar panels, mounting for putting the panels on your roof, electrical wiring, and an inverter. Solar panels are mounted on your roof and wired together. During daylight hours they generate electricity and send it to your inverter, where it then flows into your home. More
What is a LGC, STC or REC?
When you install a solar power system you create Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STC) which, depending on your zone rating, have a certain value. These STC’s can be kept or sold to liable parties to offset their liability and help them to meet renewable energy targets. Many customers use these to offset the cost of their system. At Australia Wide Solar we can manage this whole process for you. Its all linked to the Renewable Energy Target designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector, encourage the additional generation of renewable energy through financial incentives, and ensure that at least 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply will come from renewable sources by 2020.
The solar PV deeming period will start to decline from 1 January 2017
Under the Renewable Energy Target, small-scale technology certificates are calculated based on system location, installation date, and the amount of electricity generated over the course of its lifetime—referred to as the deeming period.
As the Renewable Energy Target tracks to 2030, the deeming period for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme will decline, starting from 1 January 2017. This means that the current 15 year deeming period will reduce to 14 years in 2017, and by one year each year thereafter. This will also reduce the number of small-scale technology certificates systems may be eligible for
The Clean Energy Regulator closely monitors all installation dates for claimed certificates to ensure that the correct deeming period is applied. It is important to remember that the provision of false and misleading information is an offence under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, and certificates which have been improperly created may be failed, or require the additional voluntary surrender of certificates.
The small generation unit calculator has been updated to reflect the upcoming deeming period decline and can be used to calculate the number of small-scale technology certificates a system may be eligible for from 2017–2030.
Please contact the Clean Energy Regulator on 1300 553 542 or [email protected] if you have any questions.
Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGC) are created on a yearly basis based on the actual amount of power generated by an accredited and registered renewable energy power station. These are for Solar PV systems over 100kW, or more than 250MWh and certificates are created annually.
Why go solar?
CLEANER AND GREENER: Most electricity in Australia is generated by atmosphere polluting coal, which is greatly contributing to our current global warming crisis. There is an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gasses n our environment. By using Photovoltaic Solar Power you can produce 100% clean electricity for a greener environment
RELIABLE, RENEWABLE ENERGY: Solar panels are silent and have no moving parts, meaning you can be guaranteed a long lifespan from your system. Our solar panels also come with a 25-year+ warranty
ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME: Sustainable housing solutions such as solar power, solar hot water and solar passive designs have become very desirable for home owners. When you install a solar power system you will be increasing the value of your property assets
DECREASE ENERGY BILLS: Going solar allows you to generate free energy, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in the long-term. Given that electricity costs are expected to rise considerably over the coming years, these savings will only increase over time.
GENEROUS GOVERNMENT GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE: The Australian Government is now encouraging all homes and businesses to go solar with STC incentives and tax offsets available. We can help you find out which are available to you.
Don’t all solar systems make the same kWh – they all have 25 year warranties so why worry about quality?
All 6kW solar panel systems produce equal amounts of electricity, NOT TRUE. Its just like saying all 6 cylinder cars consume the same amount of fuel or will go the same km’s before failing….
Different panels create different levels of electricity, and last varying amounts of time. With many years of varied systems installed and repaired by Australia Wide Solar we know this first hand. Its a simple matter of you pay for what you get in most cases.
- What panels & Inverter are being used?
- Do those companies have technical and warranty support located here in Australia? (Many Chinese companies do not)
- Can I choose from a range of options?
- Can I come to your showroom to see the product I am buying?
- What ‘Balance Of System’ (BOS) components are being used – Rails, Breakers, Cable type, Isolators, connectors, roof penetration etc….
- Who is installing the system, and who is ensuring the BOS components are of a high quality?
- Will you do a site inspection?
- Do you have an engineer on staff who will design the system to meet my needs?
- Will you service my system within its warranty?
- Will you service my system OUTSIDE of the warranty?
Okay so if its a Tier-1 panel then it must okay?…. Well maybe…. Major differences in quality can be found even among ‘Tier-1’ modules.
A Tier-1 classification is considered top shelf. Makers of Tier-1 panels are vertically integrated, invest heavily in research and development, use most advanced robotic processes and have been manufacturing panels for more than 5 years.
The Tier-1 space is getting rather crowded, with various manufacturers claiming the distinction. It’s reached a point that even within the class, there are wildly varying levels of quality and it seems the term “Tier-1” shouldn’t be fully relied upon in making a solar purchase decision.
Tier -1 does not promise quality or higher yields.
East, West or North – What’s the best orientation?
Best Yield for Your Dollar – NORTH is not always best……
At Australia Wide Solar for many years in residential homes we have gone against the grain and offered our customers the advice that a western facing system is often best. A number of factors need to be considered when designing an Australia Wide Solar power system. It’s much better to have a smaller better quality system on the roof, than a large low quality system. Read More
How do we attach solar to the roof?
Every roof is unique, so we have many options to secure our Arrays. As we have so many roof types, a dedicated page is available for the details Read More.
What happens after the Solar Bonus Scheme ends on 31 December 2016?
The Solar Bonus Scheme is legislated to end on 31 December 2016. This date has not changed. Customers will continue to receive Scheme tariff payments until 31 December 2016, provided they remain eligible.
Solar Bonus Scheme customers will not receive Scheme payments for generation that occurs after 31 December 2016. However, customers may still benefit financially from having a small scale solar generator connected to the grid. This benefit is in the form of displacing consumption of retail priced electricity via net metering and the possibility of receiving a retail offer feed-in tariff. MORE HERE
Formal word from Department of Resource and Energy (NSW Government) is that the current GROSS meter will need to changed to NET. To book a change SEE HERE
If you have a potential to export kWh moving into January 2017, you may want to consider SOLAR STORAGE. We are expecting a large uptake of Solar Storage installations towards the second half of 2016, so start thinking about your options now.
What is an LGC and how is it Calculated?
LGCs are created on a yearly basis based on the actual amount of power generated by an accredited and registered renewable energy power station.
An LGC represents one megawatt hour (MWh) of net renewable energy generated and exported to the electricity grid by a solar PV system more than 100kW, or more than 250MWh. For mone on LGC: READ HERE