Last year, Australia experienced its highest number (287,504) of solar panel rooftop installations since 2012. Now, 2.3 million households are powered by solar.
Their rise in popularity is not only due to receiving the most solar radiation worldwide, but also because solar generates clean, free, renewable energy from a naturally replenishing source – quietly!
Now, that’s all well and good, but what should you expect from the solar panel installation process when you opt-in? And how should you prepare to get the most out of it?
Let’s find out!
#1 Electrical Evaluations
After picking your product and signing your contract, an electrical engineer will drop by for an evaluation.
Their job is to evaluate your home’s electrical system to ensure it has the capacity to support your new solar system. They will check the condition of your:
- Roof structure and strength
- Meter box (main switch, circuit breakers, and switchboard)
If you live in an older home, your meter box may need an upgrade to increase its ampere capacity.
Your engineer will only recommend this if your solar panels need more amps than you can offer – a recommendation you should not ignore!
Although paperwork is usually a pain, you’ll profit from the process when it comes to solar power.
Not only will your installer deal with most of the paperwork and property permits, and guide you through the rest, but you’ll be applying for state and federal solar incentives and rebates – yay!
In Queensland, these include:
- Solar feed-in-tariffs (ability to sell excess power)
- Small-Scale Technology Certificates (up to $3,700 rebates for systems under 100kW)
- Solar for rentals trial (rebates up to $3,500 towards installations)
- Affordable energy plan ($50 per year electricity rebate)
#3 Ordering And Installations
Once your paperwork has been submitted, the next step is giving your installer the go-ahead to order your solar panels!
Next, you should speak with your installer to schedule an installation date. Try to book your installation during winter (when solar specialists are less busy).
After your paperwork has been approved, which can take a couple of weeks, your panels will arrive on D-day!
Installation day is finally underway!
First, your installer will establish all the electrical wiring needed to connect your solar power to your electrical mains.
Then, rails or brackets will be attached to your roof to support your panels. Once level, the panels will be safely secured.
Finally, for the direct current generated to be compatible with your electrical system, inverters will be connected to convert this energy into an alternating current.
Depending on the size of your system, installations should take around one to three days!
#5 Inspection And Interconnection
To connect your solar panels to the electrical grid and generate power, a local government representative will come for a fault and safety inspection before approval.
The next step is interconnection!
A representative from your electrical company will do a final evaluation of your solar system. If no issues are identified, your system will be connected to the grid.
However, the process between approval and interconnection can take two weeks to a month.
Now that you know what to expect, it’s time to find a reliable local solar panel installation specialist to install your solar panels!