At Grand Group, we love educating our customers about solar energy, especially when it comes to how it will benefit you personally and our wonderful environment globally. So we have put together a list of solar energy facts that we hope will add to your knowledge base and empower you to make great decisions about a solar power system for your home.
1. Millions of Australians now have rooftop solar panels
Considering how slow we have been as a country to capitalise on our abundant sunshine and solar energy, compared with the rest of the world, it’s positive to see our numbers are on the rise.
2. Solar panels offset your electricity use
Don’t get us wrong, solar energy will save you money because the rooftop panels on your home will offset your electricity usage. But you have to remember that 50% of your electricity bill is actually made up of fixed charges… fixed, as in, they can’t be changed. So no matter what, you still have to pay for those specific charges.
So you save, save, save.
3. Solar energy saves money and the planet!
But as we’ve learned the hard way, it’s costing us dearly… on two fronts.
It’s costing our hip pocket more and more every year – on average, electricity prices have increased by 19% every two years, which is a huge rise compared with how low wages have remained.
So by using solar energy, we save money for decades to come, and we save our planet in the long run. It’s a win-win.
4. Solar panels produce energy for at least 25 years
These days, it seems that most things are designed to be replaced after a few years… but not solar panels. The best solar panels are made to last. And when you think about the conditions solar panels live in – rain, wind, harsh heat – then you start to appreciate them even more.
That’s why a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer like us at Grand Group Australia gives you a 25-year warranty. Because although the panels themselves are only guaranteed for 10 years, they will be producing energy for at least 25 years.
5. Solar panel installation is fine on a flat roof
It is true that the ideal angle for solar panels in Sydney is 15–20 degrees. However, a flat roof still provides enough sunlight to power your home. Especially when you think about the incredible availability of sunlight in Australia. We aren’t restricted to only having sunshine for three months of the year. We have abundant sunlight throughout the year, no matter the season.
You can install solar panels flat against your roof. Yes, flat.
We know what you’re thinking: but won’t the panels produce less electricity if they’re flat? It’s true that the ideal angle for solar panel installation is 15–20 degrees.
7. Solar panels don’t need much maintenance and are recyclable
The great news is that solar panels don’t need much maintenance at all. As most rooftop solar is installed on a slightly angled roof, this allows the rain to do all the cleaning for you, and any dirt just slides off the panels.
8. Choosing a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer makes a difference
And the concerns are legitimate. You have every right to ask questions of any solar energy companies who claim to have top-performing solar panels.
The first thing you need to make sure is that you choose a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer and CEC Accredited Installers.
…and our ability to honour it for 25 years.
9. You don’t need a battery to make the most of solar energy
But that’s actually not right. Solar batteries can help, for sure, but they aren’t essential.
Simple changes such as using your big appliances during the daytime – setting washing machines and dishwashers on timers, for example – will ensure you get to use the solar power generated by your solar panels during the day.
10. We don’t need to come to your home for a proper assessment of your roof
But where that isn’t possible – for whatever reason – we can still help. Through satellite images of your rooftop, reviewing your energy bills and asking you questions over the phone, we can provide the same service to you.
Now you’ve got the facts…
… is it time to switch to solar? Solar energy is good for the environment and it is good for your bank balance. And going with a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer like Grand Group Australia ensures you are getting the best quality available.
Contact us for a free assessment with one of our trained assessors to set you on the solar energy path.