Questions to ask at your solar appointment – Part 1

December 1, 2021

In partnership with Instyle Solar

During a solar appointment, you need to enquire about the cost, financial incentives, and warranties. Also, ask about the company’s experience, references, and their product types and brands. After choosing your installer, confirm the installation process and expected challenges of solar.

Solar panel installation is a life-long decision. You need an honest solar provider that will give you the best services and financial terms. Partnering with a solar company you trust, like our selected solar provider Instyle Solar, makes the transition stress free. 

This article shows you a list of questions to ask the solar provider at your solar appointment.

Let’s go!

1. How much will the solar panel cost? Are there any financial incentives to go solar?

You need to know everything about the company’s payment structure. Ask the following when it comes to cost:

  • Do I need to pay the total cost upfront? 
  • Do you offer loan options?
  • Are there any incentives that I can utilise? 

Paying the total cost upfront is a great option, and is likely cheaper in the long run. On the other hand, if you get a loan option, you likely won’t have an upfront payment to install your solar system and plenty of repayment options on the current market have 0% interest. 

Installing a solar system has different costs depending on factors like:

  • Where you’re located
  • The installation company
  • Type and number of solar panels
  • The size of the solar system
  • The type of system components or framing equipment
  • The accessibility and height of the roof (does it have tiles, metal, or concrete)

A 5kW solar system usually costs between $3,500 to $9,500 on average in Australia after applying government rebates. 

You can take advantage of the Small-Scale Technology Certificate Scheme, a government incentive program for you to install solar panels, solar batteries, or inverters. It reduces total system costs and provides sale discounts.

You can find more information on solar incentives here.

2. How much money can I expect to save with solar energy (over 20 years)?

You need to know how much you will save on energy bills after installing the solar system. You can ask for 20 years but keep in mind a solar system can produce power for more than 25 years. Having a specific long-term period in mind makes it easier to understand the savings.

Solar can last for over 25 years; hence it can protect your house or business from inflating electricity charges. 

After buying your solar system, it will take a few years before you break even, but you will start saving money after about 3-5 years on average. On the other hand, with a financial repayment option you can begin to see your solar energy savings from the first day of the system.

You should also ask your solar service to estimate the savings on different solar systems. Lower quality panels are less expensive and yield lower savings over time compared to high-quality panels. 

Instyle Solar allows you to calculate the estimated savings on your energy bills once you go solar. We provide residential and commercial solar systems to houses and organisations in Australia. We also help you make a smooth and seamless transition from electricity to solar.

3. Is this organisation doing the installation?

If your company is hesitant to answer this question, it might be a sign that they are taking shortcuts. There are two ways which organisations install solar systems:

  • Using a team of their installers whom they work with exclusively
  • Using subcontractor installers who work for various solar companies

Whether or not a company uses its installers does not mean they compromise quality work. The only thing you have to check is whether the company installing your system is Clean Energy Council accredited. A company that uses subcontractors wants to have a better geographical reach and installation capacity.

Clean Energy Council accredited companies help you have a smooth installation process. You also get a system that is safely connected per industry guidelines. Most importantly, you need to use an accredited installer to enjoy Small-scale Technology Certificates

Go solar with Instyle Solar!

Installing solar panels can reduce your energy bills in the long run. When looking for the best solar installers, you need to stay armed with the right questions.

 Finding out their installation costs and how you can save through government financial incentives will help you save your coin.

You also need to find out about the company’s warranty, their experience, and references. All these factors will let you know if you are choosing the best company.

Do you want to transition from electricity to solar seamlessly? 

At Instyle Solar, we provide both commercial and residential solar. You can achieve a $0 electricity bill through us, forget your bill shock concerns, and save the environment by using renewable energy. 

Contact us now to get started with solar and save 10% OFF your install!

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