How Do I Avoid Solar Sharks?
Investing in a solar system for your home or business can be confusing.
Solar sharks existCurrently there are over 500 solar companies who are listed on the ASIC website since 2011 as being closed, in liquidation, administrators appointed or proposed de-registration.
So how do you avoid these solar sharks?In most cases, it’s quite simple. You get what you pay for. The cheap option is not always the best option.
- Do your own research first. Understand the benefits of having a solar PV system installed including what will happen to your meter, your electricity tariff and your electricity bill if you have a PV system installed. Use our range of handy solar calculators, or contact an authorised solar panel installer who can assist you in these calculations.
- Contact quality solar installers to arrange a quote. Use our dealer locator to see who installs solar in your area. CEC accredited installers meet latest industry requirements. Ask for the installer’s name and accreditation/licence numbers.
- Check the warranty offer. Long warranties are great - only if the company you’re investing in will still be around in that time too! Avoiding unknown brands and keeping up with the latest news in the solar solar industry will help you identify the less financially stable solar suppliers.
- Find out how the solar rebates will work for you and how it will be applied - eg as an upfront deduction from the price of the solar power system?
- Ask who will complete the connection and approval process for your electricity retailer and electricity distributor. This process varies between states and territories. Ideally you want the solar installation company to take care of this and have all associated meter connection fees included in your final price.