Finding the best solar panels for your needs can be daunting. How do you know which solar panels will meet your needs? How do you know whether the panels are high-quality? What separates a good brand from an average brand?
Here are our main tips for ensuring you get the best solar panels:
Want the Best Solar Panels? Here’s What You Need to Consider
Efficiency refers to how much energy your solar panels generate from the sunlight they receive. Your goal is to find the most efficient solar panels you can get for your budget. The higher the efficiency (this number is a percentage), the more watts of electricity you will get per square metre of panel. Efficiency is very important if you want the best solar technology, or if you have limited roof space (since efficient panels are smaller than less efficient models). In terms of numbers, as long as your panel efficiency is above 15%, you are making a good investment.
The average price of a residential solar system in Australia is $5100. Depending on the quality and size of the solar system you choose, this price can vary significantly – however it’s important to remember that you will recoup this money in 2-7 years, and then start to save. The cost of your solar panel set up will be determined by various factors, including:
- Quality of materials
- The number of panels in your system
Your goal should be to find the best system that you can afford. If a solar panel deal sounds too good to be true, it is!
The quality of your solar panels is very important. It will determine how well they perform and how long they last. To ensure that you choose high-quality solar panels and make a great investment, we recommend that you opt for panels from a well-established brand that has proof of service and lots of positive reviews from customers. Make sure that the brand is compliant with all relevant Australian standards, and that they are Clean Energy Council Approved, so you can get your eligible solar rebates.
Good-quality panels should last a long time, so we recommend that you choose panels that come with a decent manufacturer’s warranty of at least 10 years. Make sure that you check the conditions and fine print of this warranty, so that you’re not caught out if something goes wrong.
Solar panels come in all shapes, sizes and specifications. Some things to take note of include:
- Where the panels are manufactured, and by whom
- Whether the panels are monocrystalline or polycrystalline (the main difference here is aesthetics)
- Power tolerance
- Wattage – these days, most families opt for 6kW or 6.6kW solar systems
What to Ask Your Solar Specialist
When you are shopping around for solar retailers and/or installers, here are some questions that you should ask before you make a decision:
- Is solar suitable for my home?
- What sort of system will suit my needs & why?
- Am I eligible for rebates or discounts?
- What is the warranty on these panels?
- Are you an authorised and certified solar provider/installer?
- What are my customer rights, so I can make sure I’m making a great investment?
- What after-sale support do you provide?
What to Avoid if You Want the Best Solar Panels
If you want the best solar panels for your needs, there are a number of things you need to watch out for. First of all, you should avoid unknown solar brands, or brands with no reviews or proof of quality. Brands can make big promises, but if they don’t have the proof to back them up, they are telling tales. When it comes to solar, what you pay for is what you get. A cheap system will not perform as well or last as long as a premium system, and it will end up costing you more in the long run due to inefficiency and poor quality. You should also be careful to avoid ‘one size fits all’ solar panel deals – your solar system should be configured and installed to meet your unique home solar needs.
Something else you need to avoid is poor customer service. Make sure that your solar retailer provides fantastic after-sales service and support, and that they will be easy to contact if you ever need assistance.
RA Energy Solar Installers
At RA Energy, we think finding a solar system and having it installed should be simple, hassle-free and reliable. So we make it that way. We are passionate about helping more Australians to make the smart switch to solar, and we genuinely want you to get the best deal and the best panels for your needs.
We have over 20 years of experience, and offer residential and commercial solar, as well as solar storage. We offer solar panels to suit all budgets, from a range of industry-leading, tried & tested brands including Jinko, Risen, Cells, Rec, Fronius and more.
Our solar products rank top 3 internationally, so you can rest assured that you will be getting the best solar technology for your home. All you need to do is tell us about your electricity usage, energy needs and budget, and we will recommend the best system!