Shane's Story

“It made sense to install solar”

Having worked in coal mines for most of his life Shane Abraham is acutely aware that we need to start moving to more sustainable energy sources. Protecting our environment is one of the reasons Shane and his wife Vicky, from Fernvale in Queensland, decided to install 24 solar panels. Their other key motivation was the potential for huge cost savings. 

Shane and Vicky were confident that they would call their current property ‘home’ for a long time to come and so, in their words, “it made sense to install solar”. They started their solar journey with plenty of groundwork – including internet research and speaking with friends whose homes were already powered by the sun. 

They quickly moved forwards with Sky Solar Energy – and it was Sky Solar Energy that recommended to Shane and Vicky a payment plan from Brighte.  

As Shane explains “The interest free regular instalments were very appealing and the process was hassle free. I had recently moved from full time to casual work and so we weren’t in a position to fund the solar panels outright or to make a large down payment. My wife and I were very happy with the helpful customer service from Brighte – they even offered us flexibility on our repayments to ensure the regular due date worked with our cash flow needs.” 

Going forwards Shane expects their electricity bills to reduce by over 50% especially if they make smart choices with power usage, for example running key appliances during off peak times. Looking ahead Shane can see how they will really reap the rewards once the solar system is fully paid off. He is already thinking ahead to enhancing his future wealth by investing the savings from solar back into his superannuation. 

What’s next on Shane and Vicky’s energy journey? “We will consider installing a battery as they become more affordable – especially knowing that we could spread the cost through a payment plan with Brighte.”  

With immediate savings to be had Shane’s words of encouragement to others considering solar are simple: “Definitely look into it – installing solar is a move in the right direction.”
Shane

2 person household
Fernvale, Queensland


Purchase

Solar Panels and Inverter
6.48 kw system C SUN
24 270w Poly Panels
5kw Zevercloud Inverter


Repayments

Fortnightly repayments


Vendor


Energy Savings

Prior to installing Summer bills were $480-530 per quarter.
Our first bill after installation was just $238 for the same Summer period.

And during that period we did have a lot of cloudy and rainy days. So going forwards we expect our bills to be at least half of what they were prior and even less if we make smart choices with our power usage for example using our main appliances during off peak times.

Also since installing we make sure that the high power usage items like washing machine, dishwasher, dryer when only required are used through the day when panels are producing their highest power, around 3 kw/hr at midday.

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