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Installing Solar Panels: A Step-by-Step Guide for an Energy-Efficient Future

Have you consider the benefits of renewable energy with solar panels on your roof? It's a thoughtful step towards a greener future and a practical way to reduce your electricity bills.

If you're wondering how to start, our guide is here to help. We'll walk you through the process, from finding the right installer to getting connected to the grid. Let's make a sustainable choice together.

Step 1: Select the best solar panel installer for your home: 

First up, you will need to find a trusted installer. Selecting a reputable and experienced installer is crucial for a successful solar panel installation. Consider the following factors when choosing an installer:

  • Certifications and Expertise: It's essential that your installer comes equipped with the necessary certifications, especially being CEC accredited. Their experience in solar panel installations should be substantial, ensuring you're in capable hands.

  • Reviews and Testimonials: Dive into online reviews and firsthand accounts from customers. This gives you a clearer picture of the installer's reliability and the satisfaction they've provided to others.

  • Manufacturer Partnerships: When talking to any installer ask if they are a verified partner of a reputable solar panel manufacturer. This partnership ensures that the installer is well-versed with specific panel models and installation techniques.

  • Comprehensive Quote: Receive detailed quotes from multiple installers (a rule of thumb is to get three quotes), covering equipment, labor, permits, and any additional services. A transparent quote will help you understand the overall cost and scope of the installation. Need help finding local installers? Head to the Brighte Marketplace

"The our electricity bill has been in credit for the last two months. We are saving $200-350 per quarter now. Its also nice to know that we are putting around 3-4x as much energy as we use back into the grid. Thanks Brighte!" - Hugh (ACT)

Step 2: Roof Type Variations and Inspection

Before starting the installation, you should have your roof accessed. Common roof types for solar panel installations include asphalt shingle, metal and tile roofs. Each roof type requires specific mounting systems and installation techniques. Check our guide on what the types of roofs that are suitable for solar panels.

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Step 3: Solar Panel Installation Process

Once you have your installation date, call your energy retailer to see how soon they can visit your home and upgrade your meter. You can read more about the process of meter connection here.

  • Install Solar Panels: The installer will secure the panels to the roof using a mounting system, which keeps the panels in place and allows them to move to follow the sun's movement throughout the day.

  • Connecting the Solar Panel System: The solar panel installer will then connect the panels to the electrical system in your home.

  • Install Isolation Switches: This should be installed on the roof, next to your inverter, and in your smart meter box. Ask your solar installer to run you through the isolation points.

  • Demonstration of the System: While your system is connected and ready to start generating power, the benefits will not begin until your meter is upgraded and your energy retailer has switched your plan. You can read more about those steps of meter connection and installation.

  • Satisfaction Check: Ensure that you are satisfied with their work. This includes how the installer cleans and removes rubbish, such as packaging, from your home.

  • Paperwork and Documentation: Once the installer has finished the installation, you'll be asked to sign the paperwork for the solar panel system, the Small Scale Certificates (STCs), and any other state rebates. This is a great time to make sure all warranties and monitoring system information have been received. Your energy retailer will also require documentation to complete the next steps. Take a few minutes to ask your solar installer if they can send the paperwork and CC you into the email.

A little upkeep goes a long way. Regular cleaning and maintenance will keep your solar panels performing optimally. With everything in place, you're all set to embrace the advantages of renewable energy and make a positive impact on the planet.

The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs and, where appropriate, seek professional advice.