At Surfside Electrical (WA) we like to set ourselves apart from other Solar Power Installers. Our aim is to create the best possible outcome for our customers. We don’t use a sales team and we don’t contract out our installations — Andrew will work with you throughout the whole process, he will help select the right system and install it himself. At Surfside Electrical (WA) we are Clean Energy Council Accreditation and service all our usual areas.
Solar Power Explained
While the technology behind solar energy may seem complicated, when it’s broken down, solar power is easy to understand — particularly in a grid connect scenario as it only requires a few components installed in your home or business.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of homes and businesses use energy from the sun to generate electricity cleanly and quietly. The sun shines on the solar panels generating DC electricity. The DC electricity is fed into a solar inverter that converts it to 240V 50Hz AC electricity. This 240V AC electricity is used to power appliances in your home. Any surplus electricity is fed back into the main grid.
If a grid connect system is producing more power than is being consumed, the surplus is fed back to the mains power grid. Some electricity companies will meter the electricity fed into the grid by your system and provide a credit on your bill.
Solar doesn’t generate electricity all the time, but it does generate electricity when it is needed most — during the day and during hot sunny periods when the demand for power is at its peak. When the solar cells are not producing power your power is supplied by the mains power grid as usual. The energy retailer charges the usual rate for the power used.
Key Factors to Getting You the Right System
- Power Usability: An oversized system will see you exporting too much power to the grid. Designing a system to meet the customer’s energy needs, will ensure that as much of the power that the system generates is used within the property and not exported.
- Quality of Components: If experience in the solar industry has taught us anything it is that cheap components will fail. Time and again we have been called upon to replace an inverter that has failed. In some cases, the replacement inverter has taken months to arrive from overseas while in many cases the manufacturer has ceased to exist, leaving the customer with the expense of having to pay for a new inverter. We only use components from manufacturers with a proven track record and those that have a well-established presence in Australia.
- Quality of Installation: As we design, supply and install your solar power system, we want to ensure that your system is installed properly. The installation must not only meet the relevant Australian standards and Clean Energy Council guidelines, but the installation guidelines of the panel, inverter and mounting rail manufacturers. We don’t book multiple installations for each day, thereby ensuring that we’re not rushing to finish off your job so that we can make it to the next.
- Aesthetics: While a North facing solar array will generate more power than one that is not, some customers don’t want the panels to be visible from the street. If you want your array installed in an alternate location, our site specific performance estimates assist us in sizing the system to account for the expected reduction in production.
Government Incentives Explained
In WA rebates are no longer given to households installing roof top solar power systems. However they do offer an incentive via Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) that help reduce the upfront cost of installing your solar PV system. The value of STCs your system receives differs depending on its size and location. To be eligible for STCs, your solar system must be installed by Clean Energy Council accredited installer like Surfside Electrical (WA). For more information on STCs, visit the Clean Energy Regulator website or download our guide for households or businesses.
The Solar Power Process
Surfside Electrical will arrange a time to visit your home or business to discuss your power usage and your options regarding solar power.
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