Ok so I am in QLD and True Value Solar are advertising a deal for $1496 that includes: 8 x 200w panels (1.6kw output), 3kw upgradable inverter, installation and warrenty. I told them over the phone that our quarterly electricity bill over summer was $232.00. His estimate over the phone was a 5kw system costing around $3000. I am confused. It seems like that system would be huge. It's just me, hubby and a toddler in a villa/townhouse. So can anyone give me advice on which system size they ended up purchasing and what their electricity bill used to be, or whatever small amount you have left to pay. I don't mind having a small amount to pay, but it would be a big waste having a huge system in this tiny house and now that QLD has reduced it buy-back rate we wouldn't exactly be making a second income from the excess power if we got the bigger system! TIA
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25-03-2013 13:08 #1
Another solar panel thread - help pls! so confused.
25-03-2013 14:57 #2
Edit: he phoned back and said the 5kw was the inverter and the system would be 2.2kw.
25-03-2013 16:44 #3
I've had a fair amount of quotes for installing solar, and our electicity bill has been under $350 quarterly mostly, but yours is much lower than ours. And they only recommended a 3kw for us, so i wouldn't think you'd need the 5kw a 3kw upgradable inverter would be good. I think 'upgradable' just means you can add more solar panels later. I haven't gone ahead with it but the current deals sound pretty good. Just be wary about any small print a lot of the times they sell them cheaply but then there's a clause where you have to sign over your STC(or whatever it's called) to the electricity company or to the solar installers. I am pretty sure you wouldn't wanna do that, but just keep in mind that and make sure you read the small print.
Here is more about the feed in tariff and the Small scale Technology certificates. http://www.truevaluesolar.com.au/rebates/
Last edited by V8; 25-03-2013 at 16:47.
25-03-2013 19:22 #4
Thanks ladies I think I will hold off and get it all assessed properly. I did find lots of forum reviews on true value solar and the comments aren't great! But then I also read that they have just been bought out by a German company so maybe things have improved. Who knows! It's just their "deal" ends this week so if it was plain and simple then I would have just organised it. Gah, it's like a whole other language learning about all this solar stuff and we know no one that has taken the leap into solar yet to get advice from.
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