Solar Power Brisbane

Frequently Asked Questions

  • After installing Solar, what else can I do to reduce my Power Bill?

    Don't just stop with installing Solar Power; why not look at other ways to reduce your power bill even further?

    This is a list of basic steps that you can take to lower your power bills even further. Fallon Solutions can help you with some of these items, however the rest is up to you being proactive in order to achieve improved savings for your family.

    • Implement a strategy of changing your energy using behaviour around your home to use more free solar power during the daytime. Get the whole family thinking about energy usage?
    • Have an Energy Audit carried out on your premises. (Fallon Solutions can help with this one)
    • Upgrade any high energy-using devices to lower energy using models where possible (Light bulbs, hot water systems, air conditioners etc). (Fallon Solutions can help with this one)
    • Stop using standby on your electrical devices. Turn them off properly.
    • Set your temperatures of your air conditioners between 23 and 25 degrees and heaters between 18 to 20 degrees. Every one degree can make about 10% difference to your costs.
    • Switch off at bedtime your heaters and coolers or use a timer if possible. Do you really need them on all night after your asleep?
    • Close the doors of rooms that don’t need cooling or heating, (bathroom and laundry etc) as this could prevent up to 75% of heat loss in your home.
    • Draught proof your home by installing draught stoppers to your exit doors and sealing any air leaks and gaps in windows etc. This could save up to 25% on your cooling or heating bills. (Fallon Solutions can help with this one)
    • Wash your clothes in cold water. There are good detergents available that wash just as well in cold water.
    • Use the clothes line instead of your clothes dryer as they burn up a lot of energy.
    • Install LED Lighting as they can save you an estimated $200 to $250 per year. They are more expensive than halogen bulbs, but they use about 80% less energy and last up to six times longer. (Fallon Solutions can help with this one)
    • Use your dishwasher wisely. Wait till it’s full rather than half empty. Think about having more crockery to allow you to fill it up before you need to clean them.
    • Defrost your fridge regularly as it will use less energy.
    • Only boil as much water as you need when you are making tea or coffee as it uses more energy to heat more water.
  • How can a Solar Power System benefit me?

    Solar Power Brisbane can benefit you in the following ways:

    It is commonly known that solar power uses the sun to create its energy. The Photo voltaic cells (PV) generate electricity when exposed to sunlight. This technology was first developed in1957 by the Russians for use in space to provide power to moving satellites.

    • Solar Systems are used Australia wide and offer an amazing number of benefits for the environment and for reduced ongoing power costs.
    • Solar Power systems can save money on your power bills by providing you free clean energy from the sun Solar Electricity Systems have the potential to sell back any unused power to the grid.
    • Solar Panels Australia also mean that you are reducing the amount of greenhouse gas, which is great for the environment.
  • How do the Solar Panels work?

    Solar Power Brisbane works in the following way:

    Photo voltaic (PV) solar panels are installed on your north facing roof of your premises. Those solar panels are made up of layers of semi-conducting material, (which are usually made out of silicon) that will generate direct current (DC) electricity from the sunlight.

    The DC electricity needs to be converted to alternating current (AC) or 240v electricity which your premises actually uses. A Solar Inverter is used to make this DC to AC conversion. The electricity generated by the solar panels can then be used in your premises.

    Inverters connected to the grid allow the generated power to be directed into your premises so it can be instantaneously used as you use power. Any extra electricity that is generated from the solar power system will be exported back into the grid.

    With the current government regulations in Queensland, any electricity generated that is excess to your usage at the time it was generated, can be sold back to your electricity supplier to receive a Feed in Tariff. Apart from government rebates that apply to most systems, this Feed in Tariff should generate extra saving from your quarterly electricity bill.

  • Is there any ongoing maintenance required with my Solar Power System?

    Do I need to spend money on my Solar Power System after it is installed?

    Mechanical maintenance is not normally required because there are no moving parts and you can easily check the inverter on a regular basis to monitor how the system is operating.

    You can easily maintain the system yourself, although some customers prefer to arrange us to perform a regular service and check for safety and performance levels to ensure the maximum efficiency of your system is being produced. It is a personal thing.

    The panels work best when they are clean. So some panel cleaning is recommended.

    Fallon Solutions can provide you with:

    • On Call maintenance. Please call us to arrange one our qualified solar electricians to perform a full system check for you.
    • Or you can sign up to our programmed yearly “Solar System Maintenance Plan” that we can offer you at special reduced rates. Please call us for details.
  • What are the Government Rebates and benefits with Solar?

    There are government rebates and incentives available for most residential premises depending on their geographical location. They are in the form of Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs).

    What are STCs they and how do they work?

    Small-scale technology certificates, or STCs, are a tradable commodity attached to eligible installations of renewable energy systems (including solar panels, solar water heaters and heat pumps).

    Under the Federal Governments Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, eligible solar panel systems are entitled to a number of small-scale technology certificates (STCs).

    The number of STCs is based on the estimated amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) the system generates over the course of its lifetime of up to 15 years. Also the number can vary depending on the geographical location of the installation.

    Your STCs can be assigned to a registered solar panel Agent (such as a retailer or installer) in exchange for a financial benefit, such as a discount off your invoice. Fallon solutions prices for our solar systems includes the assignment of the STCs to our supplier, resulting in the purchase price being discounted. This is our preference as it makes it easier for you and us.

    What options do you have with the STCs?

    You have two options in total. Our customers would normally accept option 1 as option 2 has the potential to save you more money, but it is a lot harder for you to manage and process, as well as there is also a risk of earning less income from the sale if not managed correctly.

    Option 1: Trade your STCs to the installers at the time of sale

    Fallon Solutions will give you the option to sign over your STCs to our solar supplier at the time of installation for the current market value. The market for this commodity, due to the supply and demand of the STCs, can affect the price which can change daily depending on any industry movement.

    Option 2: Trade the STCs yourself via the Federal Government Clearing House

    This option is available for householders and companies, who can trade their STCs through the Federal Governments STC Clearing House for a set price. This price can change and is usually slightly higher than what is offered by our supplier, however there are some drawbacks in that there is a registration payment and there could be waiting periods for payments up to twelve months. You would need to go through the three steps of using this online option. Registering, Lodging and then Selling your STCs.

    How does solar make money?

    Pretty simple really. If you use your own solar power when your system is making it, you are effectively getting that power for free. (Example:- Saving you the approximate rate of approx 25 cents per kw.)

    If you are not using your all of own solar power when your system is making it, the excess power is being sold back to the grid. (Example:- At approx 8 cents per kw, although some electricity providers pay well above the mandated rate up to 18 cents).

    It all adds up, and your electricity bill will show you the savings and the income achieved. The better you use the free solar electricity, the more you save.

  • What are the potential savings with a Solar System?

    So you have a Solar System, but how much will your power bill go down?

    Your bill will definitely go down. How much depends on a few factors. Having a good understanding of how to maximise your savings, will give you the best results.

    It’s very important to understand that your premises will use first the power that is produced by your solar system. That means that only your excess power generated that you don’t use will be sold back to the grid at the feed-in tariff rate. This also means that if you are using more power than you are producing on your solar system then the balance of your usage has to be bought from the power grid as normal.

    So the best way to reduce your power bill is by trying to use as much of your power at the same time that your solar power system produces it during the daytime, and export as little as possible to the grid. It’s purely mathematical. That way, you’re getting most of your power for free instead of paying the higher peak rates of approximately 25 cents per kw.

    How much will I get back from the feed-in tariff?

    In the Solar Bonus Scheme in Queensland the feed-in tariff is mandated at approximately 8 cents per kilowatt hour for power that is exported back to the main electricity grid. Also please note that some electricity retailers also offer higher than the mandated rates. You would need to shop around.

    You would only get the feed-in tariff of the Solar Bonus Scheme when you have excess power that your solar power systems has produced that has not already been used in your premises.

    How long does it take to break even?

    The break-even point will be different for every premises depending on a few factors:

    • Whether you have purchased the correct size solar system based on maximising your overall savings. In order to get the best size solar system for your premises, you need to work out the percentage of your usual power usage that you would want your solar system to produce. If you have a lower percentage, it means you would need a smaller and less expensive solar system that has less power generation. If you had a higher percentage, it means that you would need a larger, more expensive system with greater power generation. It does takes longer to pay back a more expensive system than you need.
    • How much you power you use in sunlight hours to offset the high grid prices. As a guide, if you were to use say 70% of the solar generated electricity and only export the remaining 30% to the grid, it could be able to pay for itself within five to six years.
  • What extras are available with a Solar System?

    Our solar consultants can give you more information on the products mentioned below.

    Internal Monitors – Lets you view the usage of the system from inside your premises.

    Micro Inverter Technology – Utilises the panels to the best of their ability and provides for a more safe electrical system.

    Standalone Battery Backup Hybrid – New technology that allows you to store your power to use at peak times saving you even more money.

  • What is involved in installing solar?

    So what is actually involved in installing Solar Systems?

    1. Work out your requirements
      Check your roof will be suitable- what is the structure that will hold the system in place and what part of the roof gets the most sun?
      • Review your power bills to work out what size solar you will require.
      • Check that your roof will be suitable to allow for solar.
    2. Where will the system go?
      • Which part of the roof gets the most sun in summer and winter?
      • Are there any trees that need to be considered that cause shade to the roof?
      • Are there any obstacles in the way, TV antennas or solar heating etc?
      • Will I require fixed or adjustable panels?
      • Are you planning any renovation work that might affect the location?
      • Do my panels need to be tilted to ensure I maximise the amount of sun they get?
    3. Choose a system?
      • Talk to our consultant about different systems to work out what will suit your requirements.
      • Find out about warranties.
      • What after sales service do the company offer?
      • What ongoing maintenance needs to be carried out?
    4. Order and Installation
      • Once the deposit is paid your system will be ordered and then installed.
      • Most systems can usually be installed within one day.
      • The Solar Installers will show you how to work the system.
    5. Maintain the Solar Panels
      • Keep them well maintained to the manufactures instructions.
      • Caution when planting trees that may affect the performance of your solar in the future.
      • Keep the panels clean and dust free - they will perform better.
  • What warranties do we offer on our Solar Systems?

    All of the solar brands that we supply have been selected due to their reliability and we would envisage that they will provide operational compliance well past any warranty period, although on the chance that they do require warranty maintenance, we offer the following warranties:

    Installation Workmanship - 5 years

    Solar Panels- 10 years Manufacturer’s Warranty & a 25 years Efficiency Warranty of 80%

    Growatt Inverters- 5 Years Manufacturer’s Warranty (10 Years as an optional extra)

    SMA Inverters - 5 Years Manufacturer’s Warranty

  • What you should know before you purchase a Solar System?

    What should you consider when choosing Solar Installers Brisbane?

    By using the sun you will have lower electricity bills, lower greenhouse gas emissions, avoid rising prices for electricity consumption, increase the value of your home just to name a few!!

    Thinking about solar panels for the home? Ask yourself a few questions below before selecting a solar installation company:

    • How long has the Company I am looking at dealing with been in business?
    • Do they have an Electrical Licence and are they accredited by the CEC?
    • Do they have the necessary insurances in place?
    • What brand of Solar Panels are they using and what tier rating are they?
    • What are the Solar Panels Efficiency Rating?
    • Do the Solar Panels have the appropriate accreditations for Australia?
    • What Inverter are they using and the capacity?
    • What type of Roof Mountings are they using?
    • Are they simply a Sales and Marketing Company not committed to the Industry?
    • What is the Company’s after Sales and Service capability?
    • Is the Company Australian owned and operated?
    • Has the Company provided a Professional approach to your particular situation?
    • Are they a local Queensland Company with facilities that provide confidence?
  • Why Install Solar Panels?

    There are many reasons to install a Solar Power System!

    With the Brisbane Climate hot enough to fry an egg in summer, why stop at breakfast knowing you can use the suns energy to save you money and benefit the environment!

    A few reasons why you need to consider installing solar power in your home or business:

    • Electricity cost are skyrocketing and set for further increases in the years to come.
    • Solar power will save you money on your power bill. That means more money to spend on the things you really need and enjoy.
    • Make money from the environment by selling your excess solar power back to the grid.
    • Demand on electricity continues to increase annually.
    • Substantially reduce or even eliminate your electricity bills for at least 25 years.
    • Your roof’s real estate may be your most valuable asset. When you come to sell or get a valuation solar increases the value of your property.
    • Government rebates are still currently available.
    • Reduce greenhouse gases. That’s good news for the environment!

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