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What to Expect When You’re Shopping for a Solar PV System

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 What to Expect When You’re Shopping for a Solar PV System Solar PV has come a long way since its inception as a niche investment for early adopters. With over 2 million solar systems now installed throughout Australia (2018), renewable energy is rapidly becoming a more common place addition to homes and businesses. Yet despite its increasing popularity, starting to shop for solar can still be a daunting and confusing process to instigate for many consumers. With foreign terms, unknown products and conflicting advice, it can often be an intimidating process to begin. To make it just a little easier read more…

Investing in Solar: Company Checklist

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 Investing in Solar: Company Checklist Investing in solar should be an exciting and rewarding experience for a home or business owner, but now more than ever, there seems to be bountiful amounts of advice on which companies to trust, which panels work best, and what a typical system should look like. Unfortunately much of this advice does not come from a reputable source, and consequently we often see or hear of installations that do not last long,  don’t pass industry standards and can’t be turned on, or don’t even happen once the money is taken. By the time SolarHub gets involved, if it read more…

Will I Have Power if the Grid Goes Down?

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 Will I Have Power if the Grid Goes Down? When installing an energy storage system, unless specifically wired for off-grid capabilities, your system is still grid tied. This means that although you now have an energy storage system that can store your excess energy, you are still able to draw needed electricity from the grid. For many home owners this is important, as their battery is not capable of providing enough to sustain their house-hold over several days of bad weather, or for their high power usage habits. As such, being grid tied allows these users the freedom of still accessing read more…

kW and kWh Explained

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 kW and kWh Explained No doubt as you have started immersing yourself in the world of solar and energy, you have heard the phrase kilowatt (kW) and kilowatt-hour (kWh) being used. Unfortunately these terms are often misused, or deemed interchangeable, when in fact although they make up the a similar element of energy, they aren’t the same. So lets start with the basics to help us understand what these phrases mean, and how they effect your solar.   What is the difference? A kilowatt (kW) refers to the measure of power that is electrically generated at any particular moment. Using a simple read more…

Has the Solar Rebate Ended

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 A Clarification On The Solar Rebate Ending In the famous words of Douglas Adams, we would like to tell all of our readers: Don’t Panic. Over the last few weeks, it would seem that many of you have been bombarded with late night calls, and unwarranted emails advising that you need to rush out and buy solar right now, or else you will not be eligible for any solar rebate in the ACT. This is understandably confusing, so we thought we would try to clear a little of it up and stop the state wide panic before we all forget our towels. Is the Solar Rebate Ending? read more…

Gross and Net Metering

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 Gross and Net Metering Energy storage systems are a great step forward for many net metered solar systems, yet many consumers don’t know if they are net, gross, or what the difference is. Below we have outlined the basic difference for you, and our belief to why energy storage systems will be an exciting opportunity for many solar system owners. Net Metering When energy is created through a net metered solar system, the energy is first fed to the home or business’ appliances and internal power needs, with any excess being exported to the grid. If any additional energy is read more…

Top Considerations When Choosing a Solar Company

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 Top Considerations When Choosing a Solar Company Investing in solar panels is often a big purchase for both home and business, and many considerations need to be taken into account. With so many companies out there offering seemingly the same service, it can become difficult to understand the difference between the options. Below, we outline some of our key points we think every solar buyer should consider when choosing a solar company. Have They Seen Your Roof? Every roof is going to be different when it comes to installing solar. The angle of the roof, the direction, the height, and read more…

Why Choose Solar?

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 Why Choose Solar? Home owners all around Australia are becoming more energy independent by generating their own electricity using the sun’s radiation- and the word about solar is spreading fast. The Climate Council (TCC, 2015) reported that within Australia over 1.4 million rooftop solar systems had been installed as of September 2015. We have outlined some of the top reasons we believe Australians are choosing to go solar: Reduce Your Electricity Bills Solar PV panels can help reduce electricity prices for homes and businesses by allowing consumers to create their own useable energy. Depending on system size and consumption habits, consumers are read more…