What are the disadvantages to using solar and renewable energy?
What more can be said…there are no known disadvantages!
Will my building insurance cover my solar panels?
Yes. You may need to add the Solar System to your policies and TE advises that you contact your insurance company.
What happens if there is a power cut?
For safety reasons, grid-connected Solar Power Systems must shut down within a fraction of a second of the grid losing power. This allows repairs to be made safely to the grid. Your system will automatically reconnect when power is restored to the grid.
Can I add further solar panels in the future?
Yes. You can add further panels to most systems up to the capacity of your inverter. If you plan on adding more panels later, TE recommends that you install an appropriate inverter now.
Will hail, wind, or fire affect my Solar System?
Solar panels are tested to meet certain safety requirements such as impacts of 1″ hail, wind loads up to 50PSF and certain fire standards. Your solar provider will attach and install your system and ensure it meets local requirements.
Does a Solar System work in cold weather?
Yes. Solar Systems work in many weather conditions, and often work better in cold temperatures during winter months because cold temperatures cause an increase in the conductivity of metals and wires. TE Monocrystalline Systems maintain high productivity in colder weather.
Will a Solar System produce electricity when it is cloudy?
Yes, because solar panels absorb various spectrums of visible and invisible light, though the energy produced by your Solar System will be less than when the sky is clear and sunny.
Do solar panels emit noise?
No. Solar panels are silent as they have no moving parts
What maintenance is required?
It is recommended that you wash any dust and dirt off your solar panels yearly with water and a soft brush. An easy solution is to ask your TRIONE ENERGY Solar Consultant about a maintenance package that includes cleaning, checking the electrical connections of the wiring and the general condition of your system.
Are there any ongoing costs?
PV panels have no moving parts and thus need minimal maintenance. The only costs will be the replacement of any components that fail outside of the warranty period. Solar panels have 25 year power warranty and 5 year limited product warranty. All inverters are covered by a 5 year warranty.
Can I install it myself?
TE would not recommend self installation of any Solar System. A licensed installer knows all the ins and outs of electricity including the codes and regulations for your area. Self installation will also void the warranty of your Solar System (unless you are qualified) and don’t forget that electricity can be very dangerous.
How long will installation take?
Residential installations usually take 1-3 days depending on the size and complexity of your system. Commercial systems can take longer depending again on the size and requirements of the system.
Do I need a new electricity meter?
You can continue to use your existing electricity meter, though you will need a new bi-directional (import-export) meter if you wish to take advantage of the premium feed-in tariffs that are being introduced across Australia. The bi-directional meters are obtained directly from the Utility Companies.
What is an inverter and where should it be installed?
An inverter converts the DC electricity generated by your solar panels into 240V AC electricity suitable for use in your home. It will be installed close to your electricity switchboard.
How I am going sale/transferred REC’s?
By simply transferring your REC’s to us when you purchase your new TRIONE ENERGY Grid ConnectPV Solar System we will take care of all the paper work for you and arrange an offer price drastically reduce your upfront costs.
How REC’s are calculated?
The number of REC’s you will receive on the installation of your TE Solar System will vary depending on the size of the system and your postcode. To calculate the total number of RECs you will be entitled to click here.
Where should the solar panels be installed to maximise power production?
In Australia the maximum amount of solar energy is obtained by having the solar panels facing north and tilted upwards at an angle of 30 degrees. It is also important that the system be installed in an area of minimal shade. While the panels are normally installed on top of the roof they can also be erected free standing elsewhere on your property if preferred.
Why are some companies offering cheaper Solar Systems?
TRIONE ENERGY stock only premium monocrystalline PV Solar Systems. The cheaper Solar Systems are generally made out of polycrystalline. Polycrystalline systems generate 18-25 % less than TRIONE ENERGY’s Monocrystalline System. That means, in the long term, TRIONE ENERGY’s systems are a better investment. The monocrystalline systems are a superior product, absorbing more of the sun’s energy and outperform polycrystalline systems in both in hot and cool climates.
Did you know that the average amount of solar energy that falls on Australia is about 15,000 times the amount of energy Australians use each year! What Is Solar Energy?
Simply, it is energy provided from the sun, our big friendly giant up there. As Australia is a sunny county with long hours of daylight, it makes good sense to take advantage of solar power as an environmentally friendly way of generating your own electricity.