Solar power is accessible and growing in popularity in Australia. As at November 2021, 2.98 million homes and businesses use solar power, and tax rebates and other incentives make this option feasible for more people.
In addition to these incentives, the benefits of solar include lower electricity costs and a relatively quick return on your investment. On top of these financial benefits, solar power has sustainable benefits by limiting your carbon emissions in comparison to other energy sources, such as coal and natural gas.
If you opt for solar, you may choose to have an installer carry out a pre-purchase site inspection and a post-installation inspection. Here is what you can expect once you decide on either of these two types of inspections.
Solar panel installation is straightforward in most cases. However, it is recommended you get a physical inspection of the site before moving on with the installation process. Here are the advantages of having a thorough site inspection before deciding to go ahead with your project.
You will want to make sure the person doing the inspection covers all the necessary aspects of the install. Furthermore, a post-installation review to assess the safety and performance of your system is recommended.
An installer will look for a variety of different things when they come for the pre-sale site inspection. They should leave you with all the information that you need to make a firm decision about the solar panel project.
Once you have all these details in order, you can select an installer and begin the project.
After installation, you will want to perform an initial inspection to ensure that the system is up and running correctly and safely. You also want to get the most out of your solar panels, which means you need to continuously assess performance and make adjustments if needed.
Here is what you can expect for assessments and inspections after installation:
You continue to monitor your system for its entire lifespan to ensure and improve performance and make changes, as needed.
The cost of inspections will vary from installer to installer. Most companies offer free pre-sale inspections where they can provide an accurate cost estimate for the install. Be aware, however, that a free inspection is not always the best option. You need to be sure that the installer is certified by the Clean Energy Council (CEC), otherwise, you will not qualify for government-sponsored rebates.
Though site inspections pre-sale are often free, you can still start the process by searching for an online quote. This will allow you to have a realistic price range in mind when estimators come for site inspections.
A system review and safety post installation will cost anywhere between $150 – $300.