If you live in Perth, there is no better time to go solar than today. There are plenty of benefits, including:
Perth is one of the sunniest cities in Australia.
Perth enjoys approximately 265 sunny days throughout the year (plus a number of partly sunny days). Even during winter, the city rarely has a temperature that reaches below 10 degrees. Solar panels can stay busy 70% of the year.
Power bills are getting more expensive.
Since 2009, electricity costs have been steadily increasing in Western Australia. This year will not be an exception to the trend. Electricity tariffs started rising in 2017, prompting homes and businesses to pay 7% more on every billing cycle. Installing solar panels will help lower, if not eliminate, these regular expenses.
Rebates and the power buyback is available.
Purchasing solar panels earns you rebates known as Small Technology Certificates (STCs). They can assist towards the cost of your system. The value depends on the market, so they can rise and fall anytime.
STCs are quite difficult to understand for the consumer. It is why people turn to Easy Solar to take care of the rebate aspect of the sale.
One more reason why you should turn to solar is the Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme. It pays residents or business owners for the units of electricity that the solar system produces that remain unused.
Electricity retailers (Synergy for Perth and Western Australia) purchase the energy you generated, which even gives you an opportunity to earn.
Solar Panels and Their Performance
Two types of modules exist; crystalline and thin-film. Many opt for crystalline because the modules have a higher efficiency rating than the other type. Crystalline, which can either be poly or monocrystalline, are suited for rooftop installations.
The efficiency rating, which is expressed as a percentage, refers to the ability of the solar panels to convert sunlight to electric power. If you have two types of panels, the one with the higher rating will produce more electricity than the other.
Many consumers, as well as the professionals in the solar industry, view panel efficiency as the most significant criteria in determining the quality of the product. It is indeed important, but it is not the only thing to consider. Here at Easy Solar, you never have to worry about the performance and efficiency of the panels, as we only sell products that are of the highest standard.
There are several choices available for solar panels. Easy Solar offers Tier-1 solar panels only. Bloomberg New Energy Finance Corporation reveals the list every year. The brands may change in ranking but the top 5 to 10 usually remain the same.
We have chosen to provide only the very best for our customers. The list of Tier 1 panels may differ every year but it is based on the following criteria:
- The credibility, bankability, and longevity of the company
- Worldwide sales
- Production capacity
- Quality of products
- With a fully integrated manufacturing plant
- Substantial assets and turnover
What Are Tier 1 Panels?
The Clean Energy Council created stringent stipulations to ensure that only those companies with the best panels will be approved by authorities and experts. Panels were then rated tier 1 to tier 3, with tier 1 being the highest. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) presents a list of the top panels, consisting of about 22 panels, every quarter of the year.
To get on the list of tier 1 solar panels, a manufacturer needs to show evidence they:
- Are investing in research and development
- Have a stable and excellent financial standing
- Have a reputable history and proven longevity, with at least five years of existence in the industry
- High worldwide sales
- Have minimal human contact during the manufacturing process
- Have full control of the resources they utilise in producing their panels
- Consider environmental sustainability when designing their products
Our Top Picks
Founded in 1986, Risen Energy has a long history of producing top quality products for the global market. Their panels come with a 12-year warranty on parts and industry-leading performance.
ET Solar have been operating for more than a decade. They offer longer warranties than most other companies; with a 25 year performance warranty and 10 year product warranty on all panels.
If you do not know which brand and product to go for, Easy Solar has a sliding scale that lets you choose based on your budget.
Number of Cells
ET Solar 275W
The 275w panel from ET Solar is great for smaller homes, giving you the advantage of solar in a smaller package. With good efficiency and weather protection, as well as great warranty support on parts and performance.
Efficiency Rating: 16.9%
Warranty 35 years:
- 10-year product warranty & 25-year performance
ET Solar 300w
300w is around the solar sweet spot, ET Solar offers this great panel with top tier effciency, load capacity and much more. This panel will serve your home for decades with the long term warranty.
Efficiency Rating: 18.44%
Warranty 35 years:
- 10-year product warranty & 25-year performance
Risen Energy 330w
This 330w solar panel from Risen Energy is industry-leading in its specifications. With thermals coefficients and efficiency above that of most competitors, this panel will serve you home for years to come with the outstanding warranty.
Efficiency Rating: 19.6%
Warranty 37 years:
- 12-year product warranty & 25-year performance
Why Choose Easy Solar for Your Home or Business in Perth
Easy Solar is committed to ensuring the highest standard of customer service for our clients. Our goal is to gain repeat clients and referrals from them. With a combined experience of 30+ years, we know which products are the best for you. We not only have excellent products, but we provide industry-leading customer service as well.
Unlike other Western Australian businesses, we provide ongoing service in case of problems with the installation or the products themselves. While sales are important, we focus more on the satisfaction of our customers.
If a problem occurs, you only have to call Easy Solar on 1300 646 419 for a solution. We can tend to the issue even if you did not purchase it from us.
The most common type of solar system configuration is one that’s grid-connected. In this setup, you will need solar panels and an inverter. You can add a battery to store unused electricity later. If you use a meter with a spinning disc, you will have to replace it with a new bi-directional meter first.
Aside from these components, you may be required to get approval depending on your property. If it is in a heritage-listed building, you should get council approval first. The same goes for strata-titled complexes.
Ideally, you should have a north-facing roof to get the maximum solar production. However, solar panels today utilise better technology, allowing installers to select the best design. East and west are excellent alternatives to a north configuration. Due to Australia’s geographical location, south panels do not receive good sun exposure. That’s why this direction is not advisable.
As for roof pitch, it should generally be from 10 to 35 degrees. Most cities do well with a 30 degrees pitch. If you have a flat roof, you can purchase tilt frames to improve the angle; otherwise, you will need to clean the panels regularly.
The number of panels suitable for your home will depend mainly on how much energy you use. Your location also influences the size of your system.
For grid-connected solar systems, you are required to have at least a 1.5-kilowatt system. With this size, it is estimated to cover 16 to 25 per cent power requirements of a medium-sized household. To increase your savings, you should opt for a big system, but it also means significant upfront costs.
If you cannot afford a bigger system than the entry point (1.5kW), you can simply meet that minimum requirement. Later on, you can purchase more panels to increase the capacity of your system. It works for many homes with larger energy consumption compared to the time of installation.
However, inverters have capacity limitations. You have to purchase a bigger inverter if you plan to add more panels.
An alternative is to purchase a larger inverter during the initial installation of your system. That way, you can focus on buying panels when your energy requirements change.
Solar panels can either be mono or polycrystalline. There is not much difference between them, but polycrystalline has more wattage. It also does not need as much energy as monocrystalline. However, you should also be aware that monocrystalline is considered more efficient.
Another option is a thin film panel, which is known for being quite large. It means it can gather a lot of solar power that you can utilise later. Be aware, though, that a bigger panel requires more space. It can put a restriction on the number of panels you can add later.
A tier-1 solar panel has better materials and build quality. A tier-1 solar panel is manufactured by a trusted company, ensuring superior performance compared to its counterparts.
You can also get peace of mind with the product because of the longer warranty. Usually, tier-1 panels offer at least a 25-year performance warranty.
Meanwhile, the warranty on the product itself is typically longer in duration. It guarantees that the panel is well-made with robust materials and should be efficient until the end of the warranty period. If the panel fails while still in warranty, labour and replacement costs may be covered.
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