Grid Connect
Off Grid / Stand alone
Energy Monitoring & Management
Services & Maintenance

Grid Connect Power

Grid Connect is arguably the simplest way to invest in solar energy and gain some immediate savings.
However, not all panels are created equal! Many are built just for price point and while price is important the reliability, durability, back-up support will prove better value in the long run.
The amount of energy produced can vary immensely from one system to another due to variances in component quality, design suitability and installation standards being employed.  In fact, similarly sized systems may generate as much as 20-30% different.  

We strongly recommend taking time to research different technologies and dont get caught up by marketing spin. Some excellent examples of 'sales talk' include:
     Our panels are Tier 1: this naturally implies quality of product, in reality it is reference to the credit rating of the manufacturer and NOTHING to do with the quality of the product.
     Poly-crystalline is best: in reality Poly panels are at the budget end of manufacturing (using the lowest grade of silicon) and offer the poorest energy generation. 
     The panels don't really matter, make sure you get a good inverter: in reality, the panels are critically important (think of them as the engine and the inverter as the wheels of your car - poor engine equals poor performance). Invest in quality panels (and quality inverter if it meets your budget)
     If you have shade you need Micro-inverters: if you have shade, Micro-inverters won't save you or your panels. Conventional panels suffer internal damage from PID (potential induced degredation) and rapid Bypass diode failure from too much work. Again, panel quality and design is everything.

Our Panels: we have been a SunPower Partner since 2007 and for anyone wanting high quality, excellent performance and absolute peace of mind with their purchase you can't go past them. They have been manufacturing solar panels for well over 30 years and are sought after for their performance. We also stock LG, Suntech, Jinko & Canadian.

Our Inverters: as with panels, we like to stick with tried and proved equipment; brands such as Fronius and SMA are our top picks. Super reliable and excellent back-up support if needed. We are also a Fronius Service Partner, meaning we can repair most faults on site with much lower down time than other brands.

Click here to go to our Products page to see the main products, data sheets and videos.

An excellent read to help you get started: Clean Energy Council guide to installing solar PV for households

Off Grid Power / Stand Alone Power

When the electricity grid is too expensive to connect or you prefer to be totally independent from power bills, an off-grid system might be for you.

Off-grid or Stand-Alone Power includes a range of high-tech equipment to provide you with a seamless energy supply of similar or better quality than the grid. The components within an Off-Grid system generally include solar panels, Interactive Inverter / Charger, Batteries, Solar inverter & a genset for back up.

We custom design each system to the exact requirements of the owner. A thorough assessment of loads (consumption) is the first and most critical stage of system design. It is important to consider more than just the electricity supply - water heating, space heating, ventilation, even the choice of home construction materials will affect the long term energy needs of the occupants and therefore the system parameters. Generic off the shelf kits are built without consideration of indiviual circumstances and often do not perform as expected.  It pays to check the credientials of the person & company you are dealing with.

Call Paul on 0428773720 or send an email with your questions.

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Energy Monitoring & Management

An important part of any energy efficiency upgrade to your home is the identification of energy wastage and inefficiencies. Only then can you gain the absolute maximum benefit from your solar system.

Smart Meters

Many inverter manufacturers now include the option of monitoring your system. For solar generation this has been around for a while now, however monitoring energy usage is relatively new and it creates a fantastic window into your energy usage habits. This helps you to manage your loads and obtain the best outcome from your solar system.

If you are thinking about energy storage in the future, a smart meter logs all the energy flows to provide accurate historical information needed to size the battery appropriately.

Click here to view the energy generation and consumption from the smart meter in our own home

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Service and Maintenance