Why Cheap solar comes at a price!
We’re not trying to fool anyone (especially you)! We don’t shy away from letting you know that quality solar costs a considerable amount of money and you should definitely shop around for the best solar that works for you, your requirements and yes, your budget too.
However we do feel it is our duty to let you know that many of the ‘cheap’ solar deals that you may have seen advertised are not just cheap in price. Their cheap proclamations are absolutely a reflection on the quality and service. A hard pill to swallow but the absolute truth.
While the initial purchase may be cheaper, the installation, long term service, quality of parts and poor business are what you’re paying for. It’s a lose lose for everyone involved. You the consumer, the solar industry, and even the cheap solar companies in the end lose because of the slim margins they’re making.
Here are some things to look out for when purchasing solar if the price just appears a little too good to be true:
Poor Installation: If your installer is cutting corners it’s going to affect your solar long term. Many companies will hire untrained workers to complete the job at a fraction of the price to hire a certified electrician. If you’re paying for the cheapest install on the market you’re likely to receive the poorest quality too. Most solar systems operate at high voltage DC which if installed well is safe. If it’s installed incorrectly it can be VERY dangerous.
Cheap panels: If a company claims they use Tier 1 panels, you are well within your rights to ask for evidence and documentation that backs this claim up. If they’re claiming Tier 1 and you’re not paying a premium price, then we hate to break it to you but you’re probably purchasing crappy panels. A good solar panel should last 30 plus years. Cheap panels will start failing within 2 years and it can be really difficult to get a low-cost solar company to honour the panel warranty. Another thing to consider…
Scrimping on the inverter: A cheap inverter will unlikely last three years. And although inverters are easier to replace under warranty than panels, some manufacturers might blame the failure on ‘grid spikes’ which means you end up paying for a brand new inverter.
They’re pulling an upsell on you: Many cheap solar companies will advertise a price based on a particular brand of panels and inverters and then proceed to upsell the consumer to better hardware. Which as you guessed it results in the price you pay for quality.
Watch out for the solar rebate loophole: There is no limit on how many times you can claim the solar rebate. So if you were to replace all the panels on someone’s roof for under $550 per kW you could be making money as the rebate pays 700 per kW installed! Crazy, right?!
Look at the end of the day, you get what you pay for! With something as important as solar you want to make sure that the money you’re spending is a wise investment and that your product will last. Ultimately you want a system that is well suited to your roof, your circumstances and your energy consumption. It needs to have good quality Tier 1 panels, high quality inverters, racking, wires, isolators and a good quality professional install.
Do your research and don’t be scared to ask your questions!
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