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So you’ve decided to take the plunge and invest in a solar panel system! But before you can start reaping the benefits of renewable energy, you’ll first need to get across the solar panel installation process and prepare adequately for a seamless transition to solar energy. 

In this blog post, we’ll dive into the process of installing solar panels, from what to look for when researching credible solar installers to shopping around for solar-friendly energy retailers and preparing your rooftop for a smooth solar panel install process.


What is the process of installing solar panels?

With the simplicity and convenience of solar power, it’s no wonder more Australians are making the switch. So without further ado, let’s get into the process of solar panel installation, starting with finding the right installer. 


Research credible installers 

Selecting a reputable and experienced solar panel installer is crucial to ensure a high-quality installation and system performance. Not only do credible installers possess a high level of expertise they share with customers, but they also only work with premium solar manufacturers. When comparing solar panel installers, consider: 

  • Recommendations from family and friends — Ask family, friends, neighbours and colleagues who have had solar panels installed for recommendations. Their firsthand experiences can provide valuable insights. Word of mouth plays a big role in sourcing installers that offer exceptional customer service.
  • The installer’s credentials — Research the installer’s credentials, certifications and licences. Look for memberships in recognised industry associations to ensure their expertise and adherence to best practices. For instance, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) accreditation represents an installer’s competence in designing and installing solar PV systems.
  • Reviews and testimonials — Visit reputable review websites and read customer feedback to gauge the installer’s reputation and customer satisfaction levels. Are they easy to communicate with? Do they offer maintenance and servicing? Owning solar panels is a long-term commitment, so knowing you’ll be in helpful hands is important.
  • Quote differences — Reach out to multiple installers and request detailed quotes that include system specifications, warranties and pricing. Compare at least three quotes to make an informed decision and ensure you get the best value.


Inform your current energy retailer

Before installing solar panels, it’s important to inform your current electricity retailer about your intentions. This allows for a smooth transition and ensures you receive accurate billing information. Contact your retailer and provide them with details about your upcoming solar installation, including the estimated system size and connection date. This communication helps facilitate the necessary metering changes and potential feed-in tariff arrangements.


Prepare your rooftop for solar installation

Before the solar panel installation process begins, several preparations need to be made to ensure your rooftop is ready for solar panels:

  • Assess the roof’s structural integrity — Have a professional assess the structural integrity of your roof to ensure it can support the weight of the solar panels. If necessary, make any repairs or reinforcements before installation.
  • Clear obstructions — Trim or remove any overhanging branches or objects that could shade the solar panels and reduce their efficiency. This also helps your installer navigate the roof and avoid any issues.
  • Plan the wiring and inverter placement — Your installer should have a plan for the most efficient wiring and inverter placement. Discuss with you the best location for the inverter, which converts the DC electricity generated by the panels into usable AC electricity for your home.

Once this is all taken care of, all that’s left to do is wait for your new solar panel system to be installed! 

What about the solar panel installation process for commercial purposes

While commercial solar panels differ in sizing, layout and quantity, the installation process isn’t all that different. Like residents, business owners are highly encouraged to compare installers and prepare their building’s rooftops for solar panels. 

Maintain your solar panel system 

If well maintained, solar panels have a life expectancy of over 20 years. To ensure optimal performance and longevity of your solar panel system, regular maintenance is essential. You can preserve your system’s longevity through: 

  • Regular cleaning — Regularly clean your panels to remove any dirt and debris that could reduce their efficiency. Use a soft brush or hose and avoid abrasive materials or harsh chemicals.
  • Monitoring performance — Monitor your system’s performance, checking for any noticeable changes or drops in energy production. As part of our GET360 solar package for residential customers, Green Energy Technologies offers 24/7 back-to-base monitoring, giving you added peace of mind that we’re keeping an eye on your system.
  • Annual inspections —Schedule annual inspections with your installer to assess the overall condition of your system, including panels, wiring and inverters. They can identify and address any issues or potential maintenance requirements.


Choose Green Energy Technologies as your solar installer 

Choosing to switch to solar power is a significant step towards a sustainable and cost-effective energy future — which means you need the right people by your side during this transition. Green Energy Technologies is a reputable and qualified Queensland solar panel installer for residential and commercial customers. 

We offer hassle-free installations across several Queensland areas, including the Whitsundays, Mackay and Townsville. We offer tailored solar power solutions to all customers, ensuring they receive a solution that best meets their needs. Whether you’re a homeowner who wants to invest in a full-service solar solution or a business owner looking to experience a reduced bill through a solar retailer, we can help. 

For more information about our range of solar solutions, please do not hesitate to contact us for a quote. 

Author Kon Flaherty

Kon has been a key solar consultant in the North QLD region for over 10 years. He was one of the founders of Green Energy Technologies and has assisted thousands of locals to save money.

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