How to avoid ‘Crap Solar’

As Australia starts to embrace the benefits of renewable energy, the presence of low-quality solar systems and providers is also on the rise. So much so that a Facebook group page called ‘Crap Solar’ has over 40,000 members contributing content highlighting the not so awesome installations found across Australia and New Zealand.

Some of the examples of poor solar installations are obvious like these (source: Facebook group Crap Solar)…

Others are a little harder to see but can be just as painful. We’re often told by customers of this “too good to be true” deal they have been offered to install solar from another company, when the price of a solar system installed is less then you paid for your laptop, home computer or even in some cases your mobile phone(!) then you probably should avoid the headache that you know will follow.

One of the easiest traps to fall for is buying a cheap solar system from a sales company that does not do the installation work themselves, often these sales companies will sub-contract the installation work or simply sell the job to the lowest bid from a network of installers without checking previous work, references or relevant qualifications. This becomes an issue if you need to fix anything on the installation or have a warranty claim, the sales company handballs your problem to the installer who is typically not interested or no longer around, leaving you with a headache to deal with on your own. Unfortunately, we have been called out too many times then we would like, to redo a poorly installed system that the poor customer gets stuck with having to foot the bill twice for, once for a cheap system and the again to fix or replace the poor work undertaken.

So, when it comes time to look at solar options look for something that will stand the test of time, a quality system will last for decades and provide a fantastic return on investment over the life of the system. Look for a quality, reputable installer with proven reviews and references, when you buy quality, you buy once and can avoid the headaches of having to fix a poorly performing solar system.

Here’s some examples of what quality solar should look like, these are from our jobs so yes we’re biased!…

If you’re considering solar for your home, investment property or business, please get in contact and chat with our team to develop a solution that is tailored to your specific needs using high quality, reputable products backed by a warranty you can rely on CONTACT US.

 

When to talk to the solar installer on a new build or renovation

When to talk to the solar installer on a new build or renovation

If you are planning a new build or a renovation it is absolutely imperative to talk to the solar installer as soon as possible. Include your builder and other trades if needed, but the earlier you can talk to the solar installers the better your install will be.

Clients who are in a position to engage us early in the process enjoy the benefit of a cleaner and often more visually appealing finish. All new builds and most renovations have stages where frames are exposed which allows your solar electrician to run cables through concealed locations such as running cables through a cavity in the walls to avoid external obtrusion and ruing the aesthetics of your nice new build or renovation.

Here is an example of one of our recent prewire projects we finished, the cables run through a cavity so they are hidden from site and the roof cables come through in a location that will be covered by the solar panels and therefore also out of site. From the ground level you will not see any of the solar electrical works avoiding a messy interruption to what is otherwise an amazing aesthetic!

Here is an example of a job that WE DID NOT DO the photos are from the ‘Crap Solar’ Facebook Group. With a little thought and planning the conduit running up the outside of the house could have been concealed internally providing a neater finish for this brand-new build.

At Dunton Group we work closely with a number of leading local builders who trust that we will provide a quality finish that complements the work they are doing on the property, from new builds to renovations we’re proud to be the preferred solar supplier for builders on the Mornington Peninsula who value quality and understand the importance of maintaining the best possible aesthetics of the property.

If you are planning a new build or renovation or know a builder in the local area that could use the service of a reliable, quality solar installer than we would welcome a conversation about your next project. Please get in touch via the form below or CONTACT US.

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