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.

 

Dunton Group – National Tesla Installation Excellence Award Winner

National Tesla Installation Excellence Award for Q3 2022

Dunton Group are proud to have recently been presented with the National Tesla Installation Excellence Award for Q3 2022.
Thank you to Tesla for considering us with such a significant award, to be recognised amongst all Tesla Certified Installers in Australia is a huge honour. Our team continue to amaze with their commitment and focus on providing the absolute best quality for our customers.

 

Our installation in Red Hill South was recognized for the high level of fit and finish and the efforts by the team to reconfigure the backup options on site. The team ensured every aspect of the job was completed professionally for the best outcome for our awesome clients. 

Thank you to all involved in completing this project, to be awarded with the Installation Excellence Award from every Tesla Powerwall installation in all of Australia for Q3 is an incredible achievement. 

 

To the Dunton Group team, 

Congratulations on winning Tesla’s Installation Excellence Award for your Powerwall installation at Stanleys Rd, Red Hill South. Our team were impressed by the significant effort taken to reconfigure the site for backup, and the high level of fit and finish demonstrated throughout. 

Your efforts created the best outcome for the customer – well done! 

Regards, 

Tesla team

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ABOUT DUNTON GROUP

Mornington Peninsula’s Solar Specialists. We can retro-fit a high quality solar solution to an existing house, commercial building or rural building. Dunton Group Electrical Services can work with your architect or builder to design and supply a solar system into your new construction or renovation.

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We’re fortunate to be able to work at some incredible locations across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. Take a look at some of the recent work we have installed.

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Helping Uncommon Folk Drive Sustainable Social & Environmental Change

Helping Uncommon Folk Drive Sustainable Social & Environmental Change

Solar Installation For The Amazing People At Uncommon Folk  

The team at Dunton Group were incredibly excited to have the opportunity to provide renewable energy for the wonderful people of Uncommon Folk, a social enterprise dedicated to driving social and environmental change for our current and future generations. Part of that process is ‘The Farm’ based in Main Ridge, a 200-acre site where multiple micro businesses can cofunction. A place to promote and encourage regenerative farming practices for a sustainable and innovative future.

Inspiring businesses such as Yolky Dokey and Cherry Road are just a sample of the local businesses benefitting from the work and vision of Uncommon Folk. Something we’re very much aligned with at Dunton Group and we were proud to be the chosen supplier of a 40-panel solar system to provide renewable energy to the site with an estimated CO2 reduction of 26.2 tonnes.

With a generous grant from the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Uncommon Folk have gone above and beyond to ensure the site is able to utilize a renewable energy opportunity. It is pleasing to see environmentally conscious organizations helping to drive a positive change on the Peninsula. Organisations such as Uncommon Folk and Repower Mornington Peninsula are actively exploring ways to provide renewable energy options to as many people in the community as possible. Helping to dramatically reducing the carbon emissions from our beautiful corner of the world.

If you would like to explore the benefits of renewable energy, make sure you get in contact with us for a chat about the options available.

The Dunton Group are strong advocates of the benefits of solar power and green energy, our team are Mornington Peninsula locals who cherish this beautiful corner of the world that we’re lucky enough to call home. By providing homes and businesses with a reliable solar energy solution we’re doing our small bit to help the future of our planet.

All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference 2022

All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference 2022

All-Energy Australia 2022 – Conference & Exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center

The team from Dunton Group attended All-Energy Australia recently. Held at Jeff’s Shed, All-Energy is the country’s largest clean energy event. With over 200 speakers, and 250 domestic and international suppliers, All-Energy Australia is a great opportunity to chat to the leading brands and discover the up-and-coming new technology in the renewable energy space.

It was a busy two days, the event had 10 stages filled with back-to-back educational sessions, covering the latest innovations, energy policy, government initiatives and project developments across solar, hydrogen and wind energy, energy storage, electric vehicles and a whole lot more.

  

There was a lot to get excited about with so many new products and technology being released to help power our everyday lives more sustainably. The number of quality Electric Vehicle charging options coming to Australia is something to look forward, for those currently driving an EV you’ll love the features and options becoming standard on all EV chargers. For the rest of us waiting on the right EV to come to market, we can help you prepare your home or business for what’s needed to meet the growing demand in energy requirements.

   

One of the themes that we noticed at the event was the awareness of the challenges our industry is currently facing as the decarbonisation deadline draws nearer, the focus on integrated solutions was pleasing. Recognized companies are looking at a full stack strategy where customers can experience an integrated product family of solar, batteries, energy management platforms, virtual power plants, and electric vehicle chargers into one super solution. We’re excited to be able to offer a fully integrated option in the near future. By making one sleek, integrated product family, we can have an entire solution under a single brand.

We had a fantastic time exploring new technology, meeting new suppliers and catching up with old friends. Stay tuned to our newsletter and social pages for more updates and new solutions coming soon!

If you would like to explore the benefits of renewable energy, make sure you get in contact with us for a chat about the options available.

The Dunton Group are strong advocates of the benefits of solar power and green energy, our team are Mornington Peninsula locals who cherish this beautiful corner of the world that we’re lucky enough to call home. By providing homes and businesses with a reliable solar energy solution we’re doing our small bit to help the future of our planet.

Battery Storage For Your Solar System at Home or Work

Battery Storage For Your Solar System at Home or Work

Battery Storage For Your Renewable Energy Generated at Home or Your Business

For those of us with a solar system or thinking about installing a new solar solution at your property, the discussion of a battery storage option will undoubtably be had. At Dunton Group we closely monitor the developments and new technologies available in renewable energy opportunities. We have installed a wide variety of battery storage units across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond in recent years.

With the recent well publicized increase in energy prices we have been inundated with enquiries from customers looking for ways to optimize their ability to utilize renewable energy. With the feed in rate constantly dropping, the return on investment period for battery storage is becoming more appealing for a lot of properties on the Mornington Peninsula and across the greater Melbourne area.

The Victorian Government also has incentives available including a $2,950 rebate for eligible customers. There of course conditions so feel free to get in touch with a member of the Dunton Group team for more details.

Another Government incentive is the Virtual Power Plant (VPP), a pilot program that brings Virtual Power Plants to your doorstep. Connecting Victorian households to create and share power, saving money on energy bills and reducing the reliance on the grid.

The VPP pilot program offers higher solar battery rebates at a fixed rate of $4,174 towards the upfront cost of a solar battery and installation to eligible Victorians who join an approved VPP program. There is of course conditions to be met to ensure you are eligible and it is recommended to visit the Solar Victoria information page or contact a member of the Dunton Group team for more details.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options in solar battery storage available in Australia…

Tesla Powerwall 2

You have no doubt heard of the Tesla Powerwall, we have completed some incredible solar systems with a huge number of panels and multiple Tesla Powerwall 2 battery storage units to power the whole house. The Powerwall 2 has 13.5kw storage from an AC coupled battery that is compatible with any existing or new solar system. It also has one of the best solar battery monitoring apps available today. Plus the Tesla Powerwall 2 can optimize its operation with time of use tariffs to help you through the expensive evening peak periods using solar battery power. As you would expect from a strong brand like Tesla, the Powerwall is supported by a 10 year warranty and is widely regarded as the best battery storage option currently available.

Powerwall is a battery that stores energy, detects outages and automatically becomes your home’s energy source when the grid goes down. Unlike generators, Powerwall keeps your lights on and phones charged without upkeep, fuel or noise. Pair with solar and recharge with sunlight to keep your appliances running for days. Powerwall reduces your reliance on the grid by storing your solar energy for use when the sun isn’t shining. Use Powerwall alone or combine it with other Tesla products to save money, reduce your carbon footprint and prepare your home for power outages.

At Dunton Group Solar & Electrical we strongly recommended the Tesla Powerwall 2 as a reliable and high performing battery storage option, having installed plenty in recent years we can confidently say they are a product we would happily install at our own homes.

Sonnen EVO 10kw

The Sonnen battery option is new to Australia and we’re excited to install the product shortly. It is also an AC coupled battery that is compatible with all existing and new solar systems.

The sonnenBatterie Evo is a fully integrated AC coupled storage system designed for outdoor and indoor installations. German engineering and design that is optimised for performance backed with a 10 year or 10,000 charge cycle warranty on all components.

Red Earth

If you’re a fan of the TV show The Block then you would likely have heard of the Australian owned RedEarth battery. It is an AC coupled battery with hybrid inverter, Red Earth’s own Troppo battery uses safe lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) technology.

RedEarth energy storage is an Australian owned and operated manufacturer of energy storage systems. Dunton Group have recently been appointed as an authorized reseller and installer of RedEarth products.

Sungrow

The SunGrow Hybrid with battery and single and three phase inverter is another emerging option for storing solar energy in Australia. The option provides the opportunity to either remove the existing inverter and replace with a hybrid option or add to a stand alone solar system. Backed by a 10 year warranty it is a high value option.

Enphase IQ Battery 

Due for release early 2023 is this all in one battery backup power option is perfect for any current or future Enphase Microinverter customers. The IQ Batteries leverage a distributed architecture to provide maximum reliability. Each battery includes multiple bi-directional IQ Microinverters to switch energy from DC to AC and back again.

If you would like an accurate and in-depth analysis of what potential savings you could gain and the payback time frame of installing a quality solar system or battery storage option, make sure you get in contact with us for an obligation free analysis.

The Dunton Group are strong advocates of the benefits of solar power and green energy, our team are Mornington Peninsula locals who cherish this beautiful corner of the world that we’re lucky enough to call home. By providing homes and businesses with a reliable solar energy solution we’re doing our small bit to help the future of our planet.

Victorian Government $250 Energy Compare – What You Need To Know

Victorian Government $250 Energy Compare – What You Need To Know

Victorian Government Offer $250 Energy Compare Incentive! What You Need To Know!!!

The state Government is offering Victorians the opportunity to claim a $250 bonus payment as an incentive to encourage people to look for a better energy deal via the Victorian Energy Compare website. The ‘Power Saving bonus’ are open to all Victorian households from the 1st of July 2022 and we strongly encourage all applicable households to compare energy providers regularly. Data suggests that 7 out of 10 users can save money by switching energy offers, with reports of savings between $330 and $580 per year. Obviously, we encourage you to do your own research but with a number of our clients asking us for more information on the initiative we thought it might be helpful to provide some thoughts on the concept.

Firstly, well done on being proactive and encouraging people to compare energy offers regularly. At Dunton Group, we’re biased but we think you should put your $250 and newfound energy savings towards a solar system and really discover the benefits of renewable energy! The energy compare website also provides a basic indication of potential savings by installing a solar system at your home or business. If you would like a more accurate and in-depth analysis of what potential savings you could gain and the payback time frame of installing a quality solar system, make sure you get in contact with us for an obligation free analysis.

We hope everyone that is eligible does compare their energy offerings and that everyone also considers the benefits of renewable energy, not only for the cost savings but the environmental benefits. We have a passion for Smart Energy and helping our clients achieve energy efficiency. Dunton Group are accredited members of the Clean Energy Council and offer a comprehensive Solar System design, supply & installation service. We have a highly knowledgeable team with over twenty-five years in the electrical and solar industry. Our specialty is Solar and Heat Pumps throughout the Mornington Peninsula region and beyond.

The Dunton Group are strong advocates of the benefits of solar power and green energy, our team are Mornington Peninsula locals who cherish this beautiful corner of the world that we’re lucky enough to call home. By providing homes and businesses with a reliable solar energy solution we’re doing our small bit to help the future of our planet.