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GOVERNMENT REBATES, DONT BE FOOLED!
Rebates [Government STC] Residential and Commercial in QLD
This is a trick often used by pushy salesman trying to corner the customer into a purchase. it is one to be very wary of!
The usual line is "You have to buy now to make sure you qualify for the rebate as they are taking them away soon".
The honest answer is that one knows when the rebate prices will fluctuate or be removed outside of industry updates. Their is even a chance that they could go up from where they currently are! This equates to more money in your back pocket. Like anything government related the STC amount [Rebate] can go either way with little to no notice.
Should this force you into making a purchase? NO. As long as you deal with an honest installer that uses quality product at a realistic price you cant loose!
Can the rebate be removed? YES, however not likely anytime soon!
For Current and predicted Government rebate pricing please follow this publicly availible link.
TIER 1 SOLAR PANELS! WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?
WHAT DOES TIER 1 MEAN: Industry miss truth about Tier 1 Panels!
A common term that sales companies and manufacturers use is the 'Tier 1' rating. The Tier rating was developed by Bloomberg New Energy Finance Corporation and is basically used to rate solar panel manufacturers in terms of financial stability.
Unfortunately a Tier 1 ranking does not mean a panel offers the highest performance or quality.
If you would like to know more about how panel rating is calculated as far as quality please contact Hemisphere Solar. Happy to answer all of your questions!
CEC CERTIFIED INSTALLER? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
CEC INSTALLER: What does being a CEC Certified installer mean?
Within this video the CEC covers what it means to be certified within the industry along with the extra protection the consumer receives.
It is imperative that you ensure your installer has this certification guaranteeing a quality installation that meets or exceeds all industry practices.
For more information please visit the CEC website in the following link.
GRID SOLAR VS OFF GRID SOLAR
GRID SOLAR VS STAND ALONE OFF GRID: Be careful with your choice!
This simple video provided by Solar Flicks on youtube does a great job in explaining the difference between grid connect solar systems and off grid stand alone options.
When looking at an off grid or on grid hybrid system it is imperative that you look at the following information in detail. If your retailer does not go through the following list you need to question how they arrived at the decision for your personal consumption / financial and environmental needs.
Your personal consumption patterns and items within the home.
ROI for the system.
Ability to upgrade in the future as demand increases.
Off Grid back up systems ensuring you will not be without power.
Local support and battery efficiency levels for supply vs demand [High Voltage vs Low Voltage.
CEC Certification for battery installations [New regulation in place as of 2019]. This is especially important for any support or possible warranty claims. Not to mention it is an industry legal requirement now!
ROI between Stand Alone systems and grid tie configurations.
PICKING THE RIGHT PRODUCT, SOLAR 101!
Let Hemisphere Solar help you make the right decision
We love assisting our customers with finding the right package to suit their needs. Not two customers are alike and this keeps us on our toes!
If you are seriously looking at reducing your financial overheads and carbon footprint we highly recommend budgeting on a quality system investment and doing your research based on the recommended product choices above and within this video.
Once you have your key product choices in mind please contact one of our friendly staff to book in your obligation free estimate and site report. We can then provide you with honest feedback based on your selections and explain the whole process in as much detail as you like.
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SOLAR 101: Picking the right product for your investment.
This video has been provided by one of Australia's best sources of honest and independent product and service reviewers. Their is no point in re inventing the wheel when it comes to information and we back all that is said by Solar Quotes, so why not share this easy to follow Video!
Main key points we would like to point out that are covered within this video are as follows.
Quality, Quality, Quality! If you are getting quotes for cheap systems their is a good reason why it is cheap! You get what you pay for and will often end up with headaches within years of your purchase. Not to mention a real chance your installer and or manufacturer will not want to rectify any issues. We hear of this often and can lead to very costly repairs.
Make sure your product is well backed in Australia with a good supply network. This is imperative, try dealing directly with an overseas manufacturer for warranty claims should the need arise!
Do your research and read independent reviews online. Bad news travels faster than good news so this is a good indicator if your system will offer the reliability and performance you would expect.
Use an CEC certified installer and try to pick a local company with a physical location. Purchasing through an online retailer [Legally can not mention names] more often than not comes with many complications. They use contract installers to allow them to offer cheap product packages, this results in corner cutting to achieve the best financial gain and lack of care in workmanship. You will also find that when it comes time to service or repair your system the online retailer will not look after your best interests. We have to come to the rescue more often than not for these situations and all we can recommend is search online for customer service reviews if looking at an online retailer!
SHADING ISSUES? IMPORTANT TO NOTE WHEN LOOKING AT SOLAR!
"Only shade effected panels need optimisers"
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All your answers in the one place!
At Hemisphere Solar we love dispelling industry miss truths. Unfortunately their are many salesman and companies within the industry that use underhanded tactics to pressure you into making a purchase. This can be from making up stories about rebates ending through to pushing this months cheapest stock allowing them to line their pockets due to the customer not researching the facts first.
We are making a stand and have put together a list of the most frequent tactics, strategies and lies which are often passed on the to the purchaser.
If you would like clarification on any of the content within please don't hesitate to contact us or pop into our showroom for a chat!
SHADING: Make sure you do it right the first time!
The most common design mistake we see is customers whom install panels in shade effected areas. On the Sunshine Coast this is common due to the natural environment often effecting panel mounting areas.
Due to the way non micro inverter panels are wired up in series you stand to see a big performance drop if even one panel is exposed to shading! This could be from a tree, chimney or even satellite dish!
The good news is that you don't have to install optimisers on all of your panels.
Once we have a look at your location we can suggest the most cost effective way to isolate the effected panels by installing selective optimisers. This will help to keep the cost down on the install and boost overall generation!