Solar Installation Retailer and Installer
Specialists in Solar Installations for Melbourne
Chief Electricians is a local solar energy retailer and installer that can install all types of solar renewable energy products. As a CEC Approved Solar Retailer, we can help eligible homeowners apply for the Victorian Solar Rebate on their solar array, giving you the highest possible saving on your system.
We employ CEC Accredited Designers and Installers in Melbourne, that use cutting edge software and internal governance frameworks to make sure our solar systems are installed efficiently and with absolute precision. We know how important it is to provide you with absolute peace of mind and the security of knowing that your solar installer is exactly who you signed up for. Unlike hundreds of our competitors, we don’t use external sub-contractors. We ensure the same standard of experience and reliability on all our jobs. In other words, the Chief Electricians team will provide a comprehensive start-to-finish service.
We can also provide ongoing maintenance and regular servicing on your system to ensure that it continues to perform at its fullest capability for years to come, giving you the best return on your solar investment.
We Are Known As Melbourne’s Best Installer for Battery Storage and Hybrid Solar Systems
One of the most recent solar energy trends has been to compliment your solar panel installation with battery storage systems. These can take excess energy and store them in batteries on site rather than sending it back to the grid. It can help to further reduce your electricity bills due to the reduction in electricity usage from the grid and create power outage back-up solutions.
A solar panel battery storage system installation can provide sufficient electricity to cover you at night, in cases of power outages or when your solar panels are not producing high volumes of energy on cloudy days.
Chief Electricians and our team hold all the required industry accreditations and licenses to safely and effectively install a battery storage system to compliment your new or existing solar array. We work with the best brands in Australia such as Tesla and LG.
Stand-Alone Systems (Off-Grid) Installations
Off-Grid Solar Energy System Installer
Many members of your local community are now moving to stand-alone solar energy systems that creates a complete off-grid solution. Becoming self-sustained means that you are generating your own energy without needing to draw power from the local grid. This can suit a house, tiny house accommodation, large properties like farms, or other applications.
Typically, this type of solar installation needs a small amount of space by the side of a house, in a shed, weather-proof or fully self-contained enclosure. The solar panels can be mounted on your roof or on adjustable ground frames depending on the property.
Some of the Brands We Work With
Yes! Chief Electricians are accredited as a CEC Approved Solar Retailer meaning we can sell, design and install a solar energy system for your property completely in-house, through use of our CEC Accredited Installers. We can also help you apply for any eligible solar rebates and can trade your STC’s for you, ensuring you receive the maximum savings possible on the price of your solar installation.
Energy Australia provide information on the differing costs of your electricity bill with a solar system installed on the home.
In most cases, the solar energy you generate doesn’t fully off-set your energy usage, especially in winter due to shorter days and poorer weather.
This can also be because there may be a mismatch between when you generate solar energy and the time of day when you use the most energy. A battery storage system allows you to store electricity from your solar panels when the sun is shining, so you can use the stored power at another time.
It may also be worthwhile to check your solar feed-in tariff hasn’t changed. As with energy tariffs, we will always contact you if there is a change in your solar feed-in tariff.
Your hot water system also contributes to your energy usage. Reducing the amount of time spent in the shower and washing your clothes in cold water could reduce your consumption throughout the year.
Review the supply charge shown on your bill to understand how it is changing over time. These costs relate to the delivery of your energy via poles and wires and the associated investment and maintenance costs. The costs are fixed in dollar terms per day and differ for people in different locations because the delivery costs vary. These are the costs that Energy Australia pays to the distributors which they pass through.
Is there a balance that’s been carried forward from your previous bill? Ensure that the meter number on your bill matches the meter number on the meter.
Solar Reviews provide some information on what happens to solar panels over an extended period of time.
After 25 years, your solar panels won’t necessarily need to be replaced; however, their ability to absorb sunlight will be reduced.
Over time, solar panels lose their ability to absorb sunlight and convert it into solar energy due to factors such as hotter weather and the natural reduction in chemical potency within the panel. This is what is referred to as the “degradation rate”.
The lower the degradation rate, the better the panel. When a solar panel has a lower degradation rate, it will produce more energy over its lifetime.
Degradation rates vary from one brand to another; higher-quality panels have a lower degradation rate versus lower-quality panels. This is important to keep in mind when doing a solar panel comparison since it might make more sense in the long run to spend more money on higher quality panels.
According to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study, premium modern solar panel manufacturers such as Panasonic and LG offer panels with degradation rates as low as 0.30% per year.
The worst degradation rate is .80% a year, but as a benchmark, you can expect an average degradation rate of .50% a year for any panel.
For most Tier 1 solar panels, the degradation rate is .30% meaning that each year, the panels performance is reduced by .30%. Over 25 years, that adds up to a total of 6.96% meaning your panels will operate at 93.04% of their original capacity in 2045.
If you invest in Tier 2 solar panels, your panels will degrade .50% each year and at the end of a 25-year warranty, they will operate at about 88.67% of their original capacity.
If after the 25-year period you notice that your energy bill is creeping back up, it might be because your solar energy system is not functioning efficiently. In the event this happens, you might need to invest in new solar panels.
Open Agent are a leading provider of real estate reports and advice in Australia and outline how solar panels can improve the attractiveness of your home when trying to sell.
With the current emphasis on renewable energy and the abundance of sunny days we have in Australia, solar panels seem an obvious choice. Investing in renewable energy is a hot topic globally and is on the minds of many Australians. In addition, there is a strong public awareness of solar power and how solar panels work, which works in your favour when leveraging the feature as a selling point of your property.
For a prospective buyer looking to reduce their environmental impact and electricity costs, purchasing a property which already has solar panels installed can be an attractive concept.
Many purchasers looking for an owner-occupier property intend to install solar panels themselves to save on overall energy bills and contribute to the renewable energy market. Having solar panels can reduce your energy bills to as little as $30 a month according to one user.
PM Property Lawyers are a UK based group who provide insight on the benefits of having solar panels installed when selling your home.
When selling your house, there are some aspects which are likely to appeal to potential buyers:
- Improved energy rating – solar panels will generally have a positive impact on rating of your property. A good EPC can make your home more saleable.
- Low electricity bills – buyers will appreciate the prospect of cheap or free electricity.
- Less environmental impact – a lower carbon footprint can be a plus point for buyers.
CNBC are a global leader in business news and financial market coverage, they provide further guidance on the benefits of selling your home with solar panels installed.
Installing solar panels in a home not only helps to reduce current monthly utility bills; it can potentially increase the home’s value by up to 4.1% more than comparable homes with no solar panels.
“There is increased demand for green living. More than 80% of buyers now say energy-efficient features are important in selecting their home,” said Sarah Mikhitarian, Zillow senior economist. “We are increasingly finding that these attributes are important to prospective homebuyers. This is part of the reason that there is a premium associated with it. The other piece is that there is true value provided by solar panels — namely, future energy savings.”
EnergySage are a renewable energy market research company who provide information on the types of roofs that a solar array can be installed on.
No one roof type is best for solar panels – there are mounting solutions for just about every roof out there.
Some roof types will cost more to mount solar panels on. This is due to differing equipment installers need to use.
Solar can be installed on almost any roof – here are some of the most commonly used roof materials that solar installers will encounter on the job:
- Asphalt shingles
- Clay tiles
- Slate tiles
While solar panels can be safely and effectively installed on all of the above roof materials, the exact installation processes may differ. As such, there is no “best” roof for solar – panels can go on just about any roof material.
EnergySage also outline how warehouse roofs are not only suitable for solar panels but can actually be one of the most effective applications for a PV solar array.
Though it’s clear that solar makes sense for factories contextually, they are also a great use case due to the style of roof most commonly associated with large commercial buildings. Factories are known for having large flat roofs with plenty of ample roof space, offering an ideal installation site for solar panels.
Roof layout in small buildings can cause issues with solar system installations – drastically angled roofs, skylights and dormers limit the area where solar panels can be installed. Additionally, solar panels should ideally be installed facing south to maximize sunlight exposure, which isn’t always an option with smaller angled roofs. The large, flat surface area of a factory building also results in fewer issues caused by shading from overhead trees and can make for an easier and faster system installation.
SolarQuotes are a leading provider of Solar quotes and information. They describe how powerful a 10kW solar system will be for your home.
A 10kW solar system will generate approximately 40kWh per day on average. This is enough to run 2-3 average Australian households or one really inefficient household!
To put it in perspective, 40kWh per day will power:
- Approx 2x ducted aircon systems on a hot (or cold) day, OR
- 4 small pool pumps for 10 hours per day, OR
- 40 x 5-star energy rated fridges with the freezer on top or below (not side-by-side; those suckers use a lot more energy).