Residential

EverSolar residential solar installation.

What makes a solar power system? Is it the obvious components, such as the panels and the inverter, or is it the other ‘under the hood’ stuff that allows the system to operate safely and efficiently?

At EverSolar, we think the answer is ‘both.’ Our focus on residential solar installations does give time and attention to panels and inverters. However, we also take the time to make sure every electrical component is in place and ready to stand the test of time. Aspects such as superior circuit breakers, stainless steel trimmings, cyclone grade panel packing and IP67 safety switches are what makes the difference between a system that fails after a few years and one that lasts through 40+ years of beating sun, pounding rain and other extreme elements.

Simply put, when you work with EverSolar, you get a residential solar installation where every single piece has been carefully considered. The result is an investment that will be bulletproof for many years to come.

How our systems work

What can you expect from a fully realised residential solar installation from EverSolar? Here’s a step-by-step overview of how our systems work:

Capture – Your solar panels capture sunlight in multiple light spectrums throughout the day. The quality and efficiency of the panels, coupled with the time of year, will determine how much light you can capture throughout the day.

Conversion – The inverter is the part of a solar power system responsible for converting sunlight to usable energy. When captured by the solar panels, the energy exists as DC power. The inverter converts it to AC power. Again, how efficient this process is will depend on the quality of the inverter.

Measuring – Your solar power system includes what is called a Bi-directional metre, which keeps track of the energy produced by the system.

Usage  – Power for appliances, equipment, lighting and other applications is generated directly by the solar system. Instead of relying on a power grid, you are pulling energy directly from the solar installation. Since you are producing power with your assets, you can save thousands of dollars in energy costs.

Excess – In cases where the solar system generates more power than you use directly, the power will be returned to the power grid via your electricity retailer.

Paid – Since you are sending power to the grid, you are technically owed money through the Feed-In Tariff (or FIT). Your energy retailer will pay your FIT to you each billing cycle, either in the form of an account credit or a direct payment. The current FIT rate is 11.3c (As of July 2017).

Benefits of installing solar for your home

There are numerous advantages to installing a residential solar system, including:

– You are using renewable energy, which can drastically reduce your carbon emissions.
– You are reducing your reliance on fossil fuels.
– You are adding a valuable asset to your home, which can increase its market value.
– You are shielding yourself against the increasing cost of electricity.
– You are making yourself eligible for sizeable tax deductions.
– You are limiting your reliance on the power grid, thereby protecting yourself from outages and blackouts.
– You are giving yourself a potential financial return of 300% over ten years.

The benefits of a residential solar installation can be increased even further with battery storage systems, which can effectively eliminate all your ongoing electricity costs.

At EverSolar, we’d be thrilled to tell you more about solar power and its many benefits for homeowners like you. Call us on 1300 383 776 to schedule a free consultation with one of our team members.

FAQ

How does it work?
The system captures sunlight and converts it into electricity, which you can use throughout your property. Your home will remain connected to the main power grid, which will meet your energy needs during the night or when there isn’t much sunlight.

How effective is the system in winter?
Contrary to popular belief, solar systems still work in the winter. Panels capture energy from sunlight and UV rays, not from heat. As such, the intensity of the sun doesn’t matter much. Winter energy production rates may still be lower because there are fewer hours of daylight, but your system should still provide plenty of energy.

Why should I consider solar?
A high-quality solar will deliver free electricity, increase your property value, reduce your carbon footprint and shield you from the rise of electricity cost increases.

Is a warranty provided?
Every EverSolar installation is backed by a 25-year Power Production Warranty. There is also a 10-year on-site service replacement warranty, which means you will not have to pay for labour, parts or call out fees on any system services in the first ten years.

Will a special meter need to be installed?
Yes. Since electricity companies are still responsible for managing the electricity grid and providing some of your home’s power, you will require a unique digital meter that tracks solar energy. EverSolar communicates with your distributor throughout the system design process to make sure that we include the appropriate meter in our plans.

Is any maintenance required?
One of the best things about a solar power system is that once installed; the system should be maintenance free. EverSolar does recommend cleaning the panels periodically to ensure optimal performance, as well as checking for breaks in the cables.

What are STC credits?
The act of investing in solar power helps reduce carbon emissions. The Australian government encourages this investment in sustainability by offering carbon offset credits known as Small-Scale Technology Certificates, or STCs. Each STC equates to 1MWh (megawatt-hour) of electricity generated by a renewable source.

Who installs the system?
At EverSolar, we are proud to provide in-house installation services for all our solar systems. Each installer on our payroll has been certified by the Clean Energy Certified and is a licenced master electrician.

What happens in the case of a blackout?
Because your system is connected to the power grid, it will automatically shut down if there is a disruption to the regular supply of electricity.

Are the panels tested for hailstones?
Yes. Every EverSolar panel has been tested for hailstones the size of golf balls, blasted at terminal velocity. Our panels are capable of withstanding this force.

Will my home insurance cover my system?
In most cases, homeowner’s insurance policies should cover your solar power installation. The system will be covered by your ‘contents’ policy. However, you should contact your insurance agent to confirm that your system is included and make sure the replacement value for your system is accurate.

What are the components of a solar power system?
A standard solar installation consists of three main parts. The first part is the solar panel (or panels). The second part is the inverter, which converts the energy collected by the panels into useable electricity. The third part includes the rest of the system’s components, such as racking, writing, safety switches, and conduit.

Do I get paid for the excess electricity that I produce?
Yes. The government requires that your electricity provider purchase any excess electricity that your solar system produces. You get paid for this electricity through what is called the ‘Feed-In-Tariff.’

How much will I save?
The financial benefits of solar power will always vary depending on the size, quality, and efficiency of the system. At EverSolar, we will design a system that makes sense for your budget. Our goal is to cut your power bill by 80%.

How much roof space is required?
This answer depends on the property and size of system you want. At EverSolar, we will use advanced satellite technology to inspect your property and determine the amount of roof space available. From there, we can look at your budget to determine what size system you can accommodate.