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What are the main factors to consider when you’re buying a solar power system?

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There are a number of different factors you should look into before selecting the right solar power system for your home or business. Taking the right steps at the beginning of your journey can help you to ensure you get a high quality system, that is going to deliver safe, reliable and efficient solar power for decades to come.

The general rule of thumb is that low quality products or installations won't last nearly as long as higher quality products and installations will, so spending a bit extra at the start will end up saving you thousands in replacement costs later on.

To start off, you need to consider how much you want to spend. There are a lot of very cheap prices advertised for solar systems, so make sure you understand the manufacturers of those products being advertised, and how long they will actually last. The general rule of thumb is that low quality products or installations won't last nearly as long as higher quality products and installations will, so spending a bit extra at the start will end up saving you thousands in replacement costs later on. Some solar companies will also make lower quality products more expensive so that you believe that you're getting quality. So again make sure you thoroughly research the product manufacturers, and the installers, before you buy.

Next, you need to consider your energy use patterns for your home or business. Is there plenty of roof space for the panels? Do you need technology to overcome shading? How do you best orient the panels to produce power when you're using it the most? Is a battery a good idea to use your solar energy at night? Do you have future plans to add a pool, or an electric car, a better air conditioning system, or a new electric hot water unit? All of this will give you an idea not only about your energy use now, but it will help you to future proof your solar power system for years and decades to come.

Your next step should be to take into account the quality, design and warranties of all key components in your solar power system, so they are designed for the harsh Australian conditions. At the end of the day, a solar power system is an energy production factory stuck to your roof. It's up there in the baking summers, freezing winters, rain and wind, day and night, for years. Making sure you have highest quality products, installed by reputable local installers, will give you the best chance of having a system that will last for decades, plus it will also make you the biggest financial payback. So make sure you choose wisely!

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