Due to the ever-rising electricity costs and increasing awareness about climate change, a good number of people are switching to solar power. However, there are thousands of solar panel installers in the market and it can be overwhelming for beginners to choose the best system.
The quality of the system is a top factor to keep in mind when making your selection since it will determine whether or not your solar panel systems will last for decades. Unfortunately, many people believe that solar panels are all the same. The truth is only a few solar panel system manufacturers in Australia guarantee top-quality and reliable solar systems.
Below are the most typical mistakes consumers make when investing in solar panels:
All Solar is Equal
Unlike popular belief, not all solar panels are made equally. Poorly manufactured solar panels can severely affect the performance and longevity of a system.
The first thing you need to consider when buying a solar panel is if it has been approved by the Clean Energy Council (CEC). It is also vital to know how the panels were developed.
It helps to determine the type of sealing materials used and whether the panels were assembled by a machine or hand. Also, consider the number of steps involved in quality control. As much as possible, avoid companies that install inferior solar products.
Using the Cheap Components
Indeed, it is tempting to choose the lowest offers, especially if you have a tight budget. However, this is not practical when investing in solar power. Make sure you always go for customer service, warranty, quality, efficiency, and capacity, not just the system’s price.
While low-priced solar panels can provide decent performance upon installation, they can quickly degrade due to harsh weather conditions. Some problems you might face if you invest in low-quality photovoltaic panels are as follows:
- The back layer may peel off and this may be a fire hazard since the internal connections are already exposed to the environment.
- Snail trails or burnt spots on the panels are not under warranty, thus an added expense.
- Solar panel discolouration often is not covered by warranties.
- A tremendous reduction in the amount of solar power generated by the panels.
Neglecting Solar Warranties
Company credibility is significant in solar panel warranties. You would generally want to buy from a developer with a physical office near you. Thus, ensure that the company is credible and has excellent customer service to quickly assist you should you need to claim warranties when problems arise.