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Solar Power - The truth the whole truth

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You know there isn’t a day that goes by when someone isn’t offering the unrepeatable deal of the century on solar power systems that just seems just too good to be true. Generally I have always found that if it sound too good to be true then chances are that is exactly what it is.

Now the idea of solar power sound great but, who do you trust?

Gas Works have been installing solar systems for over 20 years so if any is going to know then a trust SA Company like Gas Works is a great place to start.

So what make for a good solar power system, in short it is one that suits your needs and that will vary depending on what your needs are. It will also depend on exactly what size system you can fit on your roof, what you are looking to achieve from a solar system and what budget you have to spend on a system.

Now the price of a system can vary dramatically however in the long run there is no substitute for quality. While the cheaper systems may perform well at first as they get older they can experience problems. There can be issues with the inverters or the panels themselves. There are a number of solar power companies who are no longer in business and tracking down the manufacture of the panels is not always easy and the vast majority are made overseas.

So what size system do you need and how much do they cost? This will depend on your power usage however the average size systems installed are 3-5 kilowatt. These will dramatically reduce the average household bill. You can expect to pay somewhere between $5,000 - $6,000 for a good quality 3 kilowatt system after the government rebate. This means you should always look at solar as a long term investment. Generally you can expect to your system to pay for itself in approximately 4 -5 years and has an expectant life of 20-25 years.

Gas Works recommend that before investing in a system, spend a week measuring your usage between 6am-6pm. This let you know how much power you are consuming during the daytime, while your system is producing power.

What you don’t use you can sell back to the grid, however in most cases you pay more for power than you get back.

With a north facing roof with a pitch of 25-30% you can expect a system to produce 4.2 kilowatts of power per day per kilowatt of system.

Want more information on a solar power system to suit your needs? Talk to the Solar Power Specialists at your nearest Gas Works Showroom who will help find what works better for you.

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