Best Solar Panel Installers

If you've just bought brand new solar panels for your home, you probably feel like you're walking on sunshine. But remember you also need to choose a solar panel installer to affix the panels to your rooftop, and wire your panels to your house’s electrical system using a solar inverter. Continue reading...

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Resinc Solar

Resinc Solar

5.0  (553)
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  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer and Member
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Terri S.
Terri S.
 
Very honorableVery honorable company, everybody is very prompt and on time and help is always available when you need it
Regen Power

Regen Power 🏆 2024

4.9  (1,687)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Member
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Yochi A.
Yochi A.2 posts
 
Quick and efficient servicePrompt service throughout. They communicated clearly from quote to post installation and responded promptly when I had questions.
Go Run Solar

Go Run Solar

5.0  (324)
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  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer and Member
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Alex T.
Alex T.
 
Worth buying solarExcellent service! They are friendly and client focused team. I would recommend it to anyone.
Amazing Solar Solutions

Amazing Solar Solutions 🏆 2024

4.9  (647)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer and Member
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Thiago
Thiago
 
Great communication and qualityI was hesitant when choosing a supplier for my solar system, but Amazing Solar went beyond my expectations. Patrick really took the time to give me all the info necessary and Mubarak, from the installation team, did an amazing job! Highly recommend them.
Smart Energy Answers

Smart Energy Answers

4.9  (589)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer
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Paul J
Paul JNSW
 
Good ExperienceVery good experience. All contact was professional and the battery install went according to plan. Show reply
Zip Solar

Zip Solar

4.9  (605)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition None
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jeffery croad
jeffery croad
 
Jeffery CroadExcellent job . Installers were very good , neat and tidy, and quick
Supreme Solar Power

Supreme Solar Power

5.0  (211)
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  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer
Gary P.
Gary P.QLD
 
Sun Select

Sun Select

4.8  (1,234)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer and Member
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Tim F.
Tim F.WA
 
App SetupVery helpful and patient in helping set up the WiFi app
Sunboost

Sunboost 🏆 2024

4.7  (13,628)
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  • Clean Energy Council Recognition None
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Jeffrey Hardman
Jeffrey Hardman2 posts
 
ExcellentFixed problem quickly and friendly service and now working all good thanks
Solarmaxx

Solarmaxx 🏆 2024

4.8  (387)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Accredited Installer, Approved Retailer and Member
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A B.
A B.
 
Terrible experience - no comms, no installI engaged with solarmax in Dec 2023. They then continuously ignored me when I tried to follow up for when the install would happen and engaged in delaying tactics. It's now April 2024 and I don't have any word on when install may possibly occur. I've asked for my deposit back and they have simply ignored me.

Don't use this mob.

Solarhub

Solarhub

4.9  (286)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer and Member
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Ada
Ada
 
Excellent experienceWe had an excellent experience with Solarhub. They gave genuine advice, respected our needs and decisions and when it came to installation, the team were on time, took great care and left our house tidy. Michael, the electrician, was particularly professional and helpful.
Sync Energy

Sync Energy

4.8  (442)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Member
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Andrew P
Andrew P2 posts
  QLD
Natural Solar

Natural Solar

4.8  (645)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer
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Steven Spurway
Steven SpurwayNSW
 
Great experience and value for moneyEfficient and was helpful and kept informed throughout the entire process. Could not have asked for anything more. Great experience and would recommend to anybody.
Sunny Sky Solar

Sunny Sky Solar

5.0  (119)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Member
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Jim D.
Jim D.QLD
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Solar Miner

Solar Miner

4.7  (930)
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  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer and Member
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RALPH K
RALPH KVIC
 
GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICEMalcolm and Soham and the tradesman, were a pleasure to deal with. Every detail was taken care of and explained well to us.
iGreen Energy

iGreen Energy

4.7  (612)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Member
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neville t
neville tWA3 posts
 
Can highly recommendThank you IGreen Energy, especially John and Olivia for great customer service, and to the installation team, who were very polite and professional, and left no mess afterwards. The solar power system price was very competitive. Am well pleased.
GT Solar

GT Solar

4.9  (157)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer and Member
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anthony c.
anthony c.QLD
 
Very disappointingSolar batteries installed with no backup to house if a power outage occurred, who would install such a system, there big sales pitch power on a blackout, GT Solar want another $1200 dollar to wire for black out, see you on court.
Arise Solar

Arise Solar 🏆 2024

4.6  (5,787)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition None
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Robert
Robert
 
SolarVery professional brick was very helpful
And great installation and good price
Smart House Solar

Smart House Solar

4.7  (492)
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  • Clean Energy Council Recognition None
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Romes old mate
Romes old mate2 posts
 
Solar Naturally

Solar Naturally

4.6  (864)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Member
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Nathan
Nathan
 
no complaintsInstallers were on time, tidy, friendly. Overall very happy with my experience
Solar World

Solar World

4.7  (362)
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  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Member
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Ranjeet
RanjeetNSW
 
Very goodGood service and product and nice team person excellent work Show reply
Fritts Solar

Fritts Solar

5.0  (104)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Accredited Installer
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Simon H.
Simon H.WA
 
Don't bother going anywhere elseVery happy with the system. From quoting to installation and now ongoing performance for 8 months.
Sunline Energy

Sunline Energy

4.8  (178)
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  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer
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Stephen B.
Stephen B.
 
New Hot Water Heat PumpSunline Energy were fantastic from quote through to assisting with applying for the Victorian Government Rebate. We now have a electric Hot water heat pump and we're very happy with the installation, price and service.
Thanks Mick. Show reply
Marshall Energy Solutions

Marshall Energy Solutions

4.9  (108)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer and None
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Nigel R.
Nigel R.
 
Amazing solar installationSmooth experience with Marshall Energy Solutions. We were referred by our brother, they have done a good job
Jala Solar

Jala Solar

5.0  (96)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition None
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Sukhwinder S.
Sukhwinder S.
  Fair Incentive
Great serviceThe installation team did a fantastic job. They arrived at the nominated time. They were very professional in the manner in which they performed the installation. I am very pleased with the final product and would recommend .Thank-you very much JALA Solar . And Jayesh
Solar Battery Group

Solar Battery Group

4.6  (865)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer
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Pete h.
Pete h.
  Verified
Hot water heat pumDuring the process of getting a heat pump hot water service Glen and Cameron provided great accurate information. Prompt of the $99 refund should we not go with them. No fuss professional sales team, unfortunately was beaten on price. The battery we had installed 3 months ago with them is working great and would definitely consider in the future.
Solar Prime

Solar Prime

5.0  (87)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition None
navroop singh
navroop singh
 
Solar prime is BestWe installed sun grow inverter and jinko panels , 13kw system. We are very happy with the service. Aman has given us very good clarity about system size . There price was best . I would love to recommend aman and solar prime
Fortune Solar

Fortune Solar

4.7  (245)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberYes
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Member
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Clive
Clive2 posts
 
Great experience and customer serviceGrace has been very helpful and good to deal with. I would highly recommend fortune solar
Polygon Energy

Polygon Energy

5.0  (94)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer
Jimmy T.
Jimmy T.ACT
 
Solar Worx

Solar Worx

4.9  (102)
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  • Clean Energy Council MemberNo
  • Clean Energy Council Recognition Approved Retailer
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Dennis D
Dennis DMelbourne3 posts
 

Solar panels on slanted roof

Is solar worth it?

While the costs of residential solar power were sky high as recent as 10 years ago, putting solar panels on your roof is much more affordable now. This is due in part to generous government rebates aimed at incentivising the use of renewable energy, as well as the increased demand for solar power in Australia. A 5kW system today is the same price as a 2kW system sold for prior to 2011, when the government introduced its Australian Renewable Energy Target.

The solar panel rebate

When you purchase solar panels from an accredited Clean Energy Council solar retailer, you’re eligible for a discount in the form of Small Scale Technology Certificates, or STCs. A certain dollar value is taken off the purchase price of your system per kilowatt.

The exact discount amount depends on three variables: your zone rating, the deeming period and market factors. The zone rating indicates how much clean renewable energy your panels can generate, according to your location and how much sunshine your part of the country receives. For example, Darwin and Townsville have a higher zone rating than Sydney and Brisbane. The deeming period refers to the number of years left remaining before the scheme's finish date. Since the scheme is due to be phased out by 2030, the closer we get to this time, the lower the discount you'll receive.

Regardless, the STC subsidy can be generous, amounting to $3,300 for a 6kW system. To see an estimate of the discount you may qualify for, you can put your details into the Small generation unit STC Calculator.

How do I avoid solar wastage?

If you spend most of your peak solar-generating times out of the house (for example if you work in an office full-time), you may be wondering if solar is still worth it. After all, since your solar system will automatically revert to on-grid electricity at night-time, what’s the point of solar if you're still paying for electricity bills. Here are two options to help you reap the rewards of clean energy.

  • Solar battery: Battery storage allows any solar power that’s not used immediately to be saved for later. This means you can use stored-up solar power when you're at home in the evenings - or even in a power outage. However, while solar batteries are resourceful, they can be expensive, with the solar battery price ranging from $2,000-$12,000, depending on the size of your system and the brand. For example, the Tesla Powerwall 2 retails for around $11, 700.

  • Feed-in tariff: A more affordable option is to sign up for a feed-in tariff with your electricity provider. This allows any unused solar energy to be fed back into the grid through a utility meter. Solar panel owners are compensated by way of a modest rebate. The exact amount varies depending on your electricity company, but often ranges from 7-16 cents per kW. However, it also means that you're contributing to clean energy in your neighbourhood - providing solar energy that would otherwise be sourced by coal or gas.

How much do solar panels cost?

The main determining factor of the total cost of your solar panel set-up is the total power output, measured in kilowatts or kW. As an average cost, here are some rough estimates:

  • 3kW system: $3.5-$5K Sufficient for a household of 2-3 people
  • 5kW system: $4.5-$8K Suitable for most households of 4-5 people, who spend a balance of time at home and out.
  • 10kW: $8-12K This is the right size if you have a larger household, or for smaller households that spend the bulk of their time at home during the day, such as retired couples.

These estimates are inclusive of system installation, however you may choose to custom-select your installer, which may result in a variation in price. As these cost estimates demonstrate, it's hard to pin down an exact price of how much a solar power system will cost.

Solar quotes

While a quote is still a price estimate, it's more specific to your unique needs. Comparing solar quotes is helpful, as all quotes take into account other factors besides the size of your system. These include:

  • Your state in Australia: As your city or town's zone rating will affect the STC discount on solar panels you get from the government.
  • Inclusion of a mounting system: A professional will consider whether you need a mounting system to tilt the panels on your roof towards the sun - especially if your have a flat roof, or your roof doesn't face north
  • Your roof's condition: As older rooves will usually still be solar-panel friendly, but take more work to allow them to accommodate solar panels
  • Seasonality: While autumn and early spring offer more affordable installation, summer is the peak time for solar panel installation. This means you'll be paying top dollar to install at this time of year.
  • The quality of solar system components including the solar panels and the solar inverter. Although energy-efficient panels are more expensive initially, they'll last longer. The same is true of a durable panel build quality like crystalline silicon, which is estimated to last around 25 years.

With all this in mind, it's advisable to avoid flash deals by overzealous solar panel retailers or limited-time only sale offers - even if they're marketed using catchy phrases like 'Best solar deals!' A cheaper price today may involve the use of cheap, non-durable components, or an imminent price increase after installation. These can involve more money changing hands later.

Solar panel installer on roof

Can I install a solar panel system myself?

The short answer is no. Even if you’re an electrician or an engineer, you should leave installation to the professionals. Solar installation is a niche market and the work involves high voltage electricity being handled from a height, so it can be dangerous.

There are also parts of the installation process that a lay person legally can’t do, such as wiring a solar panel to a 230-volt AC load. Since accredited solar installers have completed the training necessary to obtain their license, they install solar panels as part of their routine work – which can take whole lot of stress off your plate.

Hiring a solar panel installer might actually save you money

  • Warranty protection: DIY solar panel installation will, in most cases, void a solar panel warranty. This is the case even if your installation goes according to plan and no problems are immediately visible.
  • You can't get a discount with a DIY job: To be eligible for a discount Small Scale Technology Certificates as part of a government rebate, your solar panel system needs to be set up by a Clean Energy Council accredited installer. This makes you exempt from receiving a rebate if you embark on a DIY solar job - even if everything goes perfectly according to plan. Since the rebates can amount to thousands of dollars, you’ll often make back the money you spend on installation by opting for an accredited installer, anyway.
  • Insurance reasons: Since an accredited solar panel installer will be insured, you won’t be left out of pocket to cover the cost of damage or other expenses if there is a fault with the installation process.

What do solar installation costs include?

A professional will prepare your roof by attaching racking/ scaffolding, installing mounts, laying the panels, and installing a solar inverter that converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into usable AC electricity via your home’s electrical system. The total cost will include the 'balance of system' - all the separate electrical parts that make up the system, like wires, isolators, breakers, switches, mounting brackets and the solar inverter. The cost of manual labour will also be factored in.

How to choose a solar panel installer

  • First and foremost, look for Clean Energy Council accreditation - this ensures your installer will meet a certain level of quality. While installers need to be licensed electrical contractors as a minimum, each year, when installers renew they're accreditation, they're required to complete training to keep up-to-date with Australian standards. They're also required to have public liability insurance. Choosing CEC-approved also means you'll qualify for discounts. Ask your installer for proof of accreditation.
  • Installers should provide an itemised list for a quote
  • Warranty periods should be clearly stated - both product warranties (around 10 years) and performance warranties (usually around 25 years)
  • A good reputation accompanied by a decent number of years in business is a requirement as well. Reading real-to-life reviews from solar panel owners in Australia is helpful - simply scroll up to begin your research today.

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