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Took months just to do a PV service...
Tried to book them to do a solar system health check but they kept sending incorrect quotes, and just generally not responding. Despite me sending them an email more than a week before the appointment, stating that unless I received a pro-forma invoice or quote, for the correct amount, I did't want to continue with the job, they still sent an engineer. This is also despite their Ts&Cs stating that, if I didn't pay the pro-forma invoice at least a full day prior to the appointment (which I didn't) the appointment would't go ahead (which it did!)...Only because I called them and got them to agree to send the corrected pro-forma invoice through, today, did I agree for their engineer to attend. We'll see if they deliver on yet another promise. However, the work is done and the ball is now in their court, as I haven't paid yet. I would be involving CAV at this point, if I had. Solargain have made what should be a very straight forward process unnecessarily difficult.
Incorrect estimation of plant output
Initially I was having a very good experience but when I finalised my installation with Solargain guys I realised that there is a shadow problem on my roof which was NOT told to me by your sales agent at the start. When I asked him about it, he said yes there is a shadow problem on your roof and I factored it in our estimation of yearly output from your system. Then I asked him again by sending the copy of quote that is it really true that you have factored in the loss due to shadow? When I asked this question over email he flipped and said, no...we have not, there will be additional 5% loss. Since I finaliased the installation I did not change it and continued with those guys. Now actually after using this system for 4+ months what I am getting from my plant is even lesser, so loss is more than 5%. This is not right and company like Solargain should have proper tools and equipment to estimate the plant output as close as possible so that customers can make the right decisions. I even asked this agent to your "Fisheye" but he said we don't use that. Very bad experience on this front. You have high prices for your system, you don't negotiate the price much on the promise of quality but at the very beginning you don't give right information and service
Caution is advised!
Had issues with FRONIUS Galvo 2 had Solar gain tech come out and with assistance from Fronius seems to have rectified system. However I have LOST a lot in rebates because of this issue and requested restitution of such and was told QUOTE"Just emailing in response to your recent txt RE the lost rebates you would like to claim from us.
I have reviewed your portal and the technicians notes and due to this being a manufacturer fault rather than an error of Solargain or the overall installation of the system, we would at this stage not be compensat...ing for the loss of rebates. You are most welcome to contact Fronius directly on 03 8340 2910 and seek reimbursement from them directly if you wish and this will be up to their discretion. So literally NOT our PROBLEM see the manufacturer WHOM I Quote also: Dear Peter, Thank you for contacting Fronius Australia regarding compensation for low production of your solar system.
The customer service support is terrible
That company has the worst customer service support. After 2 weeks of having the rebate and the loan approved. I haven't received any call to arrange the installation and when I call them the excuse is that they are busy because of Covid. If you want solar panels from this company you have to beg them.
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I was sold a 3kw system by a [Name Removed] from Solargain back in 2014 I was assured by [name removed] it would have a 10 year warranty on the Fronius inverter as this was a must have on my check list. On install I did not receive any warranty cards just a document stating a ten year warranty.
In the middle of 2020 I noticed my power bills increasing, the inverter was only producing 3 to 5 kw a day far from the 11 kw a day I should have been getting, on contacting Solargain for a inspection under warranty I was advised in an email from [Name ...
do not use this supplier
My advice to any one contemplating using SOLARGAIN or ARISESOLAR or NQElectrical, DON’T, I believe the inverter they supplied was not new, the date was stuck on 01/01/2018 and had possibly been repaired. The customer care and after service was deplorable they have not honored any of the claims OR STATEMENTS on the web sites. And where not interested in the problem that was evident from day one on the inverter they sold me. They did not offer to repair it, replace it or refund the purchase price.
I was sold an Inverter by [Name Removed] of S...olargain and NQElectrical and was told it was brand new, I paid for a Growatt inverter which was fitted on the 11 May 2020, during the commissioning process it was found that the date time function was not working and was reading 01/01/2018 I contacted NQElectrical for help was advised they would go on line and look, after managing to amend the date function with out any assistance from the supplier, I noted that it would revert to 01/01/2018 over night, I decided to claim a warranty replacement on the 09/06/2020 and asked the supplier for help, on the same day I was advised by [Name Removed] as follows “With your warranty claim for it to be processed we need the contact details of the Accredited CEC installer who replaced your inverter. This will enable us to process the warranty claim”. On the 12/06/2020 I received the following “the warranty on the inverter will have to be submitted by the installer with photos of the fault.” After visiting SOLARGAIN web site I noticed that they have listed Growatt as one of the Inverters they repair and service and asked them if the could look at the inverter they had supplied, They informed me the do not service this model, In the end I submitted a warranty claim and after Growatt tried to rectify the defect on line the replacement arrived on the 07/07/2020,
Don’t use solargain. Buyer beware.
Absolute rubbish chromagen solar hot water system that solargain sold us just 6 years ago. The main connection into the tank had rusted and we were told we would have to buy a whole new system. Solargain were rude and dismissive about selling such rubbish. Be aware of their salesman crap speech. I will never recommend this disgraceful company to anyone.
Very poor customer service though the price is comparatively very high than competitors
Its only a few days since Solar gain installed. There are multiple roof leaks. Their price is comparatively very much higher than competitors and they convince to you by saying that their after sales support is very good thats why their price is high. But after the sales, I am now struggling to get support. Its been almost a week since I reported its leaking, No one has come forward to fix. They will send the technician based on the availability. Very bad customer service and rude.
Terrible after sales service!
Having just paid over $12,000 on a brand new product..Q Home from Solargain I am really disappointed with the after sales service...or rather lack of service! Although the installer did a good job, despite having never installed this product before, the technical communications with the inverter continues to be a problem that neither Solargain or QCell want to resolve! Very much over it now! Will never recommend either of these companies and will be heading to consumer protection!
Checking hot water panels on a two storey home
We had a solar hot water system with Solargain. They were ok when we needed to engage them for replacing the pump and also when we needed to change the gas heating booster which are all on ground level. When the problem is up on the roof for a 2 storey home then the problem is more complicated and needs scaffolding. Sourcing of this scaffold will be for the owner.. It looks like for a small family it is not practical for hot water solar panels if the house is 2 storey. The problem it creates down the line is greater than the benefit. Ok f...or one storey homes as accessibility by ladder is safe and easy. No extra cost. I would think twice about hot water panels for a two storey home. Taking it out too if one no longer wants the system is costly due to the weight of the panels. My suggestion is think over the need. Is it really necessary especially for a two storey home. To take it out to make room for solar electricity panels creates extra big bucks cost for us now.
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Rubblish Aftersales Service
Rubbish aftersales service.
Solargain are chasing me for $202 for a callout fee despite continuing to tell me the fee would only be $160 and when I booked the callout not being able to tell me the sytem was out of waranty.
After not responding to my emails for a month Solargain finally told me my system is out of waranty.
Their tech told me the inverter on the unit they installed only ever produced 440 units and which Synergy shows only exported power for 6 months so it definitely failed during the warranty period.
In addition to the $202 they want $1000 for a "new" inverter........
I can't believe the magnitude of issues I have experienced with Solargain - It is just a Nightmare!
The pictures below tell the sorry story! My experience with Solargain has been extremely stressful to say the least. I have had multiple serious issues with them. If you are considering Solargain, think again! Do you really want to risk having the issues I have, and go through the stress and hassle that I have to endure with Solargain? There are plenty of Solar companies out there so why take the risk! Do not make the same mistake as I have.
Issue 1: Second-hand inverter supplied by Solarg...ain: Being “fobbed off” with a second-hand inverter while being invoiced full price. The inverter was installed on 31st Oct 2019 but was registered since 18th July 2019 and has logged more operating hours than the time installed confirming it is NOT a new inverter Issue 2: Panels badly placed and in shade - Producing much less than expected solar output. Issue 3: Switchboard fire - Causing a dangerous electrical fire. Issue 4: Internal property damage - Water ingress and damage to the ceiling.
Poor communication regarding after sales service
My original review stated: My system hadn't worked since mid December and had been trying to get them to fix it (under warranty) since early February. They usually don't answer emails and it takes more than one call to get them to call back - and then little or nothing happens. Eventually a tech called out, updated the software on the inverter and left. It was worse after the update.
Update: It did turn out that they had activated a warranty process with Fronius after the tech called. My Fronius inverter was replaced some weeks after the tech...called out. The problem was I was kept completely in the dark until a few days before the tech returned to install it, despite numerous attempts to find out what was going on. A lot of angst could have been avoided if they sorted out their communications.
Do not use! There's some gotcha!
I am extremely disappointed being a return customer for my second installation. The initial quote and follow up process was prompt and sweet. But as soon as the Solar VIC approval is completed, things went down hill.
The installation time given was more than three and a half months and the final installation date keep getting moved further out. When questioned, the I asked nicely to see if they can do anything to expedite the install, the sale rep bluntly send through a cancellation confirmation email with no other information. I sucked this u...p as my approval was last year with $2250 rebate and this query was done after the new year with reduced rebate, decided to wait until late March. While all my friends using other installers all got their systems installed within a month of approval, my wait until late March was ridiculed by all of them but there's nothing I could do. Fast forward a few months, few days closer to the installation date, nothing was heard from Solargain until I sent them a follow up email, only to be told to hold off for another couple weeks as they are waiting for approval from the power supplier (Powercor), paperwork was not done in time. From my understanding, the Powercor approval lasts for three months so I'm not sure why they have to wait until the last few days to submit (when I emailed them) and then there's extra wait time for it to complete. Also got hit with an extra $300 for the inverter to restrict power export to 0 KW at the last minute, the same device can be bought at other place for around $100. When questioned why this potential cost not disclosed at the start of the process, they just said sorry we'll improve the process and I'm still gonna get charged the full fee. They have came to know of the 0 KW export limit for other installations around the area since January but didn't bother to let me know. So out of frustration with all the stuffing around, I decided to cancel the installation even though I know I will pay way more for another systems as the rebate has reduced (silly me! or not), however I am feeling good as Solargain will not get a cent from me as they are not looking after their customer.
Great until something goes wrong
Ordered a 10kw Enphase system off Hugo in Melbourne a few years ago.
He offered a great price and service and everything was installed as promised.
For the last 6 months or so inverters keep failing.
Solargain service has been less than perfect, slow to get people to respond to issues.
Questions & Answers
How to download the solar gain app
Hi Pat. We do not have our own app, but the inverters we supply often do. What brand of inverter do you have installed at your home? Kind regards, Solargain
Thats what children are for, remotes & Apps
I have just had a solar system installed and they put the wrong panels on my roof. They gave me 22 stp 300s suntech panels and we should have had 21 315 watt trina split cell panels. My question is should I get them to swap the panels to the correct panels or are the ones I have been given just as good and I leave them on the roof save messing about.
Hi Gary, was the system installed by Solargain or a different company? We don't stock the products you're referring to (Trina or Suntech). If you would like to discuss this over the phone, please call us on 1300 73 93 55 and ask for our Service Department.
Some years ago Solar Gain put us in 6 panels and later a new hot water system. We were impressed with the service but would like some advice/quotes on possibly upgrading the current system we have. We live in Maida Vale
Hi David, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We're so happy to hear that you're impressed with Solargain! We've sent you a message regarding the advice/quote. Kind regards, Solargain.
David, like you we installed six panels and a 1.2 kW inverter along with a solar hot water system with a gas booster. The solar panels was via solargain and after ten years our inverter failed. Our hot water tank started leaking so we had Solargain install 9 panels, a 2 kW inverter and an i store hot water system. So far we are very happy but it has only been installed for about five weeks. We are producing a lot more energy and lots of hot water.
Hi Golly, thank you for the advice. iStore is an exciting new & innovative product and we are sure that you will be very happy with it. We look forward to getting your feedback in the future. Kind regards, Solargain.
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