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A lot of people are looking at Solar panels, any good experiences the forum wants to share? Any reputable installers vs never do business with 'these' guys?
https://365solar.com.au
These are the people that did my daughters, they are based in Epping (northern suburbs).
2017 - 16th
2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream? 11th is better than last I suppose
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot
2022 - Real Deal or more of the same?
2023 - "Raise the Standard" - M. Voss

Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread

Reply #436
Most companies selling SolarPV use subbies, so you can get good or bad results from the same supplier unrelated to the panel quality.

Not sure about the panels at the moment, supply is an issue and it seems quality is highly variable. Most of the panels come through just 2 or 3 wholesalers, nearly all of them out of China, even the ones that claim they aren't Chinese usually means they aren't Chinese owned but the panels are still usually Made in China.

Part of the trick therefore is to find a good installer, it makes the difference.
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Reply #437
Okay, thanks for the replies, maybe those that know list your top two or three? Let's see if a trend emerges.

I suspect LP may be onto something with sub-contractors. There is however the issues of warranty and whether the company will be in business 10 years from now etc.

Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread

Reply #438
Most companies selling SolarPV use subbies, so you can get good or bad results from the same supplier unrelated to the panel quality.

Not sure about the panels at the moment, supply is an issue and it seems quality is highly variable. Most of the panels come through just 2 or 3 wholesalers, nearly all of them out of China, even the ones that claim they aren't Chinese usually means they aren't Chinese owned but the panels are still usually Made in China.

Part of the trick therefore is to find a good installer, it makes the difference.
Preferred the LG(now defunct) and USA made panels, the Chinese ones are rubbish like everything else they make but because they are cheaper they get traction in Australia and sold in package deals.

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Reply #439
A lot of people are looking at Solar panels, any good experiences the forum wants to share? Any reputable installers vs never do business with 'these' guys?
We got them before it was trendy....10+ years ago now.

At the time it was a good investment and i worked out that it was going to pay itself off in 7-8 years.
Then the feed in tarrifs went off a cliff and the efficiency of the system dropped. I never worked it out, but it was going to take more than double the time to pay it off. They only have a life cycle of 25 years before they are junk....and thats if they don't stop working sooner. Good luck finding the company that supplied/installed them as they are about stable as crypto. I don't think the feed-in rates have increased but i know power price has increased and not sure how that affects things.

We've recently moved into a new house and will be selling that one shortly. Not sure how much the weight of the panels are to blame, but the ceiling in the main living room under the panels have started pushing the plaster down and creating humps which may or may not have happened otherwise, but needs to be fixed.

Now we have a new place, with a stronger roof structure and no panels......and we have no interest in getting them again unless something dramatic changes. Financially, its not worth it.

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Our place had solar panels when we bought it.  The previous owner was a sparky and that means that we inherited a mix of state of the art electrics and incomplete wiring 🙄

We have a local company that specialises in energy efficient electrical applications as well as your bog standard electrician’s jobs.  Their work is highly regarded in our community and I think that’s the key to finding a competent, reliable solar panel installer.

“Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?”  Oddball