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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a solar power system?A Solar power system is made up of solar panels mounted on the roof or installed on purpose built frames or poles which are connected via cables to an inverter. The suns UV rays hit the solar panels which produce DC power. The DC power is fed into the inverter which changes the power from DC into AC power that can be used by your household appliances. Any excess power is fed back into the power grid giving you a credit on your power bill.

Q: What are solar panels?Solar panels are photovoltaic cells which are manufactured from thin wafers of silicon and joined together to form a solar panel.

Q: What is an inverter?An inverter is an electronic device that converts the DC electricity produced by the solar panels into AC power that can be used by your household appliances or fed back into the power grid.

Q: Will my solar power system require batteries?There are two types of solar systems. The first is a grid connected solar system which is the most popular system. This system is connected to the power grid with power that is produced is either used in your home with any excess power fed back into the grid adding credit to your bill. This system does not require batteries.

The second type of solar system is a stand alone or off grid system. A stand alone system is not connected to the power grid. The power generated is stored in batteries and is used by the buildings electrical appliances as required.

Q: Why should I get solar power? Australia is one of the highest producers of green house gases in the world yet we are one of the slowest in the acceptance and installation of renewable energy technologies. With an abundance of sun in Australia it makes sense to go solar. Solar power is clean, silent energy production which reduces green house gas emissions. Once installed solar power is relatively maintenance free and most systems are designed to last in excess of 25 years. Solar is a sound investment which adds value to your property and reduces your electricity bills as well as protecting you against the rising electricity costs.

Q: How long will it take to install my solar? It depends on the site and the size of your solar system. A typical 2 – 3kw system can be installed in 1 day.

Q: How do I know if I can mount solar panels on my roof? GES offer obligation free site inspections and quotations. Call us and we will arrange for an inspection of your property. The basic requirements are a north facing roof with minimal shading with a pitch angle of between 10 and 45 degrees. Solar power systems can be easily adapted to fit on most roof types.

Q: What happens if it hails?Solar panels are designed and manufactured to be located in hostile environments for long periods of time. They are tested for extreme weather like hail and are made from quality hardened materials to withstand such conditions. GES recommend our customers add thier solar power system onto thoer home insurance. If extreme weather damages thier home or system it will be covered by thier insurance company.

Q: What is a Net Meter?A Net meter is a meter that is provided by your electricity supply authority or retailer. This meter allows you to consume power from the grid as well as feed any excess solar power that is not used or consumed in your home back into the power grid adding credit to your account. These meters are sometimes called BiDirectional meters

Q: What is a Gross Meter? A gross meter is a meter that is provided by your electricity supply authority or retailer. This meter measures all of the power produced by your solar power system and feeds all of this power back into the power grid adding credit to your account. Any power consumed from the grid is metered by another separate consumption meter.

Q: How long is the warranty period? The solar panels have a manufacturer’s output warranty of 25 years. The SMA German inverters we use have a standard 5 year manufacturer’s warranty that can be extended up to 20 years.POA

Q: What happens to my solar system if I go away on holidays? If you go away on holidays your solar power system continues to generate electricity. The electricity that is generated is fed into your switchboard and consumed by your electrical appliances and equipment and any excess power that is not consumed in your home is fed back into the power grid adding credit to your electricity bill.

Q: How much money can I save? It depends on the size of your solar power system. An average size solar power system will save you thousands of dollars off your future electricity bills over the life of the system. Larger systems will produce much more power therefore the savings are much higher. If you factor in the skyrocketing prices of electricity predicted for the coming years the savings over the life span of the system can be very substantial.

Q: What size systems are available?System sizes can vary from 1kw to as large as your budget will allow. The NSW feed in tariff has a maximum size limit of 10kW.

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