I Want to Expand My Solar SystemHalcol Energy2016-06-08T10:41:07+00:00
Expanding Your Solar System
If you’re thinking of upgrading your Solar Power System you’ve come to the right place.
It’s important to get the right advice from outset to understand the Pro’s and Con’s of Solar Power System expansion. Luckily the trained Halcol Team are experts in expanding Solar Power Systems, we’re here to listen to your current situation, ask you all the right questions and after review talk you through the options available. Then if you decide if you’re still looking to expand your Solar Power System we can assist you make the right decision for your home.
Each model of Inverter can take a number of solar panels. So you may be able to expand your Solar Power System simply by adding more Solar Panels to your current system maximising your existing Inverters capacity. Once your Solar System Inverter has been fully loaded with its maximum number of Solar Panels, then another unit can be added to work in parallel with the existing Inverter to supersize your Solar Power System. Depending on your Solar Power Systems specifications there may be a number of ways that you can expand the system.
The good news is that Solar is getting cheaper every day, so the price you’ll pay for the extra kW’s expanding your system may be considerably less than you paid originally. The bad news is if your not careful that upgrading your Solar Power System may mean that you lose your current Queensland 44c FiT and be put on the standard 8c FiT. So it’s essential we find the right expansion solution for you.
In Queensland if you are currently on the 44c Feed In Tariff and you want to upgrade your Solar Power System then here’s what you need to know about your FiT:
If you upgrade your Inverter to a bigger one and add more Solar Panels you’ll lose your 44c FiT and be put on the 8c FiT
If your Inverter has a bigger capacity than your current Solar Panel array and you can add more Solar Panels you will keep your 44c FiT
If you want to add a second solar power system in addition to your existing one you will lose your 44c FiT and be put on the 8c FiT
If you want to replace your existing Solar Power System with an entirely new one then as long as the new system is no larger in kW size to your original system you will keep your 44c FiT
If you already on the 8c FiT and your still looking to expand you Solar Power System then you really have nothing to loose.
You can find QLD Government’s official Feed In Tariff information here.
This is by no means the end of your Solar Power System expansion journey and we’re here to ensure that you avoid the pitfalls. Assuming that you current system is performing roughly as expected and does not require fixing or cleaning then here’s our System Expansion Pitfalls Checklist for you:
Check you can keep your current Feed In Tariff when expanding your Solar Power System
Check your Solar Power System size expansion is acceptable to your electricity network operator
Check that your expansion plans will not mean your exporting too much power to the electricity grid for little $ per kWh
Check that your expansion plans are fully in accordance with the Clean Energy Council and industry standard guidelines
Check that the additional Solar Panels and hardware required for expansion is compatible with your current system and won’t void any existing warranties
Check that the financial outcomes and analysis projections are sound and explain the Payback Period and Rate of Return on Investment
We’ll run through this checklist and more with you and provide you with a full quotation answering all of these questions and telling you:
What rules and implications there are around your system upgrade and electricity network connection
What changes may have to be made to the current system setup to and equipment to comply with industry standard
Which additional Solar Panels and hardware will be used to expand your Solar Power System including warranty guarantees
What your homes electricity consumption and grid export rations will be and how they’ll impact your electricity rates
What the new projected energy performance figures and features of your expanded Solar Power System will be
How much the Solar System Expansion will cost and what the Payback Period and Rate of Return on Investment will be
With ever-rising electricity costs and your homes increasing power consumption then upgrading your Solar Power System can ultimately make a lot of sense. If you would like to talk to us and find out about your expansion options then please call (07) 5438 8133 and ask for the expansion team.
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We have just had installed our second Halcol Solar System to our second house we have just purchased and are very happy with it. The crew that installed it were very professional and friendly. The staff at Halcol were very help full and Tony (our Rep) was very easy to work with. He was very patient with me. The system that we fitted has wifi capability. It can be monitored with your mobile phone, tablet or computer. Halcol can also monitor your progress. I would highly recommend Halcol if you are in the market for a solar system. We checked out the opposition with all there cheaper deals but found the quality of the Halcol product and service rose above all the others. Pete Jones Minyama
I've known Halcol Energy for close on 6 years and have always found them to be professional.
Stability in business has proved to be difficult so it's comforting to know that Halcol has grown and is still growing.
I would recommend them to anyone who wants to install a quality system backed by a quality business.
Doug from Buderim.
Highly recommend using Halcol Energy, they were professional and so efficient. From the first telephone call to the finished installation, we had no problems and would definitely tell everyone to use them. And a local company too.
Have only had our 5kw/18 panel system up for less than a week so can't comment other than to say it's certainly working well and pumping out the energy. Still waiting for Energex to do their bit so we can start getting the credits but to be honest our main concern is using the power ourselves. Have found Halcol very friendly and efficient to deal with from the salesman, Tony, through to Tim & Alex who did the install. Happy to recommend them.
Halcol have been most accommodating as the solar was being put into a currently rented house that was also have the roof repainted. They fitted in with the painters and tenants. Really appreciated. The price was very competitive and the staff always pleasant.
I had a 5kw system installed by Halcol over 18months ago. I was really impressed by the salesman who was informative and answered all my many questions. Installation was prompt and efficient. Click Energy was recommended for power provider I thought I'd wait and see if all was as good as expected
My solar power has been even better than promised. I have not had a power bill since installation. I use the aircon daily in summer and heating nightly in winter.
I took me a few years to decide to get solar. I wanted to see who were the 'stayers' after the first rush! I'd recommend people do it NOW. Crazy not to. An under $5k outlay for no more power bills is well worth it
Initial purchase and installation tops, however we required panels removed and replaced to facilitate roof repairs and repainting two years later. Not good, won't go into details here, suffice to say disorganised, non-competitive in price and lacking adequate on-site safety and customer considerations. Had to complain and then still experienced what seemed to be a lack of coordination in service activities. Hoping no one else has to go through similar.
Halcol have installed new lights and a large and efficient solar power system. Throughout, all team members have been polite, punctual and professional. I recommend them wholeheartedly for any electrical work.