Top 10 Reasons to Install Solar PowerHalcol Energy2017-10-23T23:51:17+00:00
Are you considering installing Solar Power?
Solar Power is changing the lives of millions of Australian homes, helping them to reduce energy costs, cut down on pollution and increase the value of their homes. Are you considering the concept of solar power, but are not totally convinced that it’s ideal for you?
However, first things first – an initial consultation with our specialist solar team will help you to understand how solar power works, and to decide which system is best suited to your requirements. Call us on (07) 5438 8133 for free advice and a no obligation quotation.
Should you still have unanswered queries, our Frequently Asked Questions will help you to decide to partner with Halcol Energy to install a Solar Power system for your home or business.
How can solar save me money? When your home is producing solar power, your energy consumption from your retailer is reduced and you’re also selling your excess power back to them. Solar energy will also future proof your home from any rising electricity costs.
What are the ideal conditions required for a solar system to operate? Of course Australia, with on average 216 days of sunshine per year, the prime weather conditions will produce more solar energy than other regions such as Europe. Here in Queensland, a roof facing north with a gradient of between 20-30 degrees is the ideal outlook. Lesser or greater pitch gradients will also generate good yields, as will solar panels facing either west or east, although returns maybe slightly less than those facing north. As long as you have daylight hours, you are able to generate green electricity.
Can I increase output and add batteries to my system? During our initial FREE consultation, we will determine if you may want to expand your system in the future. Circumstances do change, and we are always able to design and spec your original Solar Power System for future expansion. Adding batteries to your system requires specific components integrated into your current system but Halcol Energy can determine the best, suitable option.
What factors, such as shading, affect the panel performance? Yes, of course shading may significantly affect the output from your solar panels. Daily sunlight hours need to be taken into consideration, as do shading from static objects such as trees, flue vents and other structures. Considered and careful planning with a Halcol Energy consultant and design team will help with this. There are alternatives such as panel level optimisation, or micro inverters, that can increase overall green energy output.
What type of invertor do I need? An inverter performs several functions. Initially, it transforms the DC power from the solar panels into the 240 AC power for home consumption. In addition, it has an maximum power point tracker (MPPT) that controls the panel voltage to achieve maximum power output. Inverters may have 2 x MPPTs to allow even greater flexibility for your system design.
Tier One Panel – if you are considering solar energy as long term investment of 3 years or more, a tier one panel is the optimum choice. These manufacturers consolidate the top 2 percent of the panel market and have automated production facilities to reduce panel defects, have control over their entire supply chain and have been producing panels for more than 5 years.
Premium Panel – these panels deliver the best performance, producing slightly more kWh per kW from the day of installation. They perform better in extreme heat and lower light, and degrade less than other panels. Consider installing Premium Panels if you have no intention of moving home in the near future. Of course, as with any investment, it can take a while to see a monetary return on your asset, which is why we suggest that they’re more suitable for longer term installations.
What do we provide at installation? Halcol Energy provide everything you need to get you up and running. Solar (PV) Systems include the Solar PV Modules (Panels) for converting light into electricity, the required Panel Mounting Systems (Rails, Clamps, Feet, Splice Bars, Bolts and All), the Solar Inverter for processing the solar power from DC to AC electrical current to meet the electricity grid quality requirements, all the connecting Cables and Adaptors for delivering the electricity to you consumer Unit and the Generation Meter for recording how much electricity is being produced by your system. We even provide our own fully trained team of Clean Energy Council Accredited Installers to ensure your system is installed and performs the way it’s designed too.
How do I tell if I have installed a good quality panel? Solar panel providers and installers will of course all tell you than their panels are of a high quality. It’s important that you carry out research prior to installation, as low quality panels may be more prone to manufacturing defects, and degrade quicker. Of course any company can provide a 25 year guarantee, but it may only be as valid as the paper it’s printed on – carry out your research into the manufacturer of the panels too and ensure that they are a well-established company.
Halcol Energy was first established in 2010 and with many years of experience and customer recommendations, we are now reputed to be the largest solar installation company on the Sunshine Coast, servicing the entire South East of Queensland region. Halcol Energy have installed thousands of green energy systems and have an enviable reputation for the quality of our installs and follow up service.
What aftercare service do we provide? Halcol Energy after-sales follow ups and Solar Power System Support & Maintenance service is second to none. We are here to answer any questions you may have once your system is up and running and if you think you’ve got a problem with your system you’ll be able to report it to us via our Report a problem With Your System Form. We’ll also contact you every year to check and see how your systems performing and check whether you need to Book a Solar Power System Service.
Purchasing a Solar Power System is a long term investment and a major commitment for you. We need you to know that we’re committed to be by your side for the long term too.
Will my solar installation help the environment? Installing a Photovoltaic Solar System contributes hugely to reducing your carbon footprint and creating a sustainable future for all future generations of Australians. Even a 1kw Solar Power System prevents the release of 1.5 tonnes of carbon each year. Over a 25 year period, a typical 3 kW Solar System will offset the following:
Greenhouse gas – 180,000 lbs/ 80 tonnes
Smog – 600 lbs /270 kg
Trees – The equivalent of planting around 1.5 acres of trees
Kilometers in the average car – annually 19,000 km
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After looking at a number of Solar Energy Company's to purchase Solar Panels, we went with Halco Energy on the Sunshine Coast.
- Had a problem with installation, wrongly wired
- Having fault issues with Sungrow Inverter
- Customer service not the greatest
Just letting you know!!!
What fantastic value and service...have used Halco Energy several times now to purchase solar panels. Each time they have been prompt and helpful to fulfill my house & families requirements. Found the staff extremely easy to deal with. Thanks Andy, Sam and Alex appreciate everything you have done.
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.
The guys who installed our system did a great job .we had a difficult installation but nothing was to much trouble . Very neat job as well wouldn't go to anyone else! Happy to discuss our installation 10/10
Our daughter referred us to Halco. Tony looked after us & we found him to be very knowledgeable and honest about what we should expect. We were very impressed with the whole experience from beginning to end. Thank you again
Extremely professional company to deal with from the Sales rep to the installers to the lovely Lisa in the office. We checked their reviews, then did a comparison with 2 other quotes and chose Halcol as it was the best fit and the best quote for us. Install booked for 7.30 they arrived at 7.29 and were done by 1pm. Quick and efficient without any broken tiles which all 3 companies had advised can happen. They then explained the inverter in full detail and we couldn't be happier with the whole experience.
Del and Reg Nevins
I was always very enthusiastic about this mob (local business; I support that), but my experience with a warranty replacement and the telephone manners of one of Halcol's staff has left a bad taste in my mouth...... I don't wish to be spoken to like I am stupid. Five stars initially; down to three. Hopefully back to five if this issue gets sorted.
We have just had airconditioning installed by Halcol and are very happy with the service, the products installed and the efficiency of the workers. They were prompt, well mannered and explained the process clearly. It was a difficult job, owing to the design of the house and the extreme heat on the day but they did not complain and were very courteous. We also previously had solar panels installed by Halcol and have been very happy with them.