Clean Energy Council develops Buying Solar guide

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The Clean Energy Council has produced an all-new Buying Solar guide to help consumers feel confident when purchasing solar panels for their home. The right solar system is an investment, adding value to a property while also driving down the household’s energy costs.  

The guide takes homeowners through purchasing a rooftop solar system step-by-step – from researching the size of a system and individual energy needs through to installation and ongoing maintenance. It provides straightforward advice to help consumers answer common questions such as how to make your roof best work for you, what to do if grid connection is delayed, and why it is important to discuss feed-in-tariffs with energy retailers before the system is installed.

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In 2020, a record 378,451 solar systems were installed across Australian roofs, with COVID-19 restrictions keeping us at home and more people looking for ways to keep energy bills down.

“The Clean Energy Council’s Buying Solar guide is an essential resource and has been updated to reflect the thousands of conversations our team has had with consumers, providing answers to the most common questions,” Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton said.

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for solar. Every property is different, and the installation requirements can vary significantly depending on the building.

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“Making the switch to solar can be a huge decision for homeowners, but it needn’t be a confusing one – we wanted to make things easier. Choosing solar is an investment, and most solar systems will pay for themselves within five years. 

“Once you’ve decided to switch to solar, a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer will be able to help design a system that will ensure you get a return on your investment and you can be confident you’re working with someone committed to the best standard of service within the solar industry.”

The Clean Energy Council’s Buying Solar guide is available for free on the Clean Energy Council’s website.