Frequently Asked Questions
How many years’ experience do you have?
We have almost 7 years experience in the industry.
How many solar systems have you installed?
Over 8,000 systems installed to-date
Have you installed systems in my area before?
We have installed solar systems all over Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT and Tasmania.
How long does installation take?
A 5.0kw system should take less than a day, but for any larger systems, it may take longer.
What is a grid connect solar power system?
Grid connect systems , often located in built up areas, supply solar electricity through an inverter directly to the household and to the electricity grid if the system is providing more energy than the house needs. When power is supplied to the mains grid, the home owner usually receives a credit or a payment for that electricity. This is called a feed in tariff .
Does roof orientation really matter?
Most certainly. For example, a system with Gold Coast solar panels facing in a southerly direction will generate far less than one with a northerly aspect. However, east/west installations can be a good option depending on the installation scenario.
If my energy requirements increase, can I upgrade the system?
Yes. Additional solar panels can be added at any time to increase generating capability but you might have to upgrade to a larger inverter. Alternatively you could purchase a larger inverter when installing the system initially and then plan to add some extra solar panels later.
Where do you place the inverter?
Usually the inverter is placed alongside the fuse box. The inverter is silent and has a display to show the electricity generated and other data options such as total electricity generated since installation, are available.
What is the difference between solar power and solar hot water?
Solar panels take light from the sun and make electricity. Solar hot water systems take heat from the sun and heat water. It is easy to remember:
- Heat from the sun heats the water.
- Light from the sun turns on the lights.
Steps to installing solar
- Consultation and assessment
The first step is for us to take a look at your home. We can then assess which solar power system is best suited to your home, and if it can be fitted to the sunniest side of your house. We can do this either on-site or by viewing your property through satellite images online.
Once you’ve signed the Purchase Agreement, First Choice Solar will complete your paperwork to ensure your grid connection is approved.
- System installation
This is the day when your physical system will be installed. Depending on your system’s size and location, it shouldn’t take more than a day.
- Grid connection
An independent assessor from your electricity distributor will check the system to allow it to be activated and interact with the grid.
- Active solar
You are now connected and enjoying solar power thanks to your smart energy choice.