Frequently Asked Questions
When was First Choice Solar established?
First Choice Solar has been servicing South East QLD and Northern NSW since 2010.
Does First Choice Solar use sub contactors to install systems?
No, First Choice Solar use their own full time, fully qualified & CEC accredited installers to carry out all work.
Who will conduct initial consultations and site appraisal?
All Consultations and site appraisals are carried out by qualified electricians and CEC accredited designers.
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?
Solar panels will produce power facing any direction, however the efficiency will vary depending on orientation of the panels to the sun. All our sales staff are CEC accredited designers and will provide a custom design solution to suit your specific needs.
Where do you place the inverter?
We recommend having the inverter out of direct sunlight and in a well ventilated area where possible, and will always do all we can to meet customers requests
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.