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How to get started with solar
Initially, it might feel like there’s a lot involved with buying a solar system. Learning what you need and what might suit your situation can feel a little challenging.
But we’re happy to guide you. With over a decade of experience in solar in the Northern Rivers, you’re in good hands if you choose to partner with us. We’ll get your system installed and your connection made.
To start, you may wish to read more with a free Guide To Installing Solar.
If you’d like us to make an onsite visit to your home, to discuss and design a tailored system, please call our team on 02 6622 0088.
What we offer
We can help you at any stage of your solar energy life cycle
On-site visit, design, quote and install
Book an appointment with our team, and we’ll make an onsite visit to discuss your energy needs. We understand that your energy usage, roof positioning and budget is uniquely yours, and in order to offer you the best solar system we need to meet with you at your property to discuss all these factors.
We have many previous customers returning to add panels and upgrade their system.
Many of the systems installed 5—10 years ago were typically 1.5 kW in size, which seems quite modest in comparison to new systems of 6-10kW. If you’d like to capture more energy and reduce your bills further by adding panels please give us a call.
Maximise power generation even when the sun is not shining
With a solar battery you can get the most value out of your current system — and it will maximise your solar investment. We have a number or batteries available, that will allow you to store energy generated during the day to use at night. If you produce more energy than your battery can store, the excess will be fed back into the grid.
Keep your system in peak condition
Our solar servicing and maintenance options will help keep your system in peak condition.
Regular cleaning and service will keep your system performing at it’s best, and will expand it’s lifespan. We offer cleaning service and health checks.
Frequently asked questions
What are feed-in tariffs?
If you produce more energy from your solar panels that you can use, this excess is sent back to the power grid. And you receive a credit on your energy bill from your energy supplier. This is a feed-in tariff.
How much credit you get on your electricity bill will depend on the amount you feed back, what plan you’re on, and what state you’re in. Australia does not have a national feed-in tariff rate. In NSW current tariff rates are between 7-11cents /kWh exported
If you want to compare electricity prices we recommend we recommend the Energy Made Easy website from the Australian Energy Regulator.
How long will it take to pay off?
Once your Nickel Energy solar panels and inverter are installed and connected, you should start to see your electricity bills go down. But you pay for the solar system package up front, so it will take a bit for the savings to pass the upfront cost. The good news is that this period can often be as little as 3–5 years (though this depends on a few things).
How much money can I save with solar?
Our customers are often surprised by the length of time it takes for their solar system to pay itself off. More often than not it’s shorter then they expected.
Finding out just how much you can save by using our Product Partner LG’s calculator — plug in just a few details and it will come up with an estimate.
How many panels do I need?
Most likely, you’ll need 6–12 solar panels, but this will be determined by a combination of factors. The number of solar panels you’ll need depends how much power you want to generate, as well as the suitability of your roof.
Firstly, you’ll also first need to determine if your roof is suitable — the direction your roof faces, and the material your roof is made from (the most suitable roofs are usually tin, concrete or terracotta tile).
We begin any partnership with Nickel by visiting your property to assess whether your roof is right for solar. It is important that we do an onsite visit in order to design a system that works for your senario. This is an obligation free consultation with one of our team.
Are there any current government rebates?
The Federal Government continues to offers Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) which effectively is a credit on the cost of your newly installed solar system.
STCs are issued with qualifying solar power systems and solar panels and can be redeemed for a dollar value that is deducted from the cost of the solar system. The value of an STC at any one time depends on market conditions.
When you purchase a solar power system from Nickel Energy, we have already discounted this value for you in your solar quote. That’s because we will manage the paperwork for registering and selling the STCs on the market on your behalf. We give you a point of sale discount based on your STCs.
On the day of installation, you assign the STCs over to us, then we complete the registration of these certificates with the Renewable Energy Regulator on your behalf and eventually recoup their value. You don’t have to wait for this to happen, we do. You get an immediate deduction in cost.
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