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Clean Energy Council Electricians – What To Look For!

Clean Energy Council Electricians

Clean energy council electricians are fully qualified and fully accredited with the Clean Energy Council and are capable of installing solar systems throughout Australia.

If you think its time to start working towards a more cost effective solution for your power. Solar Power could be the answer. However, finding the right solar company and the right installer for your solar panels can be quite a daunting task.

We have put together this buying guide to make the task a little bit easier for you.

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1. Make sure your electrician is approved by the Clean Energy Council

All Clean Energy Council Electricians must display their Accreditation numbers and give you copy’s of them if requested. If an Electrician does not hold a clean energy council accreditation number then they are not legally allowed to install Solar Photovoltaic Systems in Australia. If you still choose to go ahead and have your panels installed by an Electrician who does not hold a current CEC Accreditation license, your system may not be up to Australian Standards and should something go wrong with your system you may not be covered. You may also be ineligible for any current government benefits to installing solar power such as Feed-In-Tariff’s or Rebates. An approved Clean Energy Council Electrician is a registered Solar PV Installer for Australia and by choosing an installer who holds a current CEC Accredation license you are safeguarding yourself, your home and your safety. Sunshine Coast Electricians, Circuit Alert Electrical is an approved and accredited member of the Clean Energy Council. Our CEC Accreditation Licence #: A6765680


2. Old Principles still stick!

Searching for a solar installer can be quite exciting however, old principles should still apply to your investment just like any other. You need to know who you are dealing with before you jump the gun. Do reference checks on your chosen solar installers, check previous work they have done, be positive they hold a current Clean Energy Council Electrician accreditation license, read reviews on-line about the company and tread carefully. Go with your gut instinct, if its too good to be true it probably is, if it doesnt feel 100% right or you dont feel 100% comfortable, Dont Do It!


3. Tread carefully around sales people!

We all detest most used car salesman and for good reason. We all hate it when you walk in to buy a car and your pressured with lines like “I can do this but only if you sign today” or “I’ve got another couple coming at noon to pay their deposit, you’ll need to beat them to the punch if you want it” and the list goes on. These are all sleazy sales people trying to strong arm you into making rash decisions that you may not be ready or fully informed enough to make. Be very weary of this type of sales person as they are generally smooth talking “trustworthy” liars. Back to rule number 2. If you dont feel comfortable, Dont Do It. If you do sign on the dotted line there and then, be clear of your cooling off periods. The sales consultant does not need to be an accredited Clean Energy Council Electrician, so long as the company he is working for holds a license number.

Of course there are a lot of genuine sales consultants out their, you will be able to pick them. These are the ones that dont bother with the “Managers Call” and have your best interests at heart. Humans are generally pretty good judge of character so make sure you feel comfortable and go with your gut.


4. Home Assessments?

Technology has evolved so much. Thanks to tools such as Google Maps, Google Earth & NearMap there is no real need for an assessment of your home for solar panel installations, generally the sales consultant will turn up, laptop in hand and jump on the computer to look at your home on google earth anyway, something that they did not really need to come to your home for. Dont get me wrong, I think home assessments are a great way to meet with potential customers for nothing more than getting to know your customer. I always preferred meeting with customers at a cafe or park and just enjoy meeting someone new. Also, visiting customers homes is always good measure to just be sure of roof type, insulation type and switchboard conditions to better prepare the installer for the job, especially if the home is over 30 years old. Clean energy council electricians dont always head out to the install location prior to installation day to make sure everything is fine. If you do happen to get one out this is a bonus. Some solar power companies will use the Home Assessment purely as a way to strong arm you into signing on the dotted line, they come into your home with the whole intention to Sell, Sell, Sell. Be weary of this and go with your gut. You can allow yourself to feel more comfortable with a home assessment by making sure they hold a current accreditation license as a certified Clean Energy Council Electrician.


5. Dont ignore simple energy efficient solutions

These days, most people are aware that LED Lighting is much more energy efficient than any other lighting available. If you are running lots of large fluorescent tubes or halogen bulbs you know that this is very costly. Where you may be able to switch your expensive light fittings over to LED lighting for a few hundred dollars, a solar consultant may try to sell you a larger system then pointing this simple fact out to you. Which will cost you a lot more in the end. Circuit Alert Electrical will not only suggest that you swap over your Light Fittings, but we can do it for you and we may be able to work it into the cost of your system saving you even more money. Including the benefits of dealing with an accredited clean energy council electrician from start, to finnish.


6. The size of the inverter is not always the size of the system

Some dodgy companies may focus their marketing on a 3Kw inverter to make the system appear more powerful however, the fine print states you are only receiving 8 panels with your 3kw inverter. The system will only produce the amount of power that the panels can generate. 8 200w panels will only produce 1.6kw’s worth of power but they are trying to trick you into believing you are receiving a 3kw system for a cheaper price (not a full 3kw system). The larger inverter will not boost the efficiency or the amount of electricity generated compared to a smaller, more suitably sized inverter. A larger inverter can benefit you if you wish to add more panels to your roof in the future, if you do not wish to make any additions to your system then the larger inverter is really quite pointless. It is even more important to do your research on these companies if you are considering to purchase from there, including a search for an approved Clean Energy Council Electrician under their company name.

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7. Compare, EVERYTHING!

Compare companies, solar panels, inverters, cabling, mounting systems, everything. You need to do this as many companies offer packaged deals. While packaged deals can be a great way to save some cash. You must be sure of the components you are receiving in your packaged deal. Some companies will try to dazzle you with a top quality brand name of solar panel but skimp on the inverter, cabling and/or mounting system which could have a detrimental effect on your systems performance and possibly even your safety.

An optimal design of a solar pv system is not a simple task.
You must take everything into consideration such as;

  1. Panel Voltage Output
  2. Panel & Wiring Quality
  3. Switching Durability
  4. Inverter Quality
  5. Operating Temperature Ranges
  6. Mounting System Strength
  7. String Arrangements
  8. Weather Resistance
  9. Optimal Positioning

We make sure that all of our packaged solar systems are up to all applicable standards before it is released for sale to the public. Our Clean Energy Council Electrician accreditation means that we provide only the highest quality of service, installation and safety of our solar panel packages and installation.


8. What are the Extra Costs?

Be aware of any extra costs that may incur at installation time. Sometimes a low advertised cost may not just be low quality components. It’s not Okay for companies to “chuck on” extra costs at installation without giving you the information first. Sometimes the extra costs may be necessary if your home does not meet standard or you have to fix things up prior to installation. However, these issues and extra costs should be cleared up prior to the installers stepping on site.

Typical extra costs for a solar system which are not at all uncommon include;

  1. Tiled or Ceramic Roofs
  2. Long or Short Tilt Brackets (for flat roofs)
  3. Split Array’s (Panels on 2 different roof faces)
  4. Horizontal fixing of array
  5. Steep Roofs
  6. Cathedral Ceilings
  7. Travel Charges
  8. Switch Board Upgrades

Extra’s add up therefore you must be absolutely certain of the complete total cost prior to signing your purchase order. Make sure you fully understand the contract and all the terms and conditions before making any decisions.


9. Be aware of your warranty periods

There are many solar panel manufacturers that have been established around the world within the past few years. While their warranty periods may be the similar to that of more recognised brands they will most likely not hold the same amount of value as the more reputable brands as they could disappear overnight. Im not saying that a well established brand wont fall into bankruptcy however the chances of a larger more established corporation going bust is less likely. Solar PV Manufacturers disappear often and sometimes they re-emerge under another name and therefore do not need to assume responsibility for their previous products.


10. Choosing the right Solar Installer

There have been many up’s and down’s with solar rebates and feed-in-tariffs in the past few years. Even with those rebates and government incentives, you will still be outlaying a sizeable sum for your investment and your home will be modified. You should ensure you choose the right person for the installation job. It is critical that you choose a suitable, qualified and accredited Clean Energy Council Electrician or Company that holds a current Electrical Contractors License and Clean Energy Council License to carry out your installation. Sunshine Coast Electricians, Circuit Alert Electrical hold both a current Electrical Contractors License And Clean Energy Council Electrician License.

Circuit Alert Electrical
Electrical Contractors License #: 72568
Accredited Clean Energy Council Electrician License #: A6765680


Please follow the links below for more information;

Clean Energy Council Website

Solar PV Accreditation Website Australia

Approved Accreditated Solar PV Products for Australia


Download the CEC Solar Consumer Guide

So there you have it.
10 Tips and a How-To Guide on choosing the right Installer for your Solar System.

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