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Queensland Goverment Battery grant Circuit Alert Solar

Queensland Government Battery grant

Queensland Goverment Battery grant Circuit Alert Solar

Queensland Government Battery grant

A New Queensland government Solar Battery Grant has just been announced.

Everything you need to know about the new battery grant.

The grant is for solar home batteries and is worth up to $4000 towards the cost of a Solar battery. 

You can also claim a grant towards installing solar on your property, when combined these grants will be a game changer for those that use a lot of their energy at night. 

The Queensland government solar battery grant will be released next year and is expected to bring a surge of interest in Solar home batteries in Queensland. 

We are advising those that are interested in investigating if solar home batteries, may find it a good option for them to contact Circuit Alert Solar to discuss their options. 

We highly recommend talking to Circuit Alert Solar now before the rush, so you have plenty of time to consider all your options and not be rushed into making a decision that could end up being a costly mistake.

Deciding which battery and size to select can be complex, as batteries are not ‘a one size fits all’ solution.

Each solar inverter and battery system has compatibility issues that need to be considered and getting this right is very important. 

Circuit Alert Solar have been installing solar and batteries locally for over 13 years and are experts in this field.

We are approved installers for multiple brands of battery, which include German engineered Qcells, Australian Redback Industries, Australian Redearth Energy, German made Sonnen battery and German designed Solax power Battery. 

All these brands come with solid warranties and fantastic local Support, with proven performance history in Australia.

It is expected that the battery grant will be available to both new complete systems and retro fits to existing systems.

Our experienced consultants will be able to determine the best battery system for you and leave you with a recommendation and some quote options for you to consider without any pushy sales tactics, so you can make a decision in your own time, that you will feel comfortable with going forward. 

The main benefit to install a Solar battery is that you can store your excess solar energy and use that stored energy at night (this is called ‘on-grid mode’), instead of buying power from the grid,  this is particularly valuable to those that use the majority of their energy at night.

The other benefit is we can wire up some circuits in your home to the battery EPS (Emergency Power Supply) to retain power to those circuits in case of a blackout, giving you blackout protection while there is stored energy.  Circuit Alert Solar can explain this in more detail.

All of our battery systems have a black start function, so in the event of a prolonged blackout, the solar inverter will start back up and power the EPS circuit and charge the battery (off grid mode).


Here is a link to the Queensland government battery grant site:


If you would like to know more about installing a battery on your home and more details about the grant  please call : 54770610

send us a message. or visit us at 1/3 Packer rd Baringa, 4551

Should I check my solar system after a storm?

Checking your solar system after a storm

 Should I check my solar system after a storm? 

The answer is a resounding yes.  But why is it important to check the solar panel system? 

After a large storm it is common that the inverter will shut down to protect itself from damage and sometimes the Inverter will restart itself, but for various reasons this may not happen which will leave your Solar panels not working and not saving you money.

This happened to one of our clients over the weekend after a large storm shut his solar panel system down and we talked him through a restart on Sunday and his solar panel system was back up and working in flash if you excuse the pun.

So how do you check your solar panel system is working? 

This can be done by as simple as checking the inverter app on your phone.  Depending on the brand of Inverter, the app will show the current production, if this looks normal then at least you know the system is working.  Some solar inverter apps will also log error messages, it’s important the check these also.

If your Solar inverter hasn’t been setup with an App you can normally check the front of the inverter.

If the solar inverter has a screen, check if it is producing power.

If the solar inverter doesn’t have a screen, then check to see if there are any red lights on the front.  If there is a red light, there may be a problem with the inverter. 

Some inverters may have no lights on the front showing but may still not be working properly, so you would need to take a look at the the solar Inverter manual for that.  If you have lost the manual, you can normally download a new one online by searching the make and model of your solar Inverter. 

If you have found your inverter isn’t working you could try a restart of the solar inverter.

To do this, first shut off the AC breaker to the solar inverter, this is normally positioned in your meter box or suboard. Then turn off the DC feed from your solar panels, this is normally located either beside the Solar inverter marked DC isolators or if the inverter is newer, it can be a switch on the inverter marked as DC isolators.

Once you have turned the the solar inverter off leave for 5 minutes then turn the system back on in reverse order ie DC isolators first then AC breaker. 

It may take up to 3 minutes for the Solar Panel system to start up properly. 

It’s best to let the storm pass before you attempt a restart as the solar inverter will read the grid and not restart until the grid is stable.  It is also important to remember if there is no battery attached to your solar inverter it will not restart at night or during a power outage.

It is fine to attempt a restart up to 3 times but if unsuccessful it’s time to call a professional.

We always recommend that if you suspect there is a problem with your system, or you suspect it has been damaged, you contact the original installer. If they are no longer around or if they aren’t interested in helping you, then feel free to contact us at Circuit Alert Solar. We have a dedicated service team that can check your system thoroughly to ensure it is both safe and working efficiently.

If you would like Circuit Alert Solar to check your Solar Panel system out please call : 54770610


Choosing a Solar Installation Company is confusing

So you have been thinking of going solar or maybe adding a battery to your existing system but who do you use?

Well Circuit Alert Solar of course, well we know it’s just not that simple if you don’t know us.

So how do you choose a great installer?

1: First buy local, things can go wrong with solar and you will need the help of your installer if they do go wrong.

Buying a system online from an out of town company may seem cheaper but the truth is the end cost will always work out higher if things go wrong.

2: Research a good company, don’t spend all your time researching the solar equipment at the detriment of finding a great installation company. A great solar installation company won’t install cheap rubbish, their focus will be installing the right equipment for your needs at a fair price.

3: How do you compare sunshine coast solar panel installers?

A very good start is look up the company on Solar quotes Data base and look at their country ranking, anywhere better than in the top 25% is very good, Circuit Alert Solar is ranked in the top 5% in the country which is exceptional.…/circuit-alert-electrical-and-solar

Another good point of call is google reviews and Facebook.  (some of the other comparison sites are compromised as bad companies can buy good reviews)

Good luck on your solar journey.Solar Sunshine coast


How Long Do Solar Panels Last

How Long Do Solar Panels Last? Solar Panel Lifespan Explained

Thousands of Australians understand the significance and benefits of using clean-sourced energy – solar over fossil fuel-based electricity. Installing Australian made solar panels allows homeowners and commercial business owners to fulfil their energy needs, without harming the surrounding nature and saving maximum on electricity bills. In addition to obtaining free energy, homeowners can also leverage government rebate schemes to install solar panels at a relatively lower cost. 

Thus, such financial and environmental benefits make solar installation easier and more affordable for homeowners in Australia. Although using a solar PV panel is one of the best ways to save money and cater for your energy needs, the question remains – how long do solar panels last?

Most homeowners prefer understanding the return on investment of solar panels before installing them in their properties. Hence, it is obvious why most homeowners would want to know about the lifespan of solar panels.

In this article, we have highlighted some common questions related to solar panel lifespan to help you make a smart investment. However, before we get started with answering ‘how long do solar panels last in Australia’, let’s understand more about:

Solar Panel Degradation

One of the common misconceptions related to solar PV panels is that they can last for a lifetime, which is not entirely true. Even a tier-one quality solar panel – regardless of the size – will eventually degrade after a particular time. A few common reasons for solar panel degradation can be lack of maintenance, changing temperature, weather conditions, and exposure to external elements, such as rain, dust, or bird dropping. Extreme exposure to such external elements starts to affect the performance of your PV panel, resulting in reduced energy production.

Another reason for reduced panel performance could be microcracks. Microcracks are tiny fractures that usually develop in the solar panel’s silicon cells. As the microcracks advance, it fails to capture adequate sunlight and convert it into electricity. Thus, it affects the level of performance of energy generation by PV panels. The constant wear and tear with a lack of maintenance can also contribute to PV panel degradation.

Factors That Affect Solar Panel Lifespan in Australia

Apart from solar panel degradation, several factors may affect the life of solar panels. Here are four critical factors that may impact the performance of your PV panels.

1. External Environment

The lifespan of your solar panels also depends on the external environment. Sometimes a constant change in temperature and fluctuating weather conditions can impact the structure of solar panels, causing the panels to contract and expand. Such contraction and expansion affect the joints of the solar system, impacting the lifespan. Extreme weather conditions like heavy rainfall or storm, snowfall, humidity, the force of the wind, and other elements can corrode, deteriorate, and damage the PV panels significantly.

2. Solar Panel Quality

Apart from the external elements, the quality of your PV panels will also determine the lifespan. Several factors determine the quality of PV panels, including the brand, energy efficiency, warranty, and reliability. A cheap quality solar PV panel might offer you affordable installation but can prove to be expensive later. Such solar panels are made from cheap materials and have below-average construction which may eventually cost you thousands on repairs. We recommend our customers invest in premium, tier-one quality solar panels from trusted solar brands in the industry.

3. PV Panel Installation 

Another factor that determines the lifespan is an installation done. An incorrect installation by a novice solar installer can reduce the lifespan and cost you thousands on repairs. Choosing trusted solar experts can ensure correct and well-connected solar panel installation. Considering the assistance of reputed and experienced solar installers will provide you with completely reliable installation. In addition to reliability, trusting such experts for installation also ensure optimal performance and a longer lifespan of your PV panels.

4. PV Panels Maintenance

You don’t need to maintain your solar panel! – another common misconception related to the solar system. To ensure your solar panels generate maximum energy and perform optimally, you need to focus on timely maintenance. Optimal maintenance ensures a longer lifespan of PV panels. In addition to timely maintenance, homeowners should also consider regular inspection from solar experts to identify potential solar panels problems and solve them right on time.

How Long Do Solar Panels Last in Australia?

Solar panels can typically last between 25 to 30 years. After 25 years or more, solar panels will continue to generate power and fulfil your basic energy needs. However, they might eventually produce energy on a much lesser scale. Correct installation and timely maintenance may extend the lifespan of your solar panels beyond 30 years.

How to Make Your Solar Panels Last Longer?

Above we discussed the factors that affect the lifespan of solar panels. Now, let’s talk about ways to extend the lifespan. Generally, solar panel lifespan is dependent on performance and warranty. However, you can consider several practices to ensure your PV panels continue to remain efficient and optimal. Here are a few tips that will help you extend the lifespan of your solar system.

Clean Your Panels – Although this tip is a no-brainer, some homeowners contemplate how often they should clean their solar panels. The answer depends on the areas you live in. Always use a non-abrasive soap or cleaning sponge to clean your glass solar panel as it would ensure zero scratch on the surface. Keep checking the panels for dust accumulation and bird dropping every now and then.

Ensure No Shade – Shading can often affect the solar panel performance and quality of power generation. Therefore, ensure there are no shade issues at the time of installation. Even one-fourth shaded side can affect the energy output from PV panels.

Regular Inspection – A regular inspection can help you determine the possible issues in your solar panels. Check the racking, wiring, surface, and other areas of concern in PV panels. If you notice any issues with your PV panels, it is advisable to call an expert technician for a quick check.

In addition to all these factors, you should also monitor the day-to-day performance of your PV panels. You can always consider the assistance of a trained solar expert for regular inspection of Australian made solar panels.

If you require any assistance with solar installation or a quick inspection for your solar panel and battery, call us on 07 5477 0610 today!