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5 tip for choosing the right residential solar provider

When it comes to choosing a residential solar provider, you have many factors to consider. Here are 5 tips for finding the best provider for your home.

1: Research the Solar Provider

When researching residential solar providers, it is important to compare different companies and their offerings. Factors such as installation costs, system warranties, and financing options should all be taken into consideration. Be sure to read customer reviews and contact the Better Business Bureau to ensure the company is reputable and trustworthy. Additionally, research your local solar incentives and rebates that may be available to help you save money on your solar installation. Doing your research up front can help ensure you get the most out of your residential solar investment.

Choose a CEC Approved Solar Retailer


When it comes to residential solar, it is important to choose a CEC approved solar retailer. The Clean Energy Council (CEC) is the national body for the Australian solar industry. The CEC sets the standards for solar systems and solar retailers, making sure they are safe, reliable, and compliant with relevant regulations. By choosing a CEC approved solar retailer, you can be sure you are getting a quality system and installation.

2: Ask Solar System Questions

Switching to solar energy has significant benefits for homeowners, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Homeowners can now take advantage of free resources and experts to ask questions and learn more about residential solar systems. These resources provide a great opportunity to get the answers needed to make an informed decision on whether or not to install a solar system at their home.

What type of roof is best suited for a residential solar system?

When deciding to install a residential solar system, it is important to consider the type of roof that is best suited for the system. Flat roofs provide an ideal surface for solar panels as they allow for easy installation, but if you have a pitched roof, it’s still possible to install solar panels, although it may take more effort and cost significantly more. Tile roofs are also compatible with solar, but they require extra measures to ensure that the panels are mounted securely and safely. Ultimately, any type of roof can be used for a residential solar system, but certain considerations should be taken into account before installation.

What is the approximate cost of installation for a residential solar system?

The cost of installing a residential solar system varies greatly depending on the size of the system and other factors. Generally speaking, the average cost of installation for a residential solar system is between $4,000 and $20,000. However, several tax credits and other incentives are available to make the purchase of a residential solar system more affordable, so homeowners should take advantage of these when possible.

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How much energy can I expect to generate with a residential solar system?

Residential solar systems are a great way to reduce your electricity bill and your carbon footprint. The amount of energy generated by a residential solar system depends on a variety of factors, such as the size of the system, the location, and the amount of sunlight available. Generally, a typical 6.6kw residential system can generate between 20 to 45 kilowatts of electricity per day. However, this amount may vary depending on the season and the amount of sunshine available in your area. Additionally, many utility companies offer incentives for homeowners who install residential solar systems, which can help to offset the cost of installation.

What types of incentives are available to help finance a residential solar system?

The Australian Federal Government offers a number of incentives to help homeowners finance the installation of a residential solar system. These include the Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs), which provide discounts on the cost of installation. Additionally, many states offer solar rebate programs, which provide cash incentives for households installing solar systems. 

Solar Financing: 

Homeowners can also take advantage of solar financing options, such as solar loans and solar leases, to help cover the cost of installation. Solar loans typically have lower interest rates than traditional financing options, and the monthly payments are often lower than an average electricity bill. Solar leases are another option for financing a residential solar system, and they allow homeowners to rent the system for a fixed amount each month. 

Utility Company Incentives: 

In addition to the incentives offered by the government, many utility companies also offer incentives for households that install residential solar systems. These incentives can include discounts on energy bills, free energy audits, and other incentives. Homeowners should contact their local utility company to learn more about the available incentives.

How long does it take to install a residential solar system?

The installation process of a residential solar system can vary depending on the size and scope of the project, but generally it can take anywhere between one to four days. Many factors can influence the length of time it takes to install a residential solar system including the number of solar panels to be installed, the complexity of the roof and the availability of installers. It is important to consider all these factors when planning for a residential solar installation to ensure that the project is completed in a timely manner.

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Are there any maintenance requirements for a residential solar system?

Homeowners must maintain their solar system to ensure optimal performance. This includes cleaning the solar panels regularly to remove debris and keep the panels free of dirt, dust and other particles that can reduce the efficiency of the system. In addition, homeowners should also have their solar systems checked periodically to identify any potential issues before they cause damage or reduce performance. By properly maintaining their residential solar system, homeowners can enjoy long-term performance and savings.

What warranties are available for residential solar systems?

When investing in residential solar systems, it is important to consider the type of warranty that the product will come with. Most residential solar system companies offer warranties on their products and services, typically ranging from 10 to 25 years depending on the product. The warranties generally cover any defects in material or workmanship and may also include coverage for installation, labor, and other components of the system. It is important to research the specific warranty terms and conditions before purchasing a residential solar system in order to ensure protection against any unforeseen problems.

3: compare Prices and Services

Comparing prices and services of residential solar providers is an important step in selecting the best option for homeowners. By researching different companies and their offerings, savvy homeowners can save on installation costs and ensure they are getting the best service for their money. It is important to compare experiences from other customers, as well as the types of warranties offered by each provider. Additionally, considering the cost of installation, maintenance, and energy savings over time can help homeowners make an informed decision about their solar energy needs.

4: Get an Obligation-Free Quote

Make the switch to residential solar energy today and get a free, no-obligation quote from a trusted provider. Residential solar energy offers a cleaner, more sustainable way to generate electricity and the cost of installation has become increasingly more affordable. With today’s technology, you can take advantage of zero-down financing options and receive a return on your investment in as little as three to five years. Get your free quote today and start taking control of your energy bills.

5: Receive Ongoing Support and Maintenance from Your Provider

For those considering residential solar, ongoing support and maintenance from their provider is essential to maximizing the potential of their solar energy system. Solar providers should offer comprehensive support and maintenance plans that include regular inspections and maintenance services that keep the system running smoothly and efficiently. Additionally, they should also provide resources such as monitoring systems and educational materials to help homeowners fully understand the performance of their system. By taking advantage of these resources and services, homeowners can ensure their solar energy system continues to run optimally for years to come.


Choosing the right residential solar provider can be difficult. But with these 5 tips, you’ll be able to find the perfect provider for your needs. By following these tips, you’ll be able to save money on your solar installation, receive ongoing support and maintenance, and maximize the performance of your residential solar system.

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  • How does solar work?

    When the sun is shining, solar panels convert sunlight into DC (direct current) electricity. The solar inverter converts this electricity into AC (alternating current) power for use in your home. Your home appliances (fridge, dishwasher, pool pumps etc.) use this power instead of drawing power from the electricity grid.

    Any excess electricity generated by solar panels but not used by appliances is sent back (exported) to the electricity grid or used to charge a solar battery. Electricity Retailers pay a feed-in tariff for any electricity sent back to the grid.

    Solar generation, consumption and export is tracked and recorded through a smart meter, providing the data for electricity billing.

    Solar systems are most effective when they are well positioned (north-facing is optimal, but not essential) and exposed to enough sunlight without obstruction by shade caused from trees, power lines or other structures.

  • What size solar system is appropriate for my home?

    The appropriate size of a solar system for your home depends on various factors, including your household’s energy consumption, roof size, and the amount of sunlight your home receives. DE Energy Solar’s team can evaluate your energy usage and recommend a system size that is tailored to your specific needs.

  • What is the cost of installing a solar system with DE Energy Solar?

    The cost of installing a solar system with DE Energy Solar varies depending on the size and type of system, as well as other factors such as your location and electrical setup. Our team will provide you with a quote tailored to your specific needs and budget.

    Get a FREE Quote.

  • Do I qualify for solar rebate in QLD?

    If you are the homeowner.

    Any purchase of solar panel system will qualify for the rebate so long as the solar modules and solar inverter approval by the Clean Energy Council and; a CEC accredited installer performs the installation.

  • Does DE Energy Solar offer any government incentives or rebates?

    Yes, we can help you navigate government incentives and rebates that may be available for solar system installations. We will work with you to maximize your savings and ensure you take advantage of any available incentives.

  • What is Solar Feed-In Tariffs (FIT)?

    A feed-in tariff is the rate you are paid for any electricity generated by your rooftop solar system that is fed back into the grid.

    Feed-in tariffs are generally available for residential systems and do not necessarily extend to commercial customers. However, in most cases, commercial customers should be able to negotiate a rate with their electricity retailer.

    Almost all feed-in tariffs offered now are ‘net’ feed-in tariffs. This means that the electricity produced by your solar panels will be used in your home first, and you will only be paid for excess electricity that is exported to the grid.

    Feed-in tariffs differ from state to state and from retailer to retailer. In some states the government regulates a minimum rate, and in other states it is up to you to negotiate a deal with your electricity retailer.

    There is no government-regulated minimum retailer payment in New South Wales or southeast Queensland. It is worth shopping around to find out which electricity retailers offer the best rates for solar customers.

  • What if something goes wrong?

    If you have an issue with any solar product while it is under warranty, you should first contact your solar retailer to have the product replaced or repaired. If you are unable to contact your retailer, contact the manufacturer. Contact details should be provided on the warranty documentation.

    If you are not happy with the response you receive from your solar retailer, you can lodge a complaint with the relevant Fair Trading or Consumer Affairs in your state or territory. They can negotiate on your behalf and arrange mediation where necessary.

  • What should I do if the company I bought my solar system from has gone out of business?

    If your solar retailer has become insolvent and you are unable to contact the manufacturer, you can lodge a complaint with the solar retailer’s administrators. You can send out if a company has become insolvent via the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) website or by phoning 1300 300 630.

    Your local Fair Trading or Consumer Affairs may also have information about the appointment of external administrators for insolvent companies. Likewise, if the manufacturer has
    gone into administration, you can lodge a complaint with the company’s administrators. As a consumer, you may become an unsecured creditor. If the external administrator fails to deal with your queries or complaints, you can also lodge a complaint with ASIC on 1300 300 630.

  • How much solar panels cost me and am I REALLY saving Money by going solar?


    The cost of installing a solar system can vary widely and is affected by a range of factors from where you live, the retailer or installer you choose, the warranties available, and the technology and size of your system.

    The major factors which will affect the price of a solar system are:

    1. Government rebates and incentives
    2. Contractor installation costs
    3. Type and number of panels
    4. Type and size of inverter
    5. Type of framing equipment and other system components
    6. Height and accessibility of roof and whether it is tiled or metal or concrete
    7. Any after sales service agreements

    Keeping the above variables in mind, these tables provide an approximate guide on the price range for solar systems in Australia’s major capital cities. Government rebates are included in these figures. Please note that the market costs change quickly so these numbers are illustrative only.

    Estimated prices for residential solar systems

    (Out of Pocket)
    2 kW $2,800 – $5,600
    3 kW $2,900 – $6,950
    4 kW $3,400 – $7,900
    5 kW $3,500 – $9,500
    10 kW $7,600 – $14,100



    There are numerous factors that affect your suitability for solar and the period it will take for your system to pay for itself.

    The amount of money your household will save on power bills by going solar is affected by several factors, including:

    Your energy consumption and the size of your solar power system – if you use more power than your system can produce, your savings will be reduced. It’s important to choose the correct system for your needs.

    Your feed-in tariff – this is the amount your electricity retailer pays you for any excess power your solar panels generate.

    Your usage patterns – solar panels can only generate electricity while the sun is shining. This means that households that use a lot of power during the day may attract greater savings than those that consume most of their power at night. However, you will still receive a feed-in tariff for any excess electricity you generate during the day.

    Where you live – some areas of Australia receive a lot more sunlight than others, so a solar system in Brisbane will usually generate more power than one in Hobart.

  • How do I choose a solar retailer?

    When choosing a solar or storage retailer and/or installer, it pays to do a little research. The Clean Energy Council recommends choosing an Approved Solar Retailer who has signed on to the Solar Retailer Code of Conduct and only uses designers and installers who are accredited by the Clean Energy Council.

  • What is an Approved Solar Retailer?

    The Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer program is a way for businesses that sell solar and storage to show their commitment to responsible sales and marketing activities and industry best practice.

    Authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the program aims to lift the bar higher than the minimum requirements set by government and regulations, and bring about a better standard of service within the solar and storage industry.

    Approved Solar Retailers have committed to complying with the program’s Code of Conduct. If an Approved Solar Retailer fails to comply with the requirements of the Code, the Clean Energy Council may take action against them.

  • What is Clean Energy Council (CEC)?

    The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia.

    We are a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation. We represent and work with Australia’s leading renewable energy and energy storage businesses, as well as rooftop solar installers, to further the development of clean energy in Australia.

  • How long does the installation process take with DE Energy Solar?

    The installation process with DE Energy Solar typically takes between one to three days, depending on the size and complexity of the system. Our team will work with you to schedule the installation at a time that is convenient for you.

  • What kind of maintenance is required for a solar system?

    A solar system installed by DE Energy Solar requires minimal maintenance, but it is important to keep the panels clean and free from debris to ensure optimal performance. Our team will provide you with maintenance tips and advice to keep your system running smoothly.

  • Can I sell excess energy back to the grid with a solar system?

    Yes, DE Energy Solar’s solar systems are designed to be grid-tied, which means you can sell any excess energy back to the grid through your utility provider’s net metering program.

  • Are there any restrictions on installing a solar system?

    There may be some restrictions on installing a solar system in certain areas, particularly if you live in a heritage-listed or protected area. Our team will help you navigate any relevant regulations and guidelines to ensure your installation complies with all necessary requirements.

  • How can I schedule a consultation with DE Energy Solar to discuss solar system installation?

    You can schedule a consultation with DE Energy Solar by calling our team at 1800 931 668 or by filling out the FREE quote form on our website. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a customized quote for your solar system installation.

  • How long does a solar system last?

    Solar panels typically come with a warranty of 25 years or more, and can last up to 30 years or longer with proper maintenance. Inverter systems typically have a shorter lifespan of 10-15 years, but can be easily replaced when necessary.

  • Will a solar system work during a power outage?

    In most cases, a solar system will not work during a power outage. However, DE Energy Solar can install battery backup systems that allow you to continue using your solar-generated energy during a blackout.

  • Can I finance the cost of a solar system installation with DE Energy Solar?

    Yes, DE Energy Solar offers financing options to help you spread out the cost of your solar system installation over time. Our team can work with you to find a financing plan that meets your needs and budget.

  • Will a solar system increase the value of my home?

    Studies have shown that homes with solar systems installed have a higher resale value than those without. Additionally, a solar system can help reduce your home’s energy bills, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

  • Do I need a north-facing roof to install a solar system?

    While a north-facing roof is generally considered to be the most optimal for solar panel installations in Australia, other orientations can still be effective. DE Energy Solar can evaluate your roof’s orientation and recommend the best solution for your specific location and energy needs.

  • Can I still use electricity from the grid with a solar system?

    Yes, a solar system is designed to work in conjunction with the grid. You will still have access to electricity from the grid when necessary, such as during periods of low sunlight or high energy demand.

  • How does DE Energy Solar ensure the quality of its solar systems and installations?

    DE Energy Solar sources its solar systems from reputable manufacturers (Tier 1 Solar Panels) and follows industry best practices for installation and quality assurance (CEC Approved Solar Retailer). Our team is committed to providing high-quality solar solutions that meet our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations.

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These standards have been designed by peak consumer and industry bodies to help raise consumer protection across the solar, battery storage and new energy tech industry.

As Approved Sellers, DE Energy is committed to:

  • Providing you with clear, accurate and relevant information to help you make informed choices
  • Encouraging you to be aware of your rights under the law and the New Energy Tech Consumer Code (NETCC)
  • Ensuring that our sales practices are responsible
  • Ensuring that products, systems, services and documentation provided under the NETCC are suitable and fit for purpose
  • Supporting staff training and work processes that ensure that we comply with the law and the NETCC
  • Ensuring that we will be responsive to your needs and taking prompt, appropriate action if you make a complaint.