7 Aug 2014 1:54 PM
Posted by philippa495
We are debating whether to get solar panels installed but are wondering if the initial outlay is worth the saving. Do any of you lovely HH ladies have them?
My parents had solar panels installed in their house when they built it. The panels were free of maintenance problems until 20-30 years had elapsed. This was when we had to try to find spare parts that had become discontinued.
Although Mum was very frugal and counted her pennies, she said that the solar panels were a fantastic investment. I don't think you will recoup your investment for many years, so I probably would not install solar panels unless I was planning on living in a home for a long time.
We got Solar Panels nearly 2 years ago now and although it was a lot to actually pay out at the time, it has worked out well for us because we got them at 44cents per kw.
It will probably take us 5 years to get our money back though.
For you I think it may only be 8cents per kw and that's a long time before you get your $ back.
A lot of my friends have
Them, they seem happy. One in particular got in very early and had great rebates, haven't had an electricity bill since installing them, but those rebates are no lomger available.
My work just spent about $150000 + putting them in, but are saving thousands every month on the electricity bill. It will pay for itself in about 24-30 months.
Haven't had anyone tell me they wish they hadn't installed them as yet,
my neighbour has them and he said you can make your money, but you also need to maintain them, as he is in the business of going green on everything. He said that everyone forgets that they wont work properly unless they are cleaned regularly as bird droppings and dirt for fires etc can impact on the way they work. If they are dirty they wont give you enough energy to work as well as they are meant to. And as long as you have a great converter as well you will not get the best out of them. He wants to be as self sufficent as possible.
It probably does make sense to get them, theres lots of sun in QLD and the power bills are going up all the time! We intend staying in this house for years as we designed and built it ourselves and love it here so even if it takes a few years to recoup the initial outlay it will probably save us money.
If you are staying in the house for years then philippa, worth the trouble then. Make sure you look around and get some quotes.
I just got a flyer in the mail about some guy that comes around and cleans your solar panels. Amazing.
Around a year ago I had a man here for a quote and it was $40,000 to install solar panels for us! This seemed to me like the solar companies are trying to take advantage of the gov'ts rebate offers or something. Needless to say we didn't bother going ahead! (I mean, what if we moved or something? Not that we're thinking about moving but sometimes a move could occur as the future can be unpredictable.) I wasn't about to invest in solar panels if I wasn't 100% sure we were staying here for a very, very long time to get back the $40,000 worth of payment for the panels.
Ha! Then there's the maintenance as ellelily has pointed out.
woo thats an expensive quote softness!!! no wonder you didnt go ahead. My son-in-law can get us a system quite cheap as his friend works for a solar company, as for cleaning I will send hubby onto the roof haha!
That's what my hubby said........He said he can stand and put the hose onto them.
I suggest you look at the Green Energy Councils website.Read up on the information that is presented there.Do your homework.Know what questions to ask.Then choose 3 companies from their website that are in your area to give you quotes.After that you will have a better idea if it is really worth it.For me it was a great investment.No power bills.
My in laws have them and make a credit (at least a few dollars) every month, they use their heater a lot too (it is the 2 of them)
As Melodyjoy said, I've never met anyone who said I wish I never got them.
Do your research and get a couple of quotes to compare before going ahead.
I got them in 2009 as part of a bulk buy initiative run by my local council which made them more affordable. The feed-in-tariff was high then and guaranteed for 15 years at 60 cents - in Summer my bills are negligible, in Winter I buy a fair amount from the grid but nowhere near the cost it would have been. I never expected it to cover all my electricity needs and I think at the time it was about 5 years for the system to be paid for. In addition to some savings I feel good about doing this as part of other sustainable projects I have done on my property i.e. 2 watertanks for the gardens, vegetable garden, fruit trees, chickens etc., So shop around but don't discount the non dollar benefits of going solar.
Thanks everyone, it definitely seems the way to go!
I agree with mustangsally.. we did the same 60 cents back.. however we have paid it off already and get money back which is amazing. we do live energy conscious, no dryer, no pool or aircon and lights out when not using the room. These are choices that we made to help the environment.
When you're off grid and down south where the sun doesn't shine as brightly as Queensland, solar panels are a necessity. And so is a huge battery system. And a backup generator. For people in latitudes south of Sydney/Perth, say, do solar panels make a difference?