There's plenty to get your head around when buying solar. Here's some additional information to consider and help you through the purchase decision.
Your solar retailer will usually arrange the connection of your solar system to the network on your behalf, including preparing and submitting all relevant documentation required from the electricity retailer and/or distributor for meter installation and connection to the network. Most distribution companies require pre-approval to connect to their network. This should be done prior to installation as the approval process can take some time.
Your existing electricity meter will either need to be reconfigured or replaced with a new import/export meter before you can connect to the grid. This may need to occur before or after installation, depending on the requirements in your state.
Your solar retailer will need to notify either your distributor or electricity retailer to organise a meter change/reconfiguration. You will be charged for any costs associated with the meter change. This can be charged to you by your solar retailer or billed to you through your electricity retailer. Make sure you are aware of these costs and how they will be charged.
Like all electrical equipment, your solar system should be maintained with some frequency to ensure continued performance, operation and safety. Additionally, dust, bird droppings and other debris can build up over time and decrease the performance of your panels. Find out more on our maintenance and warranties page.
Find out more about solar system operation and inspection after natural disasters or emergencies.
For more independent advice or information on buying solar, we recommend the following organisations:
The Clean Energy Council offers free guides on buying solar and storage. Available for both households and businesses, our guides cover the important information you need to know when purchasing rooftop solar or storage.