Checklist of things you should look for when choosing y

24 Apr 2018 20:57

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You’ve decided to take the step and switch to solar. Fantastic! You’ve decided on the system size and components you want (or not yet) and are now looking for a reliable Solar Company to achieve your project. There are many solar installers and retailers in the market, but not all companies are equivalent. Going solar is a long-term investment and it is important to choose a reliable company and avoid the dodgy ones.

To keep the troubles away, here is a checklist of things you should look for before choosing your solar company:


The first and the most important aspect is to ensure the company is accredited by the Australian Clean Energy Council. This aspect is even more important knowing you may not be eligible for the government incentives if you don’t deal with CEC approved companies.The CEC is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia and represents leading businesses operating in solar and other renewable energy systems. The Clean Energy Council ensures the quality, safety and reliability of Australia’s solar industry by maintaining the product and service standards. The CEC regulates the accreditations for solar installers, designers and retailers. Buying from a CEC Approved organisation assured that the company is committed to the industry best practices.

Solar Panel Quality

Make sure that the company you choose works with respected manufactures and top-quality panel and inverter brands. Prefer a solar company that supplies from the first tier. Tier 1 label offer high-quality standards that have proven to be better and more bankable than the rest of the market.


If the price is a very important aspect, it shouldn’t be your main deciding factor. Beware of extra cheap quotes. Make sure the quotations include every cost: installation, connection, service and maintenance. A reliable company will provide you with a transparent and comprehensive quotation, highlighting how much energy the system is expected to generate and the equivalent expected savings.


Warranty is a crucial aspect. Make sure all the components of your system carry a warranty.

The panels carry 2 warranties, the performance warranty and the product warranty. Panels performance warranty covers the natural degradation of the solar cells and should be 25 years. Panels product warranty is provided by the manufacturer and should be 10 years minimum. It covers you against manufacturing defects and problems.

Inverters warranty should be at least 5 years, preferably 10 years. If it isn’t, you can (and you should) extend the warranty to 10 years.

Read the warranty conditions and check if the warranty offers a “replacement” warranty. It is also important to know who cover your warranty and who will cover the cost of shipping back to the manufacturer in case of malfunction.

Experience and testimonials

Read about the company. Testimonials are an effective way to determine if a company has completed their promises and provide customers satisfaction.

Look up how many years the company has been on the market and their big projects. It is also an indicator of success and trustability.

Energis tick all these boxes. Founded in 2009, Energis has been in the market for 9 years, installing projects all around Victoria. Check our solar installations here and our testimonials here.

Energis is a CEC Approved Solar Retailer and prove its committed to the industry best practices, working with Tier 1 solar manufacturers with locally backed warranties at an affordable price.

Call Energis today on 1300 782 217, or send us an enquiry.

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