My husband decided that we were going to go solar with our new house purchase which was not unreasonable given the unbelievable power price surges in the last few years. As we live in one of the sunniest regions of Australia getting solar would be the equivalent to giving greedy power companies the third finger which was very appealing to me so I was keen to get a quote.
My husband took researching and gathering information to a whole new level in his quest to find the best system for the most competitive price and became quite knowledgeable on exactly what he was after. I just went with the flow, as I knew from past experience he would go for the biggest one he could get his hands on.
We had various companies and salespeople through, some my husband offered a beer to when they got through the front door and some he disliked on sight. The last quote came in with the biggest system, the best inverter, the best sun-tough solar panels, a wireless monitoring system and a wrangled deal with my husband to remove the old solar hot water system from our roof for free. It was a no brainer.
The installation day arrived and everything was running smoothly until they tried to remove the old hot water system from the roof and it bounced off its perch, to the ground below and went through the neighbour’s Colourbond fence. The only good thing about that was it went through the back fence and not the side or we would have all had a rather large pit bull to contend with as well as an irate neighbour.
To their credit, they finished the job on time, took a photo of the damage to the fence and got somebody out to fix the fence before the end of the week. It may have been hastened a little by my husband telling them they wouldn’t be paid until the fence was fixed, however.
We now have fully working solar after a few mishaps and miscommunications between the power company, the solar installer and the company who actually came to turn it on – but that is another story.
I can now happily monitor what our 7.19 Kw capacity can do and it’s marvellous. We are certainly not using as much electricity as we produce so a lot of our power goes back to the grid for a small bonus payment back to us as well as a reduction in cost of the actual electricity we use.
We get to stick it to the power companies – but only on a sunny day. The next step is power storage systems. After even more research my husband has decided to wait for that one for a few years so he can get the biggest and most innovative deal for his dollar, as usual.