Path to solar

Overview

Installing rooftop solar panels is one of cheapest and most effective ways most of us can tackle climate change, and it saves us money at the same time.

Our surveys of roofs in Bouddi shows that adding solar panels to two-thirds of all houses here is a viable option, while only 18% are too shaded.

Did you know that if we took advantage of this solar opportunity we would generate about the same amount of green elecricity each year as the entire Bouddi community uses, but at a fraction of the cost?

It would be the same as building a 6MW solar power station but avoiding the need to use up 10 hectares of land.

To help Bouddi residents to reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions, we have put together the following resources to help you install a new or expanded solar system.

Local installers

The following lists some of the service providers located on the Central Coast, together with some of their relevant details*.

We have chosen to list only local service providers at this time, but there are many others with regional coverage that will service our area. Additional information on local and other providers can be found here

You can also find customer reviews of each provider on this site.

We recommend that you discuss your requirements with several service providers and obtain at least 3 quotations before proceeding.

Supplier Name Location Services EB Code Of Conduct Years In Business Action
Solar Panels Inverters EV Chargers Batteries
MJJ Solar And Electrics Morisset 12 Learn More
SEA Solutions Australia Berkeley Vale 17 Learn More
Tru Blu Solar Co West Gosford 4 Learn More
Zeneco Energy Wyong 6 Learn More

If you are supplier or customer and believe that any information on this page is inaccurate, we would welcome you letting us know.

* While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents on this page are factually correct, Electrify Bouddi gives no warranty regarding its accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability.

Steps to going solar

Going solar has never been easier. Following these steps to cut energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Photo Mark Gable

Benefits of going solar

One of the main advantages of solar panels is that they reduce your electricity bills. As soon as the panels are installed, they will generate electricity and lower your power bill. You will get paid by your electricity company whenever you export excess energy from your panels back to the grid. You will negotiate a feed-in tariff for the electricity generated and exported and the amount is credited to your bill.

The cost of installing solar has fallen considerably and the technology and efficiencies have improved. In Bouddi, the majority of solar PV systems will pay back within 3-7 years. This is done through the savings on your electricity bill from your reduced consumption of energy from your retailer and from any credit to your bill from the feed-in tariff.

Solar energy is one of the cleanest sources of energy, and it’s an extremely effective way of making your household more efficient and sustainable. The installation of a 6.6kW solar system will reduce greenhouse emissions by over 250 tonnes CO2 in its lifetime and bring down our collective dependence on fossil fuels.

We live on the driest continent on the planet, and we run the risk of running out of fresh water in the future. A coal-fired power station use thousands of litres of water a day to cool generators, and to process, refine and transport fuel. Generating power through solar panels, however, uses no water whatsoever. The only water needed is rainwater to naturally clean the panels when they get a bit grubby!

Solar homes can sell for more than homes without PV. Studies show that solar homes are more attractive/valuable to purchasers and attract premium prices. Estimates suggest that a 5kW solar PV installation could add around $30K to the value of a house.

When you buy a new solar system in Australia, you will receive a solar panel rebate that will reduce the cost of your purchase.

Solar power reduces your reliance on the grid, particularly when used in combination with a battery so that power generated during the day can be used at night.

Solar power can help our community to prosper by creating sustainable local jobs for installers and by giving us all more money to spend in our local economy.

Going Solar FAQ’s

If you have an old-style rotary meter – with the shiny metal disk spinning in the middle – it will need to updated before you can start to use energy from your solar panels. Your solar installer should be able to advise you and organise the correct meter for you.

Under good weather conditions (no dew on the roof in the morning, no rain all day, no strong winds) a typical system can be installed from start to finish in one day. Sometimes installers will install a small system in the morning and make a start on another system in the afternoon, then return the next day to complete it.

It depends on what type of panels are used but typically it will be about 18.

Inverters convert the DC electricity of solar panels into the AC electricity that matches the power of the grid that we all use. A string converter is a single unit for all the PV panels, while the alternative is to use a microinverters for each individual panel. Where there is some shading of panels, the entire output will be adversely affected with a string inverter, ewhich does not occur with microinverters. On the other hand, microinverters are a little more expensive.

No, you can’t run the system without batteries. The inverter needs the grid to stay active. Batteries are needed to ensure power supply matches demand if you’re not on the grid.

In our experience, nobody ever regrets putting on too big a system, only that they installed too small a one! It is worth remembering that you may wish to have sufficient solar power in the future to store in a household battery, replace gas appliances and charge an electric car.

Currently most households may not export more than 10kW, although it is more if you have 3-phase electricity and it is possible to gain an exemption. You should discuss these limits with your electricity provider.

Once your solar PV system is installed, it will likely require very little maintenance. Typically, solar panels do not even need to be cleaned.

Typically most modern solar panels will last 25 years, maybe more. The very best panels come with a 25 year warranty.

Inverters may last for 10-25 years depending on their type and quality.

The Federal Government is developing an national stweardship programme for PV panels, batteries and periferals, however in the meantime Electrify Bouddi is working with our installers and a recycling company in Sydney to ensure that waste material is recycled.

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Let's get started

We are thrilled that you are interested in getting a new or expanded solar system and joining a solar revolution that millions of Australians are enjoying.

We have selected the best solar installers on the Coast, each of these have agreed to our EB Solar Suppliers & Installers Code Of Conduct.

Before you begin check out our recommended suppliers. Please complete this enquiry form to receive a quote from our solar partners.

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