Frequently Asked Questions
Getting Solar Installed
Am I eligible for government rebates?
Generally yes. Small Technology Certificates (STCs) are available to all residential properties and businesses except those that received assistance under the previous Solar Homes and Communities Plan.
Does my roof need to face North?
North facing is best for total power generation across the day, but an effective solar system can be installed anywhere from east through north to west.
Do I need a pitched roof?
No. Systems can be installed on both flat and pitched roofs. However, flat roofs somtimes require tilting frames to improve generation and allow rainwater to run off.
Do I require planning or building approval?
Generally no, unless you live in a state herigate area (such as Colonel Light Gardens) or a heritage listed property. If you live in a strata titled property, you may require approval from your strata body.
Will I need a new meter?
You will generally need a new meter capable of measuring both electricity import and exports. As part of our installation process, we will arrange with your energy supplier for a new meter to be installed at your property. The cost of a new meter is approximately $300, which will be charged to you direct by your energy supplier.
Can I add a battery storage later?
Yes. All solar systems installed by Oslec are compatible with battery storage. Battery systems generally need to be installed in a sheltered location. If you intend to add battery storage at a later date, we can work with you to install your inverter in a suitable location.
How long will my system last?
Jinko, Canadian Solar and Q Cells panels come with a performance guarantee of 25 years. Zeversolar, SMA and Fronius inverters are covered by warranty for 5 years. You can generally expect the system to run for the life of the building.
Is any maintenance required?
Your panels will need occasional cleaning to remove dirt and other debris which accumulate over time. Generally, no other maintenance will be required for the life of the system.
Will my panels withstand extreme weather events?
Solar panels and their roof fixings, when correctlly installed, are designed to withstand even the most extreme weather which could be expected in Adelaide, including major hailstorms.
Will my solar system work during a black out?
No. All solar systems in Australia are required to auto shut off in the event of a power outage. This is to ensure the safety those working on the grid during an outage.