Solar Panel and Electrical Services – FAQ’s

Here are a few of the most asked questions that we get at Green Spark regarding our products and services. If you don’t find the answer that you are looking for here, please feel free to get in touch with us so that we can answer any questions that you may have.
 

How will getting solar panels help the environment?

 
Getting solar panels helps to cut down your household’s reliance on non-renewable energy sources – such as coal and gas – and reduce your carbon footprint.
Rather than using electricity that is sourced through the combustion of fossil fuels, a primary cause of global warming, solar power is a clean energy option that reduces the amount of harmful greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.

It produces no air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions.

What are the financial benefits of getting solar panels?

 
In most cases, implementing solar power at your home saves you money on electricity bills because you are offsetting the electricity you use by getting it from the Solar Power System, rather than the grid. The feed-in tariff you receive for your surplus power will also reduce the amount of electricity you buy from the grid.

Solar panel systems also require minimal maintenance. Their durability, together with the quality installation job we can provide, will also ensure they last you through the years.

What subsidies are available in Queensland if I get solar panels?

 
The Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme is in place to pay you for the surplus electricity your home generates through the installation of solar power systems.

Your eligibility for government solar rebates will depend on several factors, like size of the system and location (postcode) of your home.

What’s the process for getting solar panels?

 
After you have contacted Green Spark to arrange a home visit with one of our qualified electricians, we will conduct an on-site assessment of your household’s suitability.

We will then design a solar power system that meets your individual needs, which you are able to review before we install it.

How will I know that solar panels are right for my home?

 
Green Spark Electrical is able to advise you on whether your home is a good candidate for solar power. However, factors that can improve your potential include:

– A reasonably large rooftop
– Minimal shade caused by factors like nearby trees, chimneys, satellite dishes, or neighbouring buildings
– A reasonably sunny climate

How much solar energy can I generate? What size system do I need?

 
The amount of electricity generated will depend on the size of your system, the direction it’s facing, whether there is any shade on the system, and your local climate.

What’s involved in the installation process, and how long will it take? Can I start using my panels right away?

A typical installation process will take around a day to complete, after which your panels are ready for immediate use.

What happens on cloudy days?

 
Although the amount of power generated may be less on overcast days, solar panels can still produce a considerable amount of energy in cloudy weather. Unlike shade, fog and cloud allow for some sunlight to pass through and reach your rooftop.

How does Green Spark advise of rebates?

 
Green Spark will advise of the rebates and feed-in tariffs available at the time of quotation, as these are dependent on the size of your system and your electricity retailer.

Does Green Spark liaise with the electricity retailer/distributor to ensure the meter is correct and that a feed-in tariff will be received?

 
Yes, we will guarantee that a feed-in tariff will be received and advise you of how much is available. We stay up-to-date with all the changes in the world of solar.

Green Spark will send an application in for solar to be approved BEFORE we install so that you can be assured that your meters are correct and you are eligible to receive a feed-in tariff.

What warranty comes with the Green Spark system?

 
Generally, our inverters come with a 5–10 year warranty; however, the warranty you receive will depend on the product you’ve purchased. The warranty on top-end inverters can be extended to up to 25 years via the manufacturer’s own Australian offices.

Panels generally carry a 10-year factory warranty and a 25-year guarantee to produce over 80% of their nominated power output after the 25-year period.