Solar systems designed for your home and usage
Power your home with a custom-designed solar system professionally installed by Solstra.
Have your solar system designed by an accredited solar specialist to suit the physical aspects of your home, your environment and the way you use power to get the maximum output, save you money and serve you best.
We partner only with trusted brands for reliability, durability, and performance.
All electrical installations are of high-quality workmanship, 100% safe and compliant with the Australian Electrical Safety Standards and the Electrical Safety Act 1998.
Benefits of home solar
Everything electrical in your home can be powered by solar including heating and cooling, your hot water system, cooking appliances, and the fridge. Around 30% of homes in Australia have had a rooftop solar panel installation and are experiencing the benefits of solar as we speak.
- Take control of your power
- Clean, renewable energy
- Increased property value
- Reduce your power bills
- Power during a blackout
- Low maintenance
- Rebates available!
For many of our clients, saving money is the key reason for wanting to invest in solar panels. Who doesn’t want free power? Using less grid-generated power means you are buying less from your power provider, hence lowering your bills. There are also savings to be made through feed-in tariffs. This is where your excess (unused) solar power is fed back into the grid, resulting in credits on your utility bill.
To save the most money and get the fastest return on investment, it is best to consume your solar power at the time it is being generated and be mindful and innovative with how and when you use your electricity.
Solar power is renewable ‘clean’ energy. There are no greenhouse gas emissions produced during the process of converting sunlight into electricity using solar panels, which means that powering your home with solar energy is a more sustainable option than burning fossil fuels.
Align the operation of your home with your environmental values and household living habits. Your residential solar panel installation will mean that the footprint of your home is reduced and you’re also doing your bit for the stability of the grid.
Solar Homes Program rebate
Savings of up to $1,400 are available through the Solar Homes Program rebate and federal government small-scale technology certificates (STC) discount, for eligible homeowners. If you are claiming the rebate, our team will help you through the process (including facilitation of the online approval process) and deduct the rebate amount from the total cost of your solar system. Those claiming the rebate also automatically receive the federal government STC discount which is also deducted from the total cost of your system.
Incentives are only paid if solar systems are installed to Australian Standards, by industry-accredited installers. Solstra is a Clean Energy Council Accredited Designer and Installer and New Energy Tech Approved Seller.
Solar panel installation Melbourne
Choosing the right solar system for your home combined with an optimum, smart design by a solar expert, will deliver a system that serves your needs best and delivers maximum output. The better the design fit, the more efficient your system is and the more solar it generates (= more savings).
Residential solar panel installation is complex and involves electrical wiring and installation of specialised equipment and other components. Standalone solar PV systems (without battery) comprise two main components – solar panels and inverter.
Consultation and assessment
Your Solstra technician will undertake a full consultation and inspection of your home to assess your power usage, costs and needs. Using that information, we provide solar system design recommendations that Solstra can design and install, tailored to your home. We will talk you through it so you can understand the value and features of each option and make your selection.
From a usage perspective, we look at:
- the amount of power your home uses
- peak usage times
- size of the household
- the likelihood that usage will increase.
If it’s likely that your usage will increase, your system can be designed so it’s expandable for the future addition of more solar panels or a solar battery installation, if you choose.
From a technical perspective, we inspect:
- Installation location (normally roof – including its size and condition)
- possible angles, placement and mounting style for solar panels
- mounting location for your inverter
- your switchboard
- environment for sun, shade, and obstacles.
Solar panels can be installed on the roof, on a wall or on the ground with a frame mount.
How many solar panels does the average house need?
It’s important that your design includes a capacity you can use. 1kW of solar panels produces around 4kWh of electricity per day. An average home uses 15 to 20 kWh per day. A 3–5kW solar system with 15 to 18 solar panels is suitable for most households.
The design, positioning and installation of your solar system can significantly impact its efficiency. Solar panels located on homes in the southern hemisphere (Victoria) produce the most power when facing true north (over a yearly period). Depending on your roof, we may also tilt your panels at an angle for performance and environmental reasons so they receive maximum sunlight.
The angle can also be tailored so you get maximum power at your peak usage times or to maximise feed-in tariffs. Our team will consult with you and provide recommendations to suit your specific preferences, including explaining any trade-offs.
Will solar panels damage my roof?
Solar panel installation should not damage the exterior or interior or your roof, providing your roof is in good condition and the installation is competed by an accredited installer. Your roof should be strong enough to support the weight of solar panels, bear the installation process and be estimated to remain in good condition at least for the lifespan of the solar panels. Solar panels can be installed on most roofs types including terracotta tile and corregated roofs like colourbond and zinc.
Inexperienced sub-contractors can at times be the cause of damage to roofs during solar panel installation, sometimes causing leaks. Solstra is a Clean Energy Council Accredited Designer and Installer and New Energy Tech Approved Seller. And we don’t outsource.
Permits and restrictions
Its important to check with your local council to see if a permit is required prior to residential solar panel installation at your property or if any restrictions apply. This may be the case if your property (or its protected trees) are listed as a site of historical, cultural, or architectural significance. Our team can help you understand the rules in your area. Your installation may involve removal, pruning or other works near trees and easements (where Council access is required to be maintained) which should be accommodated in your design.
Installation of a typical solar system (for an average-sized family home) can be completed by our team in one day. Your solar panels and inverter will be installed and all cabling, wiring and switchboard work will be completed. We also set-up your system monitoring so that you can see how your system is performing at any time – most monitoring platforms are easily accessible via an app on your phone.
After inspection and sign-off, we send a copy of the Certificate of Electrical Safety, along with other technical documentation to your electricity retailer. This lodgement prompts your retailer to configure your electricity meter for solar, so you can receive feed-in credits for any excess power your system generates and sends into the grid. We do this on your behalf, so you don’t need to worry about any of the technicalities.
Lastly, we take care of lodging any manufacturer warranties that are applicable for your system and provide you with the warranty certificates.
Home PV solar systems – the facts
Solar panels contain solar PV cells which capture the energy of sunlight and convert it into electricity.
This type of solar system is called a photovoltaic system, known as ‘solar PV’.
- The main components of a PV solar system are the solar panels, inverter and smart meter.
- Solar panels can generate power from direct, indirect an reflected sunlight (direct sunlight is best for maximum output).
- Solar panels will work in bad weather like rain and hail, although the output is less.
- Solar panels generate Direct Current (DC) power. The inverter converts the DC power to AC power (household power).
- The size of a solar PV system is measured in kilowatts (kW).
- The amount of energy generated is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh).
- Solar PV systems can be connected to the grid or run independently of the grid.
- Grid-connected solar systems can import and export power to the grid.
- Excess unused solar power can be fed into the grid or stored in a solar battery.
Solar PV systems draw electricity from the grid when the home is using more electricity than the solar panels are generating. On the flip side (when the household uses less electricity than that solar panels are generating) the excess power is fed into the grid.
Solar panel maintenance
Solar panels are generally low maintenance and reasonably resistant to damage however over time, dirt and debris can accumulate on your solar panels affecting their performance and power output. Monitor output frequently – as low output is an indicator that they might need a clean and routine check. Extreme weather events can also cause issues for your solar panels, potentially meaning a repair or replacement of one or more components.
Solstra provides maintenance checks for your home solar system. Aside from cleaning the solar panels (if needed), our experts will undertake a full operational and safety inspection and check for damage to panels (such as cracks, chips, discoloration) and other components and check for hazards such as overgrown trees or nesting birds.
Return on investment
There are a number of variable factors to consider when calculating your return on investment including savings on upfront costs (such as from government incentives and rebates where eligible), reduced energy costs and income generated from feed-in tariffs.
Depending on these factors as well as usage patterns, most Australian homes generally see a return on their investment in 6-10 years. Solstra’s friendly team can help you with advice on calculating your anticipated return on investment.
Solar battery installation
Solar PV systems can be stand alone or connected to the grid, with or without a solar battery. A solar battery can store your excess solar power so it can be available for use at night time when there is no sun. With a solar battery, you can run a home completely on solar power and have backup power when you need it.
If you are using more electricity than you might generate, it might be worth including a solar battery in your solar system design. Contact our team today to learn more about solar batteries and if a solar battery installation would be a good fit for your solar system.
Choose Solstra for solar panel installation
Employing a reputable, New Energy Tech Approved Seller is your best defence against future problems down the track. Your installation will be completed by Solstra’s internal team of staff who are all fully qualified electricians who specialise in solar. We dont outsource. With us you get consistent, quality workmanship every time and we only use the best parts, equipment and brands with the best warranties and support.
Solstra holds the required compliance certifications and we are a New Energy Tech Approved Seller and installer with the Clean Energy Council – the peak body for clean energy sector in Australia. This gives you confidence in your purchase and in us as your service provider. Contact us today.