Frequently Asked Questions about Solar

Solar Power FAQs

How does solar power work?

Solar PV systems generate electricity from sunlight. The solar panels are made up of many photovoltaic (PV) cells which collect the light from the sun and convert this into DC current. This is fed through an inverter and converted to 240V AC to power your home. The amount of electricity you can produce depends on the number of panels and their efficiency, the size of the inverter, the orientation of your roof and the amount of sunlight in your location.

Your home remains connected to the power grid so that when you generate more electricity than you need, you can feed it back into the grid. Alternatively, you can purchase more electricity from the grid when the sun’s not shining or when your system is not producing enough to meet your requirements.

What are Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) or STC rebates?

By installing a solar power system on your property, you are most likely still eligible for STCs. These STCs can be used to reduce the purchase price of your new system and can often save you thousands of dollars.

For a Solahart Solar Power system, each STC represents 1 megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable electricity produced over 15 years. The number of STC’s created varies with the size and model PV system and the region (or zone) in which the unit is installed. The value of an STC is not fixed and varies depending on market factors.

Once you install a solar power system, the STCs produced can be traded and sold on the open market. You can assign the right to create your STCs to your Solahart dealer who will pay you the value of the STCs as an upfront discount on your system.

What about the quality of the systems you install?

For over 65 years, we have been setting the standard for solar systems in Australia. Our systems are designed for the harshest Australian conditions. Our solar power systems only use world-leading panels and the world’s best quality inverters. Our solar panels are consistent with Solahart’s quality and performance requirements, using state of the art PERC monocrystalline cells, designed to achieve excellent performance under real conditions, even with low radiation intensity and on clear hot summer days.

Does it take long to install a solar power system?

Depending on the size of the system and site constraints, it can take one of our teams half to a full day to install a system. Once our work onsite is complete, we send off your paperwork to your energy provider on your behalf to have your net-metering undertaken. This process is controlled solely by the energy provider.

Can I retrofit a Tesla Powerwall onto an existing solar power system?

Yes however there may be certain design restrictions based on your current system. Get in touch and we’ll arrange a free on-site assessment as the next step.

Can I install a solar power system now and a Tesla Powerwall later?

Yes. Solahart Sunshine Coast can supply you with a Battery Ready PV system which enables a Tesla Powerwall to be installed at a later date.

What financing options do you have?

For residential installations, we offer a great finance plan which makes the switch to solar easier with flexible payment plans. We also accept cash, cheque and credit card payments.

For servicing, we accept cash, cheque and credit card payments.

For more information on our finance options, click here.

Solar Hot Water FAQs

What about the quality of the systems you install?

For over 65 years, we have been setting the standard for solar systems in Australia. Our systems are designed for the harshest Australian conditions. Our solar power systems only use world-leading panels and the world’s best quality inverters. Our solar panels are consistent with Solahart’s quality and performance requirements, using state of the art PERC monocrystalline cells, designed to achieve excellent performance under real conditions, even with low radiation intensity and on clear hot summer days.

How much energy will a Solahart water heater save me?

Because of their high efficiency and performance, Solahart systems deliver amazing savings. Replace your old gas or electric water heater with a Solahart Solar Water Heater and you could save up to 65%* of your water heating energy consumption. A Solahart Solar Power system can generate significant savings depending on the size of the system you select and your overall energy use, reducing your energy costs even more. Solahart Sunshine Coast will use the Solahart’s Savings Estimator technology which will calculate how much you will save by installing a Solahart system. The Savings Estimator will take you through some simple assumptions on your current energy usage patterns and site conditions to give you a good idea of how much you can reduce your energy bills.

What are Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) or STC rebates?

By installing a solar water heater system on your property, you are most likely still eligible for STCs. These STCs can be used to reduce the purchase price of your new system and can often save you thousands of dollars.

For a Solahart Solar Hot Water system, each STC represents 1 megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity displaced over a 10 year period. The number of STC’s created varies with the size and model of solar water heater and the region (or zone) in which the unit is installed. The value of an STC is not fixed and varies depending on market factors.

Once you install a solar water heater, the STCs produced can be traded and sold on the open market. You can assign the right to create your STCs to your Solahart dealer who will pay you the value of the STCs as an upfront discount on your system.

Which Solahart is right for us?

The best Solahart unit for your needs will depend on the following key factors:
• The amount of available sun
• Is the area prone to frost?
• The water chemistry in your area
• How many people in the home & their typical hot water usage

To choose the best water heater for your family, please call us at Solahart Sunshine Coast. We will make an appointment for you to speak with an expert who will help you pick the right unit for your current and future circumstances.

What are the environmental benefits of a Solahart water heater?

Water heating accounts for around 25% of the average household’s energy usage. Getting your hot water free from the sun not only saves energy, it also saves the greenhouse gas emissions that would have been produced in the generation of that energy. By replacing an electric storage water heater with a Solahart you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 2.7 tonnes a year^, the equivalent of taking a small car off the road.

Does a Solahart take long to install?

If your current hot water system breaks down Solahart Sunshine Coast can have you back in hot water within 24 hours in most instances.

Why do solar water heaters have booster switches?

All solar water heaters include a gas or electric booster switch to ensure you have hot water even during the colder, darker days of winter and on those occasional cloudy, rainy days. By selecting the right Solahart model for your area and your family’s hot water usage patterns, the use of the booster can be minimised.

Is there an alternative to putting the tank on the roof?

Solahart’s range of Streamline Split System solar water heaters allows you to enjoy all the benefits of Solahart’s advanced solar technology – without the tank on the roof.

The Solahart Split System locates the low profile collectors on your roof, with the tank installed at ground level. Alternatively you can choose a Solahart heat pump which uses technology to extract heat from the surrounding air, without solar collectors at all.

Does Solahart service hot water systems?

Yes. We service hot water systems. It is recommended that hot water systems are serviced every 5 years to maintain efficiency.

What brands of hot water system do you service?

Of course we service our Solahart products however we also service other brands including Rheem, Dux and Saxon. Get in touch regardless of which brand you have installed and we can help.

What financing options do you have?

For residential installations, we offer a great finance plan which makes the switch to solar easier with flexible payment plans. We also accept cash, cheque and credit card payments.

For servicing, we accept cash, cheque and credit card payments.

For more information on our finance options, click here.

Solar Battery FAQs

What batteries does Solahart Sunshine Coast provide?

Solahart Sunshine Coast is a Certified Installer of Tesla Powerwall 2, LG Chem and BYD Batteries. All are available through Solahart Sunshine Coast.

How much energy does a battery store?

The storage capacity of batteries vary by model. We are more than happy to explain the differences and help you assist which product would best suit your own circumstances. Click here to book a free on-site appointment.

Where in the house can a Tesla Powerwall be installed?

The Powerwall 2 is rated for installation indoors or outdoors. We can help you assess the optimal location in your property.

How much money will a Tesla Powerwall save me?

The money you save by installing a Tesla Powerwall depends on your individual energy generation and consumption.

We’re able to calculate that for you. Click here to book an in-home appointment.

Can I retrofit a Tesla Powerwall onto an existing solar power system?

Yes however there may be certain design restrictions based on your current system. Get in touch and we’ll arrange a free on-site assessment as the next step.

Can I install a solar power system now and a Tesla Powerwall later?

Yes. Solahart Sunshine Coast can supply you with a Battery Ready PV system which enables a Tesla Powerwall to be installed at a later date.

What financing options do you have?

For residential installations, we offer a great finance plan which makes the switch to solar easier with flexible payment plans. We also accept cash, cheque and credit card payments.

For servicing, we accept cash, cheque and credit card payments.

For more information on our finance options, click here.

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Solahart Sunshine Coast:
Your Trusted Solar Installer

Solahart pioneered the use of solar energy in Australia, beginning with a copper tank in 1953. 

Now, we’re still leaders in solar and proudly serve all parts of Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Caboolture with our solar products from the best brands in solar.

In addition to the strength and experience of Solahart, we’re a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer. 

Our staff consist largely of electrical and plumbing experts with most having 20 plus years of experience. We look forward to helping you. We’ve also got our own in-house engineering team making us one of the most qualified and skilled solar installers in Queensland.

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