The 17 Things

A solar PV system can reduce your reliance on conventional electricity by converting the energy in sunlight to electricity. For a solar PV system to be efficient and help reduce running costs its output needs to be well matched to your needs, and the panels need to be orientated for optimal output, maintenance and not be overshadowed.

No 13: Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System

The 17 Things

What Is It?

Solar-panels

Solar PV panels can be connected to the grid, connected to the grid with a battery backup or be stand-alone systems.
Image credit to ©iStock.com/cierra45

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems generate power by converting the energy in sunlight to electricity. A solar PV system can reduce your electricity bill and reduce your reliance on conventional electricity.

Over a million homes across Australia are using rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to generate clean, safe and reliable electricity (the Australian PV Institute has wonderful animation that shows the spread of solar PV across Australia). So, unlike when they were first introduced, the cost of solar PV systems has become an increasingly affordable option.

 

How will it help me reduce my running costs and increase my comfort?

Idea-orientation-for-fixed-panels

To maximise output for fixed panels, the ideal orientation is the angle of latitude. For example, Sydney angle of latitude is 34°.
Reference for diagram Your Home www.yourhome.gov.au

Installing a solar PV system means you will be able to reduce your electricity bill by generating your own energy from the sun. When you take into account the savings on your electricity bills, the system will probably pay for itself over 5 to 10 years, depending on what electricity tariffs you pay. A feed-in-tariff, or renewable energy payments, is also reimbursed by your energy provider for any additional energy produced.

For a solar PV system to be efficient and help reduce running costs, the panels needs to be orientated for optimal output, accessible for cleaning and maintenance and not overshadowed. Partial shading of a panel will reduce the output of the whole array.

What professional should I talk to about this?

The Centre for Liveability Real Estate always recommends you consult further with any relevant specialist design or building consultants or assessors before making any decision regarding your specific property based on the Liveability Property Marketing Features™.

If you’re thinking of going solar, make sure you do your research and select a reputable solar PV retailer that will use an accredited designer and installer. The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has a list of Approved Solar Retailers who have agreed to a voluntary Code of Conduct. These retailers will offer a five-year, whole-of-system warranty and have made a commitment to give you a higher level of quality and service.

Once a solar PV system is installed, you will need to connect to an energy company to receive a feed-in-tariff. Contact the energy provider direct for specific information on contracts and financial incentives.

Is there anything I need to know before I meet with them?

Make sure your solar retailer is and Clean Energy Council accredited solar retailer (see information about recognising their ID card) and has signed the Solar PV Retailer Code of Conduct.

It’s a good idea to look carefully at your electricity bills to understand how much electricity you generally consume and how much you pay for it. This will help you to choose the solar PV system that is right for your needs, and will save you the most money in the long run.

Knowing the orientation of your property and your roof size can also help to determine which system is appropriate for your home.

Solar leasing is a relatively new option which is also available from some solar retailers. This option enables you to purchase the electricity generated from a solar system on your roof rather than having to buy the system. For tips and background info and important questions to ask your retailer regarding solar leasing see the Choice overview of solar leasing.

What is the price range I can expect?

Some professionals may give you some very preliminary advice for free, others may only indicate the sorts of solutions they may provide, so you will need to work this out when you first speak to them.

Prices for solar PV systems can range from about $4,000 for a small system to more than $10,000 for a large system. Prices for installation differ and can be found by contacting your local retailer.

You should check if the solar PV system you want to purchase and install is eligible for a government rebate or incentives from your retailer. Check out our list of Current Energy Rebates.

Where can I find more information?

Check out the Clean Energy Council’s Solar PV Consumer Guide and more advice on buying household solar.

Information on electricity feed-in-tariffs you may be eligible for can be found on Liveability’s list of current energy rebates. Specific information on the financial incentives available can be found by contacting your local energy provider direct.

You can also search our list of Approved Solar Retailers.

Your local council and state or territory government may also have free information available for you to download.

If I already have this feature, is there anything I need to know about using it effectively?

You should have received a maintenance schedule from your installer, so follow the plan and always use a fully qualified solar expert to undertake any maintenance work on your system.

The solar PV system should be accessible for a professional to clean, and not be overshadowed by trees or buildings so that it works efficiently. Do not try to clean the panels yourself this is a job for a professional. If trees need to be trimmed, you may require approval from your local council.

A solar PV system is an investment for your home. Make sure you have a copy of the following in a safe place for when you’re ready to sell or lease your home:

  • The original receipt of the installation
  • The original solar system contract and, if relevant, the payment plan or finance contract
  • All warranties for the solar system (including the panel, inverter and workmanship warranties)
  • The manual for the solar PV system
  • Contact details of the original installer

Does this work better when combined with any of the other 17 Things™

If you have a solar photovoltaic (PV) systems it makes sense to further enhance your potential for reduced running costs by ensuring you are powering No. 10 Efficient Heating and Cooling Devices and No. 11 Energy Efficient Lighting. You can also build on your solar features by investing in an No 12 Efficient Hot Water Systems and of course you can continue your renovation journey with the remaining 17 Things™.

Will this feature be recognised when I sell my property?

Yes; Liveability Real Estate Specialist sales agents and property managers have been upskilled to identify an additional 17 Things™ on top of a standard property appraisal. So if you have invested in any of the 17 Things™ this means your property will be appraised and marketed with real skill and with the best marketing resources for online and print media.

You can book a free property appraisal with a Liveability Real Estate Specialist any time you’re ready to sell or even if you’re not planning to sell for a couple of years. Each of the 17 Things™ has appraisal benchmarks (relevant to existing and new homes) which have been set by relevant industry partners to make sure we deliver a high standard of property marketing. So your Liveability Real Estate Specialist will work through this appraisal checklist with you as they move through your home. It’s a great chance for you to let them know about all the property features you have invested in.


Any questions?

We’re here to help! Just send us your enquiry.

What Is It?

Solar-panels

Solar PV panels can be connected to the grid, connected to the grid with a battery backup or be stand-alone systems.
Image credit to ©iStock.com/cierra45

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems generate power by converting the energy in sunlight to electricity. A solar PV system can reduce your electricity bill and reduce your reliance on conventional electricity.

Over a million homes across Australia are using rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to generate clean, safe and reliable electricity (the Australian PV Institute has wonderful animation that shows the spread of solar PV across Australia). So, unlike when they were first introduced, the cost of solar PV systems has become an increasingly affordable option.

 

How will it help me reduce my running costs and increase my comfort?

Installing a solar PV system means you will be able to reduce your electricity bill by generating your own energy from the sun. When you take into account the savings on your electricity bills, the system will probably pay for itself over 5 to 10 years, depending on what electricity tariffs you pay. A feed-in-tariff, or renewable energy payments, is also reimbursed by your energy provider for any additional energy produced.

For a solar PV system to be efficient and help reduce running costs, the panels needs to be orientated for optimal output, accessible for cleaning and maintenance and not overshadowed. Partial shading of a panel will reduce the output of the whole array.

What professional should I talk to about this?

The Centre for Liveability Real Estate always recommends you consult further with any relevant specialist design or building consultants or assessors before making any decision regarding your specific property based on the Liveability Property Marketing Features™.

If you’re thinking of going solar, make sure you do your research and select a reputable solar PV retailer that will use an accredited designer and installer. The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has a list of Approved Solar Retailers who have agreed to a voluntary Code of Conduct. These retailers will offer a five-year, whole-of-system warranty and have made a commitment to give you a higher level of quality and service.

Once a solar PV system is installed, you will need to connect to an energy company to receive a feed-in-tariff. Contact the energy provider direct for specific information on contracts and financial incentives.

Is there anything I need to know before I meet with them?

Make sure your solar retailer is and Clean Energy Council accredited solar retailer (see information about recognising their ID card) and has signed the Solar PV Retailer Code of Conduct.

It’s a good idea to look carefully at your electricity bills to understand how much electricity you generally consume and how much you pay for it. This will help you to choose the solar PV system that is right for your needs, and will save you the most money in the long run.

Knowing the orientation of your property and your roof size can also help to determine which system is appropriate for your home.

Solar leasing is a relatively new option which is also available from some solar retailers. This option enables you to purchase the electricity generated from a solar system on your roof rather than having to buy the system. For tips and background info and important questions to ask your retailer regarding solar leasing see the Choice overview of solar leasing.

What is the price range I can expect?

Some professionals may give you some very preliminary advice for free, others may only indicate the sorts of solutions they may provide, so you will need to work this out when you first speak to them.

Prices for solar PV systems can range from about $4,000 for a small system to more than $10,000 for a large system. Prices for installation differ and can be found by contacting your local retailer.

You should check if the solar PV system you want to purchase and install is eligible for a government rebate or incentives from your retailer. Check out our list of Current Energy Rebates

Where can I find more information?

Check out the Clean Energy Council’s Solar PV Consumer Guide and more advice on buying solar.

Information on electricity feed-in-tariffs you may be eligible for can be found on Liveability’s list of current energy rebates. Specific information on the financial incentives available can be found by contacting your local energy provider direct.

You can also search our list of Approved Solar Retailers.

COOLmob also has information on designing for the tropics  that includes solar PV panels.

Your local council and state or territory government may also have free information available for you to download. Make sure to look out for resources specific to the tropical climate.

If I already have this feature, is there anything I need to know about using it effectively?

You should have received a maintenance schedule from your installer, so follow the plan and always use a fully qualified solar expert to undertake any maintenance work on your system.

The solar PV system should be accessible for a professional to clean and not overshadowed by trees or buildings to work efficiently. Do not try to clean the panels yourself this is a job for a professional. If trees need to be trimmed, you may require approval from your local council.

A solar PV system is an investment for your home. Make sure you have a copy of the following in a safe place for when you’re ready to sell or lease your home:

  • The original receipt of the installation
  • The original solar system contract and, if relevant, the payment plan or finance contract
  • All warranties for the solar system (including the panel, inverter and workmanship warranties)
  • The manual for the solar PV system
  • Contact details of the original installer

Does this work better when combined with any of the other 17 Things™

If you have a solar photovoltaic (PV) systems it makes sense to further enhance your potential for reduced running costs by ensuring you are powering No. 10 Efficient Heating and Cooling Devices and No. 11 Energy Efficient Lighting. You can also build on your solar features by investing in an No 12 Efficient Hot Water Systems and of course you can continue your renovation journey with the remaining 17 Things™.

Will this feature be recognised when I sell my property?

Yes; Liveability Real Estate Specialist sales agents and property managers have been upskilled to identify an additional 17 Things™ on top of a standard property appraisal. So if you have invested in any of the 17 Things™ this means your property will be appraised and marketed with real skill and with the best marketing resources for online and print media.

You can book a free property appraisal with a Liveability Real Estate Specialist any time you’re ready to sell or even if you’re not planning to sell for a couple of years. Each of the 17 Things™ has appraisal benchmarks (relevant to existing and new homes) which have been set by relevant industry partners to make sure we deliver a high standard of property marketing. So your Liveability Real Estate Specialist will work through this appraisal checklist with you as they move through your home. It’s a great chance for you to let them know about all the property features you have invested in.


Any questions?

We’re here to help! Just send us your enquiry.

The 17 Things

The 17 Things

The 17 Things™ are property features that have the potential to reduce running costs and increase comfort if used correctly. You can discuss incorporating these into your renovation with with your architect, building designer or builder. The real estate industry is now identifying these Liveability Property Features™at point of sale or rent through agents that have completed additional training as Liveability Real Estate Specialists.