5 commercial solar installation tips to help avoid dodgy installers
At Pacific Solar, we make it a habit to keep up with all solar-related news.
Oftentimes it’s good news, such as a breakthrough in solar technology, a new system that’s about to hit the market or a change in the regulatory environment that favours solar.
We aren’t going to lie – we get pretty excited when this happens and start thinking about how we can use this to help our clients cut their energy bills even more.
Naturally, we were quite disappointed when we opened up our news feed only to find that a large solar installer removed from Victoria’s solar homes scheme for technical and safety defects!
While it isn’t great news, it does reinforce one thing: namely, the fact that when it comes to solar, you need to choose an installer that you can trust to carry out the job.
Thinking of commercial solar installation in Melbourne? Here’s what you need to look for in an installer…
1) Experience in commercial solar installation
Obviously, experience with solar is a major factor in which solar installer you choose to look after your property.
In addition to affecting things like workmanship however, the amount of time they’ve spent in the industry also influences several other things.
Let’s look at commercial jobs in particular. Commercial solar installation is a vastly different beast to domestic solar. The systems are larger, and handle a considerably greater amount of power.
And that means a different skillset.
If you’re thinking of commercial solar installation in Melbourne, you need a team that specialises in commercial solar, and who possesses commercial-specific experience and skills.
For example, we here at Pacific Solar have been specialising in solar installation since 2008 – that’s almost 12 years of experience under our belts.
Combine that with another two decades working as electrical contractors in Industrial & Commercial Construction, and it’s safe to say that we know our stuff!
2) Will they stick around?
When everything operates as intended, this isn’t a problem – with something as sophisticated as commercial solar installation however, you’ll want the ongoing support and service of your solar installer.
That’s why it’s so important to choose a team that offers extensive post-installation service.
In addition to performing solar warranty services, Pacific Solar also supplies businesses like yours with ongoing reporting that tells you exactly how much money you’ve saved, as well as exactly how much return you’ve made on your investment.
What’s more, we’re also in it for the long-haul!
As a booming industry, there are many new installers getting in on the solar action, eager to make a quick buck off increasing demand for solar.
Of course, once demand levels out, there’s no guarantee they’ll stick around!
That means no post-installation support and service for your business – a problem that can stop you from getting the most out of your commercial solar.
At Pacific Solar, we’re here for the long-term. We’ve been in the business since 1998… and we intend to be around for many more.
3) What type of commercial installations they usually perform
There are a lot of different businesses out there. As such, there are a lot of different commercial solar jobs!
Commercial solar installation for a newsagent is a completely different game from installing solar at a factory or industrial site.
When choosing a commercial solar installer, it’s crucial that you check their work history and find an installer who can work on commercial properties just like yours.
Many commercial solar installers are actually just domestic installers who use domestic-grade solar panels and systems. As such, they typically only work on small shops like newsagents.
4) Check which solar brands they work with
They say that only a bad craftsman blames their equipment. If you ask us however, solar is one of the few exceptions!
Workmanship is only part of what makes a successful commercial solar installation – the other part is the solar brands they work with.
A good commercial solar installation in Melbourne uses high-quality parts from reputable brands, backed by generous warranty periods and extensive customer support.
By contrast, many less-reputable installers will use cheap panels from no-name brands with no Australia-based support network or warranty service, if any.
At Pacific Solar, we work with a wide range of leading solar brands in order to provide your business with the greatest savings.
One of our favourite brands is LG Solar.
The reason we’re so fond of the Korean brand is simple:
- Their panels are some of the most efficient on the market
- Industry-leading 25 year warranty
- Award-winning systems
- Backed by huge million dollar R&D budgets
When you call Pacific Solar for commercial solar installation in Melbourne, you can be confident that your business is receiving only the highest-quality products.
In addition to supplying and installing LG solar panels, our team is also qualified to provide warranty service for LG solar panels. In fact, we’re an LG Solar Platinum Partner – one of only 12 in the entire country!
5) Look beyond price
Not all business decisions come down to price – case in point, commercial solar installation.
While initial installation costs are an important consideration, they aren’t the deciding factor. If you ask us, your focus should be on 2 things in particular:
The problem is that many commercial solar installers will compete by trying to offer the lowest bid possible.
This is achieved by resorting to lower-quality brands and components from untrustworthy solar brands. These brands may themselves cut corners, and rarely have extensive warranties or local customer service networks.
In any case, the message is simple: the lowest bid isn’t always the best one!
At Pacific Solar, we take a different tack. Rather than compete on price, our team will provide you with detailed, in-depth forecasting that tells you:
- Exactly how much you’ll save over the life of your system
- How much ROI you’ll see with your solar system
- Precisely how much money we can shave off your energy bill
All of our forecasting is extremely accurate, based on our initial on-site inspection as well as data gathered from your meter.
And that’s on top of our catalogue or highly-effective systems from trustworthy brands!
We’re all about providing value to your business that goes beyond the upfront cost. Just another reason we’re the premier choice for commercial solar installation in Melbourne!
Choose Pacific Solar for commercial solar installation in Melbourne
If so, you’ll want to ensure that you choose the right commercial solar installer right off the bat – the last thing you’ll want is to become one of the hundreds of unhappy customers in Victoria left with a dodgy solar system.
Eager to avoid such an outcome? Be sure to call Pacific Solar!
In addition to performing commercial solar installation in Melbourne, our team works Australia-wide. It doesn’t matter where you’re based, or what type of facility you need powered – Pacific Solar can do it.
Lower energy bills, thousands (and potentially even millions) of dollars in savings and a guaranteed ROI – that’s what Pacific Solar brings to the table.