What should you look for in your commercial solar installation quote?
While good solar installers and vendors will walk you through the solar jargon and do their best to help make sense of your commercial solar installation quote, not all installers are quite so honest!
As a booming industry, there are many dodgy solar installers who don’t know what they’re doing and who are just in it to make a fast buck before demand levels out.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to figure out which vendors aren’t deserving of your hard-earned money early on during the quotation process.
Thinking of commercial solar installation in Melbourne? Here’s what you should look out for in your solar quote…
1) Solar PV manufacturer, brand and model
Dodgy solar panels will lead to dodgy solar installation on your commercial property – it really is as simple as that!
As such, one of the first things you should look for in your solar quote is any mention of manufacturer, brand or better yet, the specific model your vendor is offering.
Most reputable solar manufacturers lay it all out, listing their system specs online – this allows you to:
- Evaluate panel performance
- Directly compare panels head-to-head
- Look up reviews and tests
By contrast, if no manufacturer, brand or model is specified, how do you know you’re getting a quality panel?
Many installers use cheap, dodgy panels from no-name brands. These panels are characterised by low efficiency, poor durability and shoddy build quality – and the vendors know it!
To stop you from finding out, they’ll deliberately exclude this information – you can’t Google your panels if you don’t know what you’re getting, after all.
While we’re on the subject of brands, the Pacific Solar team works exclusively with high-quality solar brands like LG. In fact, we’re an LG Solar Platinum Partner – one of only a dozen in the entire country!
2) Mounting frames and inverters
While they don’t get as much attention as the panels, frames and inverters play an important part of your commercial solar installation. Even the best solar panels won’t help you much if they’re paired with low-quality frames and inverters.
The thing is, many business owners get tunnel vision and focus on the panels themselves. Many fly-by-night operators know this, and cut corners here, knowing that few will pick up on it.
Check your quote to see if your installer names a manufacturer or brand for your mounting frame or inverter.
Your mounting frames have a maximum weight limit and many come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Likewise, solar inverters need to have large-enough capacity to handle the size of your commercial solar.
To discover whether the frames and inverters you’re being quoted on tick all these boxes, you’ll need to know what you’re being provided first!
Learn more about the brands and manufacturers Pacific Solar works with.
3) Does your commercial solar quote include other costs?
So you’ve received an attractive-looking quote for commercial solar installation in Melbourne – one which sounds almost too good to be true.
And that’s because it probably is!
In addition to cutting corners by going for cheap, low-quality panels, inverters and frames, many commercial solar installers also deliberately exclude additional costs such as:
- Transport and travel costs
- Installation costs such as Cranage & access equipment
- Additional metering costs
Don’t be tricked – if you don’t see these expenses included in your quote, ask about them. If you receive a wishy-washy answer, tread with caution.
At Pacific Solar, our quotes are all-encompassing. We’ll include all the costs.
Sure, it may inflate the number at the bottom – however, it also gives you peace of mind and means that you won’t have to worry about being ripped off!
4) ROI projections
While there are many reasons to opt for commercial solar installation in Melbourne, let’s face it – saving money is the main one.
There’s no need to be embarrassed about it – you run a business, after all!
Commercial solar installation gives you the power to dramatically cut back on your overheads and make considerable savings over the years.
If you ask us, the best solar quotes include these projections.
At Pacific Solar, we believe that you should know what you’re paying for. Our team takes a bit of a unique approach towards our quotes. Instead of competing on price, we compete on value – you’ll know exactly what you’re getting with us.
In addition to the specific brand and model, our team will also tell you…
- Exactly how much money you will save over the life of your system
- Exactly how long it will take to make back your investment
- Exactly how much money you will be able to trim off your quarterly energy bill
Our team takes a data-first approach to quoting. We take readings directly from your electricity meter – this allows us to calculate your energy usage, as well as how much you stand to save.
Choose Pacific Solar for commercial solar installation in Melbourne
Commercial solar installation is a major investment – one that often involves a lot of research, number-crunching and careful consideration.
That’s why we make sure you get the most accurate, in-depth quote possible.
Our team provides quotes that are simple, easy-to-understand and most importantly, completely transparent. You’ll know:
- The specific model of solar panel, inverter or frame mounting
- Exactly how much you’re predicted to save
- The exact total cost of your commercial solar installation
We won’t hide anything, or shunt anything to the side – you will be fully-informed as to what’s going on with your solar.
Combined with our high-quality installation, and there’s really no better team to call!
Find out how we can your business by calling 1300 944 844 or by contacting us online.