Solar advise

 Hey guys  i know there's  been a few solar threads on here before  but the missus  has the people  from solar  naturally coming over tomorrow  for a chat about their product , anyone  dealt  with these guys before ? and as someone who has no idea about solar anything  i should  take  into consideration , we are a family  of  5 with 3 young ones as in what type of system  would suit us ? Cheers for the  input 


 Happy dayz 

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Koala solarget the biggest

Fri, 2019-03-29 19:36

Koala solar

get the biggest system you can

6.5kw panels 5kw inverter


all comes from the same factory anyway

they install well under 3k


mine is excellent no dramas


plenty of sharks out there flogging shit prices for their products

ring around a few companies see the difference in price for yourself  

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 They all have their cheap

Fri, 2019-03-29 19:42

 They all have their cheap packages so don't get sucked into one of them unless you are in it for the short term. 6.48kw of tier 1 solar panels (worked out on a ratio of returned faulty vs good ones) an a fronius 5kw inverter should set you back just over $4k. You can get the same package with a cheap inverter for around two and a half k.

Most panels will have a 25 year warranty and ones such as LG are top shelf and priced accordingly. Canadian solar or Trina are a good affordable middle ground. Most, if not all, are made in China.

Your inverter MUST have a manufacturer backed warranty (Fronius, LG, SMA) as lots of the pop up suppliers warrant their own gear. When the shit hits the fan then they just shut down that entity and start a new 'branch' of the business cough cough euro solar...

The key to getting a good product is specify the inverter you want and get them to supply a package around that and get multiple quotes. Even via email. 

We have a five year old and a two year old and have the package above. My wife works from home and our last bill, with aircon and all, was around two hundred bucks. That is with Paw Patrol on most of the day...

More than happy to help I find you have any questions and please use the search tool as there has been plenty of conversation on it.

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Fri, 2019-03-29 21:02

What swompa said. I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old, air con and tv’s running regularly, as well as internet and I pads all the time. I got a frontius inverter (5kw) with 6.5 kw worth if panels on the roof. All up cost just under $5k fully installed. That was all permits sorted for me, new digital power metre ect. My last bill was under $100. Spewing I didn’t do it years ago.  




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Black gen ,swompa and scano

Sat, 2019-03-30 07:19

Black gen ,swompa and scano thanks for your replies ,  fellars you all gave me the info i needed and its much appreciated  


 Happy dayz 

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Hey happy dayz

Sat, 2019-03-30 08:32

I used some guys called dawesco electrical. 2x brothers that are sparkles and licensed installers. I’m a qualified diesel mechanic so good with my hands, and know the look of good trade workmanship when I see it. I got in the roof after they installed it all and double checked the work for my own piece of mind. Happy to say they did an awesome job! Very neat, good attention to detail, and they turned up on time and were easy to deal with. I would recommend them to others for sure.  




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Sat, 2019-03-30 10:02

I spent over 6 months reading and researching, this was the best place for info:

and Finn's blog was also very helpful.


I went with a Solar Edge system (Canadian Solar panels optimised by solar edge), not quite top of the range, but above the middle, installed by these guys.


Recommend them highly, from inspection to installation.




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Sat, 2019-03-30 17:04

Read all this blokes stuff, also has YouTube vids.

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 Thanks  alot for the

Sat, 2019-03-30 17:58

 Thanks  alot for the responses and links looks like I've  got  a bit of reading  up to do now ,thanks  fellas 


 Happy dayz 

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I second Mark-m, infinite

Sat, 2019-03-30 18:14

I second Mark-m, infinite energy.

had mine 3 yeas now and it’s paid itself back.

24 panels, German 5kv inverter. 

2 adults, 6 kids (Brady bunch)( not all at home now thank effing g@d!) $600+ bills not uncommon.

down to  $150, so don’t take long to pay for itself.




I just love Exmouth: Its a quaint little drinking town with a fishing problem!

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Yep, brilliant work by them

Tue, 2019-04-02 13:38

AND RAC members now get 5% off

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 We went with Zasco

Tue, 2019-04-02 15:47

 We went with Zasco Electrical to install our solar. Their installers work for the company rather then being subbied out, which makes a difference as they care. Really neat installation and a pleasure to deal with. 


5kw Fronius inverter with 6.6kw of panels (forget the panel brand) - was about $4k installed. 


I have some serious fish tanks and we are a family of 3, wife works from home. Were copping $700 (2months) powerbills. Dropped it down to 200-250, couldnt be happier. 

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 There is a local mob on

Tue, 2019-04-02 19:41

 There is a local mob on Instagram advertising a 6.48kw package with Fronius inverter for $3800.

ALWAYS as for a discount!


You: "Are you able to sharpen your pencil on that? I have the cash ready to go, I am just securing the best price"

Them: Have you got a better price?

You: Yes, your competitor is ~x% cheaper for the exact same product though I would prefer to transact with you




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Got ours with Zasco as well.

Tue, 2019-04-02 20:19

Got ours with Zasco as well. No complaints from me. Fair price, quick instillation and they followed up with a phone call from the installer. 

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 Cheers  for the input guys

Wed, 2019-04-03 19:21

 Cheers  for the input guys ,we haven't  chosen  a system  or anyone  to install yet  but all of your responses  have been much appreciated, cheers 


 Happy dayz