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Upgrades to existing Solar Power Systems

Looking for a bit more power?

Upgrading your solar power system is a great idea to get the most out of your investment.  There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when upgrading a solar power system.

Some questions to ask when thinking of upgrading your solar power system.

“Do I have enough space on my roof to add more panels?”
It may sound like a silly question, but if you don’t have the room, then your potential to upgrade is very limited. In some cases, upgrading is just not possible.

“Will Ergon/Energex allow me to upgrade?”
And, yes, you do have to get Ergon/Energex’s permission before you do anything.  If you are not changing the inverter, Ergon/Energex will usually allow you to add more panels.  If you want to upgrade the inverter as well, then you will need to apply to Ergon/Energex.  Then, depending on the size inverter you are applying for, Ergon/Energex may ‘technically assess’ the application.  When applications are technically assessed there are no guarantees as to whether they will allow you to upgrade.

“Do I have a high feed-in-tariff that I want to keep?”
If you were one of the lucky ones to secure the 44c FIT (or the even higher FITs through some retailers)  upgrading to a larger inverter WILL make you lose the FIT.  Once you have lost the higher FIT, you cannot get it back.  Upgrading to a larger inverter is not a decision to be made lightly and one that warrants significant consideration.

“How long has it been since the original system was installed?”
Generally, the longer it has been since the original system was installed, the more difficult (and costly) to upgrade.

These are just some of factors to consider when upgrading an existing solar power system.   Call our friendly team now to discuss further.

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