6 Things To Watch Out For When Investing In Solar
Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018

Although Australians are often looking to make a bargain on the products we buy, the relatively new and ever-changing technology of solar power has people jumping at the idea of an energy bill free future but understandably at a cheap rate of expense.

6 Things To Watch Out For When Investing In Solar

The problem with going towards price over performance is that a lot of cheap brands have realised they can offer a system at a reduced rate than others, but install a product on your roof which is far from industry standards.

Cheap Solar Brands

Cheap solar brands have equally cheap solar systems, with a range of problems that will cost you time and money if you’re not careful. Either the output is underperforming, and you’re still ending up with an energy bill, or the components of the system itself simply break and need replacing. The reason why these cheap brand solar companies can keep their business afloat is the fact these systems tend to only start breaking down at around the 4 year mark. This is typically when you should be making a lot of your money back, and have likely already left a lovely review of commendation for the spurious company. As you would find out, cheaper is rarely better no matter what product it is you’re purchasing.

Cheap Inverters

Cheap inverters and functioning problems tend to go hand in hand, with one of the most frequent issue with a cheap solar system, is that the inverters die and are unable to be fixed. These systems tend to use poorly manufactured inverters (often from China) costing under $500. So when the system starts to break down, years before it should be, you are looking at a minimum of $2000 just to get your system working again.

Poorly manufactured inverters can not only be ineffective in reducing your energy bill, but can be extremely dangerous to your home. Source: queenslandsolarandlighting.com.

Cheap Panels

Cheap panels are manufactured and distributed all over the world at a constantly accelerating rate. Often from China, these panels are regularly re-branded with the retailer’s logo, or are merely dispatched to Australia and sold without a brand at all. These companies in question try to ensure you of a 25 year system warranty like the big industry players do, but are often able to find a clause or loophole in the warranty agreement which voids them responsible from replacing their mistake and false performance claims. If it isn’t brought into Australia under an official distributor, the warranty is lost if the company goes bankrupt (or changes their name, as many do). You will often get a phone contact where no one answers or a number which takes you to the Chinese manufacturer, who knows they don’t have to answer to you, or simply can’t respond in English.

Realising how easily the market can be taken advantage of, the energy department at AICA pride themselves on product performance, reliability and efficiency. Having been in the market for over a decade, AICA have seen every trick and swindle these companies use in an attempt to simply take your money. Locally based in Perth, Western Australia, AICA have a determined team of engineers, electricians, tradespeople and client staff who work to supply the best in the market solar systems to officially rid your home of energy bills with our top of the range LG solar systems. Having forced many fake solar companies out of the market, AICA are leading the way in Australia’s solar industry.

Panel Problems

Brown solar panels are not only a horrible eye-sore, but also reflect that the panels you have on your roof aren’t working properly. This happens due to a chemical reaction which has occurred inside the panel and can have detrimental effects on the output efficiency from your system. Having personally seen panels with this exact problem sitting on the same houses for years reflects that homeowners aren’t getting these faulty panels replaced under warranty.


Brown panels can completely ruin the efficiency of your whole solar system and can be an expensive exercise to replace. Source: lgenergy.com.au.

Another problem regularly seen with cheap panels are hot-spots. A hot-spot can completely destroy your panels, and can be caused by something as trivial as bird poo. While you may be cursing at your local magpies, the problem resides in the panels themselves. Top quality panels have the ability to prevent hotspots through bypass diodes, which means your panels can’t be damaged, let alone destroyed. In a case where warranty is upheld, the system will be switched off completely and can take months to process, all the while your energy bills will start flooding in again, at the same time as your solar repayments.  

Fire Risk

Having an electrical fire on the roof is far from ideal, but it is a common occurrence with cheap solar panels. You, and even many solar owners, may not know the importance of a DC isolator, but having a cheap quality one can create catastrophic problems. Buying cheap systems often mean the distributor and installer have likely cut corners on the quality of your panel’s electrical components. As high quality DC isolators costing around 5 times more than the cheap brand ones, it’s not a surprise.

Poor quality solar systems with cheap materials are known to be a fire risk, so always go with a trusted brand for solar energy. Source: acsolarwarehouse.com.

Setting the standard of safety among competitors, AICA have complete confidence in product quality from the initial design stage until installation. Putting years of dedication and motivation into research and design, AICA can ensure your system will perform at leading industry standards with a desire for excellence.

Misleading and Untruthful Conduct

Many companies will say anything to you in order to get you to sign on the dotted line, where their misleading information and empty promises can never be fulfilled. With sales representatives promising performance qualities, in which your solar system is impossible to live up to, employers turn a blind eye when it comes to serious customer transgression. The ACCC has found many cheap solar companies guilty of fraud and misconduct, with many receiving fines, but are still certified to operate.

With a real team of industry professionals on hand, the energy division at AICA can help you with any questions you may still have about taking your first steps towards a renewable, sustainable future with solar. Taking pride in our customer service, reliability and system performance, AICA will hopefully be your first choice towards a renewable solar system of your own.

To find out how we can help you, call us on 1800 242 228.


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