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A solar system installation process

As Australia’s largest solar provider, True Value Solar has successfully installed over 50,000 rooftop solar systems throughout the country.

A solar system installation will usually take 3-4 hours depending on the size system that is chosen, the amount of solar panels that need to be installed and situational factors.

1. A solar system installation starts with the placement of solar panels.

A Clean Energy Council Accredited Solar Installer will assess the roof and choose the most efficient location. Solar Panels are mounted to specifically engineered racking that is made up of aluminum rails and brackets. Solar panels are then secured to the rails using specific brackets. The racking will vary depending on the type of roof.  On average, solar panels used by True Value Solar are 80cm by 1.6m.

2. The solar panels are then wired to the inverter which is mounted on a wall in a convenient location. The inverter converts the DC power generated by the solar panel into alternating current (AC) power, commonly used around the home. From there it is then wired to your existing switchboard. DC isolators are installed at your inverter and your solar array to allow for safe isolation.

3. Your solar power system installation is now complete.

4. For the system to be “turned on” and connected to the grid, a bi-directional meter needs to be installed or reconfigured. True Value Solar will initiate this process by submitting the applications on your behalf to your electricity provider or distributor depending on the state.

The bi-directional meter measures the amount of electricity the house requires at any given time of the day. Excess solar power not used by your house is then fed into the national electricity grid. Unlike old meters, the bi-directional meter has a digital display screen and can record electricity that is fed back into the grid.

5. Once the installation of the bi-directional meter is approved and officially turned on, the solar system can be used to generate power for the home.

6. Depending on local regulations, the excess electricity can be sold back into the grid to receive Feed-in Tariffs that will assist in lowering electricity bills.

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