You’ve been warned, do not buy a cheap Solar System!
Correct pricing of a 6-6.6kW Solar Power System.
Trying to work out how much to pay for a 6kW solar system is not easy – the solar market is flooded with super-cheap 6-6.6kW solar deals at the moment and unfortunately, many thousands of households are now finding themselves in a lot of trouble with these dodgy systems.
Most of the 6kW solar systems you see advertised online are far too cheap – they use no-name panels, and we hear stories every week of people being left high and dry by installers who go belly-up, or simply won’t return phone calls. An incredible 1 in 5 solar systems are defected by the Clean Energy Council, and that’s just based on the systems that have been audited.
If you are new to solar power, your very first online search could have you believing a good quality 6kW solar system costs between $2500 and $4000. The ads above use words like ‘premium’ and ‘tier 1’. It all sounds great… except it’s not. $4000 is far too cheap for a good quality 6kW solar system, and by considering this price range you are descending into the murky waters of the cheap end of the solar market.
What’s So Bad About A Cheap 6kW Solar System?
From faulty components there is a lot more than just panels and inverter in a complete system) to dodgy installations and non-existent service. There are thousands of horror stories posted online and the strange thing is, most people know all about the dangers of buying a cheap solar system. The entire industry often gets a bad wrap because of the reliability issues with these systems.
As many industry insiders say, the warranties that come with these cheap systems aren’t worth the paper they are written on. If your installer and the manufacturer are no longer in business, you will be joining approximately 1 in 3 solar households now know as ‘solar orphans.’
Which Company Do You Choose?
Many of the cheap solar deals advertised are by solar ‘Sales’ companies, they are not Electricians and Engineers, they are not CEC accredited Retailers or even accredited Installers.
They use cut-rate third party installers and their licenses. Warranties are vague and after sales service is non existent. They are not local businesses who care about quality and their reputation in the community. They are in the business to cash in on the current boom and have no intention of being around to see out any part of a systems warranty. The largest solar installer in Australia in 2017 was renowned for selling cheap solar systems, and it came as no surprise to us when they recently went into liquidation. They have now joined more than 700 installers who have left the industry, in many cases leaving their customers high and dry.
Don’t Buy A Cheap 6kW Solar System!
If you were to get 3 quotes for a good quality 6kW solar system from reputable solar installers in Australia, you would find that our prices are all within a few hundred dollars of each other. Yes, there can be slight differences, but for the most part, the quotes will be around the same price.
To put it another way, you won’t find a $7,000 6kW system ‘on sale’ for $4000. Even if you’re happy for the installer to cut a few corners (which you shouldn’t be), you simply can’t get top quality brands for that type of money.
Good quality solar panels have dropped in price to the point that it no longer makes sense to consider the bottom end of the solar market when buying a 6kW solar system. You can have the best solar panels from the world’s leading manufacturers, online monitoring, a professional installation, full technical support, and still get a return on your money in 3-5 years.
Remember, solar power is an investment that should provide clean energy & lower power bills for well over 25 years. You really don’t want issues with the system in the next 3-6 years, as this is just around the time you get your money back.
Price of a 6kW Solar System.
A fully installed good quality 6kW solar power system starts at around $5,000 to $6000 using a well regarded Chinese made inverters such as Sungrow and ET Solar or Canadian Solar panels, and $6000 to $7000 including a European Made inverter such SMA and premium solar panels such as QCell or Longi panels. This is for standard installation ie. no cherry pickers, optimised systems, additional energy meters/export control devices.
It is important to note that with solar panels you generally get what you pay for, and most of our customers choose high-efficiency panels from manufacturers such as LG Solar. It is possible to find a cheaper 6kW solar system for under $5000, however, this will typically require buying low to mid-range panels and often without any after-sales support. It is then an entirely different matter to start looking at systems at around the $4000 mark.
As a rough guide, a 6kW system can save you up to around $2,500 a year on your power bills. Of course, to save $650 on a quarterly bill you are going to need to use a lot of power during the daytime – as much as 30 kWh during the daytime over summer. If you are able to get the most out of your 6kW system, you could spend up to $10,000, get a top of the range system, and see a return on your investment in only 4 years!
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