CHOICE are launching a new Solar estimator tool to improve the experience of finding a good solar installer.
Our simple tool provides ball-park estimates of savings, payback times and solar system installation costs based on where you live and your household size. We have partnered with SolarQuotes so you can request up to three quotes from recommended solar installers in your area.
We’ve partnered with SolarQuotes because of their long-standing reputation vetting and rating solar installers based on over 40,000 customer reviews.
How do you estimate the size of the solar system I need?
The kW size of a solar photovoltaic system is the maximum amount of energy it can deliver. Our estimate of solar system size should meet the typical energy needs of your household size. Our estimate assumes you have enough roof space to install a system of this size.
How do you calculate my savings?
Our estimate of savings has been achieved taking into account the geographical location of your house, your solar system size and average state-based electricity pricing.
We have used SolarQuotes’ Solar Power Calculator using average state electricity pricing from the Australian Energy Market Commission Residential Electricity Price Trends 2019 and solar feed-in-tariffs for each state region based on CHOICE’s Solar Panel Payback Times resource.
Why is the price range of solar systems you provide so wide?
The main components of solar photovoltaic systems are solar panels and inverters and these vary in quality and price. Our pricing is the approximate total cost of a good quality solar system, fully installed using Tier 1 solar panels. This amount includes a ‘point of sale’ discount from the federal solar rebate. It does not include a further rebate that may be available to people living in Victoria. Request a quote for a more accurate estimate of costs of installing a solar system on your home.
How do you calculate the time to pay back the costs of my solar system?
This calculation estimates the period of time it will take you to completely pay off your solar system based on the energy savings you make in your home and the income you earn from feeding excess energy back to the grid.
Our calculation assumes that you have a north-facing rooftop with no tree shading and that you consume 25% of the solar energy you generate.
We have estimated payback times with SolarQuotes’ Solar Power Calculator using average electricity pricing from the Australian Energy Market Commission Residential Electricity Price Trends 2019 and solar feed-in tariffs for each state region based on CHOICE’s Solar panel payback times resource.