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Your site is bloody marvellous. Without it I wouldn't have covered as much ground as quickly.
Really helped to make informed choice and sift the 'wheat from the chaff'.
Would like to see how the performance ratio of a module is calculated but I may have missed the link.
Yes, I have received my three quotes.
Michael, Rockhampton QLD
Just a quick note to say that, as a result of using your website, I engaged Cola Solar to install a 5kw system for me at my home at Goldsborough, Vic.rnrnI must say that your website was an absolute Godsend to a solar "novice". I will continue to recommend your site to all of my friends who are looking at solar power. More power to your arm!
I was also very happy with the sales/installation offered by Cola Solar and have left a review on your website.
John, Bendigo VIC
Thank you for your email. I have received three quotes for solar from your website.
The website is brilliant by the way! It is a fantastic resource for people like me, who really don't know much about solar and would like to invest in a system. It has made a potentially confusing endeavour very straight forward.
I am the happy customer from last year.We just got our third full power bill since putting in solar with the fabulous Mark Group in Melbourne. We only have 10 panels, a 2.11kW system.This is my first bill out of three which i don't have to pay anything and in fact still got $30 credit in account. Couldn't be happier - thank you again for your awesome advice and helping us find our solar installer.
Thank you once again for your brilliant knowledge in solar power and efficient customer service.
Naveen , VIC.
Hi Finn! I'm a happy customer from last year. We just got our first full power bill since putting in solar with the fabulous CSA Solar in Brisbane. We only have 8 panels, a 1.5kW system and there's 5 of us in the house most weekends - I got a .36c credit!! First time ever I've never had a power bill after Christmas. Couldn't be happier - thank you again for your awesome advice and helping us find our solar installer.
Lisa, Brisbane QLD
By way of introduction, I'm a solar cell researcher in Canberra and recent PhD graduate from the Cavendish Lab in the University of Cambridge. I just wanted to quickly write and say that your website is the best I've come across for solar panel quotes and pricing. This is both from a personal and professional point of view. Personal - because I've used your excellent quote referral system to get in contact with local solar panel providers for my sister's house here in the ACT. And professional, because I regularly give public talks on the science of electricity and solar energy, and your website's calculator gets across the economics of solar panels clearly and succinctly. You guys are providing a great resource and I wish you all the best. Thanks heaps!
Dr Nij, Canberra
Thanks for your website and incredibly quick and pertinent replies to emails. I learned more from your site than anywhere else. I am sorry that I did not go with one of your recommendees, but I thought I would support an Australian manuafacturer and went with the Tindo panels with inverters built in. I have a bit of a shading issue. SkyMining installed them and the panels and service were and are, great.
Thanks again for the best website, I have pointed many people your way.
Yes, I did recieve three quotes (Suntrix, Blu Sky Solar, Mark Group). They all rang me on the day after the request was placed, and all three arranged to visit the site. The three visits were conducted professionally, without hard-sell pressure. The Mark Group saleswoman took a picture of my roof (from a ladder) and the BluSky Solar salesman got onto the roof to measure it properly.
Your Solar Quotes website was very informative, and was useful in preparing us to know what to ask the sales staff and understand their answers. Thank you.
Mark, Salisbury, SA
All quotes received. I would also like to congratulate you on your web site. It is truly informative, impartial and full of innovative ideas around solar and hybrid solar systems. Its great to see someone with your expertise helping out the general public, who mostly would find electrical concepts bewildering. Well done, its a fantastic web site.
Scott, Gladesville, NSW
Your advice was invaluable, thank you, I got an excellent 5kw system for 8009.00 fully installed after a sizeable loyalty bonus was deducted!
I found the whole process from the time of requesting quotes through Solar Quotes easy and simple. The system selected and the supplier were not the cheapest, but offered I felt best value for money. Solar 2000 provided good service from the initial contact with the sales consultant George, through to final installation which was done efficiently and without fuss. All staff were friendly and helpful. Just waiting on ETSA do their bit and install the import export meter. The other companies I sought quotes from were also friendly and knowledgeable and I would have been happy to deal with either of them.
Keith, Salisbury, SA
Hi Finn, it's very good of you to get back to me.
Our history is this:
- we got taken for $5000 by a fly by night Irish mob, which may have been the reason that I connected with you in the first place!
- we went with Infinity Solar after talking a great amount with the people involved locally, and had their bonafides checked!
- around July 2011 we had 30+ panels installed at a cost of around $20,000.
- some extra work and expense was needed in terms of tree removal, window tinting, louvre replacement, and box a/c's replaced with split systems, etc.
- our normal electricity bill was of the order of $2,500 pa.
- we have just received our first rebate of $2464 for the year from Ergon.
- bearing in mind that we are both pensioners and have paid off our house, this rebate means that we get 'free' electricity for life and the rebate pays the council rates too, and this seems like a
good reason for installing solar panels, at the time we did and for the reasons that we did and at the rate that we did. It was all about doing the sums and Infinity Solar knew all the ratios etc. so wherever I came from there were known factual amounts to work with.
- stuff the greenie philosophy which is flawed, this was strictly a business decision, which is working well for us.
- finally, I would give Infinity Solar 100% for their dealings with me at all times. They were honest brokers, rare in this day and age, people friendly and I got some built in benefits that I hadn't bargained for, e.g. the contract runs until 2027!
Finn, I hope this helps to reinforce the solar panel message. It may not suit some people, but for our situation, it has saved us a lot of money. I believe your input at that time helped our decision-making process in the face of the Irish debacle. Should I ever meet that character, I will expound at great length on the use and abuse of the concept of the Shilleaghly.
Chris and Rebecca QLD
Hi Finn - thanks for the follow up,
In relation to your service:
1. I found the information you provided critical in understanding the market offerings both locally and in Melbourne, and the pertinent questions to ask.
2. you presented a mix of Melbourne and regionally based suppliers. I liked that as I am always keen to support localised industry (we live near Bendigo)
So what happened?
1. I pursued a tender process with Madison, Cola Solar, Advance Solar and Energy Matters. I already had Solarhart going. Spec was 5+kW tier one panel supplier and SMA (or equiv) inverter installed to meet FiT obligations
2. Price discovery put 5kw system at between 2.1 and 2.5 dollars / watt installed
3. Warranty provisions varied a fair bit
4. Surety that the 30 Sep deadline could be met was a big driver for me. Not all could offer this.
5. I ended up with Madison who offered a guarantee of system installation timing along with Qcells/ Aurora system and the best warranties. They came in mid-range in the above price spread. Very happy with their service and the system went in on time to meet the FiT requirements. They did make some questionable design choices in the early part of the contract, but were very proactive in resolving any issues.
Thanks again for your service. Am now seeing my (old) meter running backwards most of the time and couldn't be happier.
Thought I'd update you - we bought from one of your trusted quotes about six months ago - CSA Solar in Brisbane. Fabulous to deal with. Now, we just received our first power bill. Grand total of $100. We only have a 1.5kW solar system, there are five people in our house most weekends (visiting stepkids :)), three of us normally, plus we have a pool, 4 tvs, computer, the usual. We are thrilled to bits - I believe that works out at about $20 a month for electricity. The panels are beautiful and the after-sales service was awesome. Thank you SO MUCH AGAIN for all your help. :)
Lisa Morrow, Brisbane, QLD
I did indeed and 2 of them are still in the running. I want tothank you for an invaluable service. I could not have negotiated the solar mine field without you. Thank you so much and keep up the good work.
Andrew, Gordonvale, QLD
Thank you Finn Peacock! NO - sadly I could NOT go ahead with the Solar Power. My wife deserves all the blame! She adamantly, categorically stubbornly etc refused to go along with that project.
I did months of homework into the subject and came to the conclusion that with a 5kw system with US designed panels and German inverter (AU 9,450) we would have paid it off in less than 5 years (loan interest and own powerbill calculated) and after that we would have had a free milking cow... That's the end of this story.
Best regards Matt
Just thought I'd let you know that Blue Mountains Solar installed our 3kw system on last Thursday. Damien was extremely helpful and informative. The work was completed neatly and professionally.
I have become a 'panel watcher'.
Thank you so much for your help as without you we wouldn't have found Damien. It was great to have the recommendations from previous customers as well as your feedback.
Again, thank you
I have just started doing research on getting a solar panel installation on my house in Oakden. I am slowly beginning to see there is a truckload of solar installers/companies even just in the tiny town of Adelaide.
I just wanted to say I appreciate you getting this website going and providing so much information and useful things.
Cheers and keep up the good work!
I used Finn Peacock through SolarQuotes.com.au. This simplified the whole enquiry process filtering the sheer volume of public advertising. In fact, I don't think I would have made the purchase without trying this website.
Additionally, SolarQuotes.com.au provided an education through all steps from pricing to start-up at the new system.
I received three company names from you last year and have had the work done now (very happy thanks) and wanted to write a testimonial but lost your email with the link to write it some months ago. Could you resend it?
Cheers and thanks for your fantastic site and the work you do.
Thanks for all your help and great websites. You should run for parliament. Finally someone that is on the level.
[Finn's note: Thanks for the kind words Andrea - but: is being compared to a Pollie a compliment???]
Thanks to your web site I have been able to make an informed individual decision on the best quality system that suited my situation within the budget I had at the time.
It is now just over 4 months since the system was installed and it is performing very well indeed.
My system is a 3KW unit mounted on a purpose built platform in line with the data presented for Adelaide on your web site and the solar activity graph on the CEC web site.
Since that time I have used the design software obtained from the inverter manufacturer’s web site to test the whole system for compliance..
The result was so close to being a 100% match, the difference equated to approx 80KW over a 12moth period.
I hope others gain the same benefit from you brilliant web site as I did.
Would like to thank Finn Peacock for his very informative website & ongoing emails, it made our decision making so much easier. We decided to go with one of the quotes arranged by Finn. The system we decided on is the Aurora Inveter & JA panels so hopefully will negate our power bills totally.
I realize that this is an automated message, however I'd like to say that your site was incredibly informative and provided the best, most easy to use guide on solar arrays. Particularly usefull was the solar panel comparison chart plus the listed reviews for each company. The sign up process with the company I chose has been easy and they sales rep had plenty of information to allay my concerns. The company has also been around a long time so I'm not worried about the longevity of the company.
I have yet to have the install completed so will let you know how it goes especially as we are so close to the June 30cut off date for the RECs and potential removal of the QLD government FiT's. I'm hoping the process goes smoothly.
Thank you very much for the resource you've provided, this industry was very much in need of this in the obvious absence of an authority regulating the cowboys in the field.
Jenny B, QLD
Well mate you have come to the forefront again, thanks for your advice. Yes i have purchased a solarhart system, and that should do the job.
I will be coming around your area around chirstmas so I'll try and catch up and buy you a few beers.
Just a follow up to my dealings with the solar company who were on of your recommendations and who installled my 4 KW system recently.
I was very happy overall with this transaction and would recommend them to others.
You are running a great service and I commend you for it.
Thank you Finn for explaining very clearly what I needed to know before buying a solar system
Hi Finn Peacock.
I have just left a feedback about Solar 2000 who installed my solar panels.
But really I want to thank YOU for the invaluable information you provided on your website.
I am on a pension so the decision to install solar panels was one I thought long and hard about. I knew nothing about how to go about choosing the best company and you solved that problem for me. A VERY BIG thankyou, and I will recommend your company to any of my friend who are thinking of installing solar panels.
I am happy for you to use this testimonial on your web page.
Cheer sand thanks once again.
Many many thanks for all your assistance. I feel more confident and knowledgeable about solar systems thanks to your input and your posts. You certainly are a wealth of knowledge! I have just ordered a system from Tru energy. Hope the rest of the experience is positive
Thankyou for developing the Solar Quotes concept into a reality. The website made the whole process of changing to solar extremely easy and fast; all the information on one site covering product types and reviews of installers. I went with Gary/Negawatts - his service was very prompt, informative and ultimately very efficient. The cost differential between the companies quoting was a few hundred dollars so the choice came down to service and confidence in the representative selling their product. Gary has given 5 star service in all aspects.
Can't remember where I got your site name from - but - I'd like to commend you on an excellent, informative and easy to read, easy to understand 'tutorial' on the solar energy system. The most important thing for me was how to make a valued judgement about all sorts of things - panel type, inverter type and so on - and especially valuable to me is the list of questions one should consider asking the sales guys.
Me 'ats off to ya, sir' - and thank you.
A HUGE thankyou! We are going with one of the three companies you referred to us- really honest, decent guys with integrity who answered all your questions (thanks for sending those!!) easily and exceeded the info required (CSA Solar, Brisbane - wonderful!!). Out of curiousity, I used the questions to call one of those "super cheap" solar deals in the paper - the guy couldn't answer half my questions, and the three answers he gave (grudgingly) revealed extra charges of $400. He didn't know what STC certificates were, and also lied straight up about the warranty - 25 year power output warranty, and when i said, 'OK, but what is the manufacturer's warranty on the panels themselves" he informed me it was 25 years as well. I checked the manufacturer's website (Tianhua) and they clearly say "24 months manufacturer's warranty". Really, it's a minefield, and I completely agree that you get what you pay for!
Thank you VERY MUCH, seriously, please feel free to use this on your testimonials page - we honestly can't thank you enough. The questions were fabulous and made a couple of installers run for the hills!
Keep up the good work, Sheriff!! :)
Lisa Morrow & family, Brisbane
I just wanted to say that SolarQuotes site is a a great site, full of information. The emails that Finn send out are also very helpful. I have had my panels installed now, and was really glad to have had the opportunity to reference this site.
Christine - SA
Finn, I was a bit sceptical about your company at first, in fact I was pissed off to get three quotes which consisted of one from adelaide, one from brisbane and one from sunshine coast, so I was going to delete your site and stop all contacts as soon as they called, if they called at all. Man I am converted. Two of your contacts called me next day, and although they are not local companies, they use LOCAL installers. Then I watched your video of an install, read the info you supplied which I can not get off any one else even if I offer a six pack. Man I know what questions to ask, What to look for, and what I should expect to see and to pay for, because it is all there courtesy of you. I would love to meet you some day and thank you personally for your assistance. In the meantime I hope you get a worthwhile commission for the help you have given me. Cheers Gerry
Gerry - Gympie QLD
Thanks for your wonderful and so very necessary info site. When we start on this Solar knowledge seeking quest we start with almost zero savvy on the subject. Willing friends have told of good or bad experiences, with the usual frequent exaggeration built in.
Fortunately I found your site after having made a list of every company that advertised in any of the media. You gave me three, all of whom came out to see me and were all very informative and helped me to decide on what I needed. I chose Blu Sky, not that he was cheapest, but because Matt did not sugar-coat any facts and gave us his best price after making the traditional "phonecall to the boss" (which they all did). I just hope that ETSA will not delay too long in changing the meter so that we can start receiving $0.52 per KWh.
Thanks very much Finn for your wonderful, helpful site. I am sure you have saved many mistakes from being made.
Tony & Rosemary
Just to let you know that I did receive the 3 quotes.
They were prompt, professional and not pushy at all.
I must thank you for your web site that carefully explains all the ins and outs of solar energy and separates fact from fiction.
It's been a massive help in determining which way to go.
Without your independent wealth of knowledge, I'd be completely lost.
Also, your newsletter, 7 Days to an Efficient Home has been most helpful.
With regard to our recent inquiry to get 3 quotes for a solar power system, I must congratulate you for the quick and expedient service. We were contacted by 3 different companies within the 24 hour period as stated. We are also very impressed with your site which is full of good informative information in lay man's terms.
John Van Horick
thankyou thankyou thankyou. My daughter has been looking into solar power for her home that is 18 months old and is more confused than ever.
As of recently, my hubby and i are also currently looking at a bush block and want to do solar power.
Your website has ALL THE INFO needed by a layman(woman) to understand not only the jargon but how the system works in a truly informative way that we both understand now what we are looking at purchasing.
I just wanted to say thankyou for your site that now has us all feeling somewhat empowered by understanding exactly what we are looking for now!!!
Firstly thanks for much for all the info on your pages - very user friendly as well as being informative.
We have our quotes for the solar panels. I am following them up because they are wildly different (around 5K and $1200) but thanks to your site I feel confident to ask the right questions and sort that out. That is not a huge issue as our house needs re-roofing before anything can go up there, and re-stumping before that,(!) so we are 6 to 12 months from panels. However we have discovered there is quite a long wait at the moment too.
An immediate difference to us though has been from your 7 day guide. After seeing the graphs of where our usage probably is we are getting a heat pump water heater installed asap. We have wood heating in winter so most of our 18kWh day must be our old electric hot water system and a few family bad habits - to help with those we are going to get one of those monitoring systems for the electricity box.
So your site has been great, I'm sure the informational and motivational help I get from there will be ongoing too.
Thanks for helping us turn our thinking and habits around.
Thanks for your attention. Yes, I did get one quote from Nablus Building Services and the price is very reasonable. However, it was one step late as we had already decided to go ahead with Eco kinetics through Harvey Norman Commercial Division. But before we made the move, I got a lot of useful information from your web site. Thanks for the excellent job!
We have received two quotes from recommended operators and just awaiting third which is to be sent by mail, was impressed with each of the operators recommended, they were quick to get in touch and kept appointments as agreed and all were very helpful with an understanding of our requirements and advice, we just have to make up our mind when third quote arrives.
Thanks Andrew Cowley
appreciate the help as this is totally new to me and there appears to be a lot of misleading info out there
I appreciated your website as I learnt a lot about the whole solar power idea before I placed my order.
Yes I have received the three quotes, thank you for all you have done, I am very impressed with your service and the quality of it.
Regards Gavan McINTYRE
Finn thanks very much for your prompt attention to this for me, your customer service is unbelievable - much appreciate and once again thanks
thankyou for spending the time to return an email
nice to see good old customer service still exists
cheers again and all the best
Finn, thanks I did and found your site invaluable re advice. With all the conflicting info out there there needs to be an independent advice.
Thanks very much for your help. We had initially signed up to go with one company and since looking around and receiving other quotes we have cancelled the first contract. The difference in price was around 10K, the difference in the three quotes was much closer around 3K for a 3kw system.
However we are now deciding that we won`t pursue this line just yet preferring to go to a much bigger system sometime in the future. Your site is a very good one and we are now much clearer about how useful solar power is and how simple installation is.
Thank you once again
What a great service you are offering!
Your website was a great first tutorial in home solar generation, and I am awaiting the quotes.
Then I will ask them the questions you suggest, and decide whether to proceed.
I look forward to the rest of your seven day course.
Yes I received two quotes and one didn't show up when they were supposed to. (Their loss not mine)
I went with Broad Energy Solutions - Greg Broad was first to call, first to give quote, first to ring back to see if we were happy with the quote, first to give us options on inverter and panel, and really seemed genuine to help and find us the best "solution". Provided references of work done, invited me to come along and see an installation being done this Saturday, and provided a flash report for all the panels purchased showing results for each panel tested. Very transparent.
We ended up going with a 3.3kw system with power one aurora 3.7kw inverter and jaiwei panels (18 x 185watt) - full installation quote came in $11,450.00. Paperwork went in for RECs yesterday, Greg made a point of coming over and getting the paperwork done and faxed before closing time so we could lock in the price.
Installation due late September or early October.
I'm really glad I used your website as the primary point for getting quotes - it took some of the guesswork out of looking through the yellow pages. Although one didn't make the effort to keep their appointment, I'm not worried as I believe I got the "best deal" and "best service" from Greg.
Thanks for your interest and well done with the service you provide - I found the daily newsletters most informative.
thanks for your assistance in organising the 3 quotes. I received the 3rd quote yesterday. It has been very interesting going through the exercise.
Also thanks for the daily questions and examles which were appreciated, overall thanks again for your assistance.
I can honestly say your lessons in energy savings have been a breath of fresh air in this "mercenary " world we live in, I cannot thank you enough and we are endeavouring to put your suggestions in place A.S.A.P.
Thank you once again.
Finn, firstly what a terrific name!! Secondly what a fantastic website and service you are providing!!!
Finn, your service and information is fantastic! Thank you so much. I have sent off an email to the local suppliers and printed off your list of 'grill' questions for the reps. I've also checked with the 'Clean Energy Council' so am feeling much more informed.
Thank you again.
Dear Mr Peacock
Thank you so much for your great site and the information that has helped me a lot.
Solar energy is quite confusing I have been contacted by all of your contractors and I am now waiting to see Austin next week and have a great quote from Nicholls Group.
It was certainly an easy way to get information and speak to providers.
Thank you again
Firstly the information on your website was invaluable, I knew nothing about Solar power until I found your website.
I Did receive the 3 quotes. Unfortunately none of them wanted to come to Pinjarra (120klm south of Perth)to actually view my place and talk to me about their product, instead they quoted from viewing my property on Google Earth and quoting on the unit I thought I needed.
Instead armed with the knowledge I received from reading the information from your website, I found a company that was willing to come and look at our power needs and they actually talked us into a smaller up-gradable unit due to our power usage not being as bad as I thought. Prior to talking to them I was prepared to use the house roof (which is facing East/West) not even thinking of placing the panels on my 20'x30' shed roof which is North facing.
anyway thanks again for the information and your time.
Thanks for all your great help Finn.
Yes, I did receive all those quotes and I'll be talking it over with my partner.
Yes I did receive quotes and now I am in the process of making a choice. Your service is top notch and one which I will surely recommend to my friends and family.
Thanks for you assistance.