About Finn Peacock

I'm a Chartered Electrical Engineer, Solar and Energy Efficiency nut, dad, and founder of SolarQuotes.com.au. My last "real job" was working for the CSIRO in their renewable energy division.

The Best Home Batteries In 2022 – According To The Pros

Best solar batteries in 2022 - Australia

If you’re looking to buy a solar battery in 2022, you’ll find at least 32 brands available in Australia. But which is best? [Read more…]

The Best Solar Inverters In 2022 – According To The Pros

Best solar inverters 2022 - Australia

Every year, more solar inverter brands arrive on the Australian market. But which one should you choose for your solar power system?

I think the best people to answer this question are the people that have to install, commission, maintain and support those inverters every day: the solar installers. [Read more…]

These Are The Best Solar Panels To Buy In 2022 – According To The Pros

best solar panels in 2022?

What are the best solar panels to put on an Australian roof in 2022?

I think the best people to answer that question are professional, Australian installers. [Read more…]

Solar Panels On A Flat Roof? Consider East-West Tilts

To maximise the solar energy generated over a year, the perfect roof to install solar panels on in Australia is large, north-facing and inclined at an angle close to the location’s latitude.

Panels mounted parallel to this perfect roof will be optimised for annual energy yield, and in most parts of Australia, should seldom need cleaning. Thanks to their angle, rain will slide off, cleaning as it goes.

Flat roofs are not ideal for solar. [Read more…]

Why Landscape Solar Panels Can Be Better (But More Expensive)

Have you ever noticed that most solar panels installed on Australian roofs are mounted in portrait orientation?

Portrait is more popular because solar panels are cheaper and quicker to install this way.

This post will explain why panel orientation can matter, and why you may be better off with landscape panels despite the extra effort required to install them. [Read more…]

Best Home Batteries In 2021? The Brands Top Solar Installers Trust

Best solar batteries in 2021 as voted by Australian installers

If one renewable energy technology for your home deserves particularly careful due diligence, it’s the home battery system. A solar battery is an incredibly dense box of energy. If something goes wrong, the consequences could be dire. [Read more…]

Best Solar Inverters In Australia? Here’s What Installers Trust In 2021

Best solar inverters in 2021 as voted by Australian installers

There are a lot of solar inverter brands on the Australian market in 2021. But which ones are the best?

That’s a tough question to answer. So we asked installers we trust what they thought. [Read more…]

Best Solar Panels In Australia? Top Brands Chosen By Installers In 2021

Best solar panels in 2021 chosen by Australian installers

Which solar panels would the top installers in Australia put on their homes?

Since I started writing about solar energy in 2009, one of the most common questions put to me is:

“Finn, what are the best solar panels?”

[Read more…]

I’ve Seen The Future And It’s Tesla’s New UK VPP

Tesla UK virtual power plant - VPP

Late last month Tesla, in partnership with electricity retailer Octopus Energy, announced a new Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in the UK. Interestingly, Tesla’s UK VPP is a much simpler proposition than Tesla’s Australian VPP. [Read more…]

Catch Solar Relay: Put Your Solar Self Consumption On Autopilot

Catch solar relay review

The Catch Solar Relay is a cheap, simple & smart way to improve your solar self-consumption.

As we approach the final quarter of 2020 even COVID can’t stop Australians installing more solar than ever before.

And with so much solar electricity being generated in the middle of the day, the value of energy between 10 am and 3 pm is falling. [Read more…]