Cola Solar Reviews

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About Cola Solar, Solar Installers

Cola Solar
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ABN: 94 934 763 197  ABN active since 22 Jun 2009 | The Trustee For The Bedlam Enterprises Unit Trust
ACN: 137 966 628  ACN active since 29 Jun 2009 | Bedlam Enterprises Pty Ltd
Electrical Contractor's Licenses:   (learn about electrical licenses and buying solar)
NSW: 300619C Bedlam Enterprises Pty Ltd 

VIC: REC 20946 Cola Solar 

Reviewers report paying: $3,900 - $10,000 for depending on hardware choice and installation difficulty ( how is this calculated? )

Cola Solar is a two-generation family owned and operated business based out of Bendigo, Victoria. Our goal is to offer affordable renewable energy solutions, delivered with certified professional service, and the warm welcoming customer service you expect from a family business.

Cola Solar services homes and businesses throughout Victoria.

Cola Solar are happy to work with you from design to installation in order to tailor make a renewable energy plan which best suits your budget and energy needs.

Benefits of Cola Solar

Family owned local business

Operating for over nine years

Over 4,000 installs

Specialising in residential and commercial solar

High-quality products

Professional service

We use CEC accredited installers

Multiple finance options

Comply with the Victorian Government rebate criteria

Maintenance and panel cleaning available

High Profile Installations

150kW JL King Fresh Produce

90kW National Hotel Complex

100kW Bendigo Day Surgery

100kW Hume & Iser

224kW Poyser Motor Group

32kW Bradie’s Tavern

170kW Bendigo Council 

319kW Macedon Shire Ranges Council

And many more!


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Cola Solar Solar Reviews

All good

Good to deal with and system seems to be working very well. Can’t wait to receive my power bill Show additional information

A very neat and tidy installation.

The quoting process was quick and efficient.
Installation team were punctual, Job was done quickly and cleanly.
Customer service kept in touch during the process, relevant companies were contacted provide the grid connection.
Powercor completed their part on 10 Dec, still waiting for Origin to complete the job.(They have responded)
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Slick install, good customer service from the installation team

Slick install, good customer service from the installation team. Installation team finished in half a day, after discussing layout and final electrician sign off Show additional information


Everything went well good quotes good response times and good follow up. Show additional information

I recommend Cola Solar to anyone seeking solar power

From the very start of the process, the team at Cola Solar were great to deal with. The customer service in deciding on the best system, following up information and remaining informed of the process gave us a lot of confidence. When the day came to install, the team were fast, friendly and answered every stupid questions i didn't understand about Solar. I recommend the team at Cola Solar because i don't have a bad thing to say about the quality or service throughout the process. Thanks Show additional information

Very quick install on install date (4 hours)

Men appeared everywhere and they had a quick and slick install, we're just waiting for the electrical pass to be up and running. Show additional information

installation excellent, communication from installers excellent,

Installers punctual, informative,System not turned on until inspected this arranged by installers. Show additional information

Great service, responsive, helpful & friendly

Cola Solar are so good to work with. Everyone involved did what they said they would do, on time, happily as me helpfully. Great group of responsive and capable people
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Cola Solar. Good to work with.

The quoting process was quick. The quoted price was very competitive, and was adhered to.
All staff members I dealt with were polite, well informed and helpful.
Cola Solar organised the grid connection. The only thing I had to do was fill out the form for the government grant. The staff at Cola Solar did everything else.
The installation was fast and efficient. The system is well located in that it is not obtrusive. The company staff did everything they said they would within their specified time.
The Inspector said that the installation was done very well.
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The best company we have dealt with.

Everything was clear and accurate from the first contact. All the work was done on time and very satisfactorily.
Absolutely no complaints about the whole process and the staff, both administrative and installers were polite and helpful.
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Cola Solar is highly recommended for solar and battery install

The team at Cola Solar were great to work with from start to finish. They provide a friendly, professional advice and amazing solar and battery installation.

We recieved our first electricity bill this winter and when comparing our bill for the same time last year, we seen 55% off difference in cost since we installed a battery and 6.4 kw solar setup. Very happy customer and higly recommend Cola Solar :)
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Fantastic Service

Great company to deal with. Fantastic communication and service on every level. Would recommend this company. The quote was spot on and the installation process was very professional. The guys did a great job and were very punctual on the day of installation. Show additional information

Great After Sales Service

These guys are fantastic, especially Alexis. I had problems with the system that was clearly a powercor issue. Cola Solar worked on my behalf for 6 months dealing with powercor. Not once did Alexis tell me to deal with powercor myself. Now I have a system that is better than I expected. The after sales service is as good as the sales service. When I add a battery to the system I will only go to Cola Solar. I have been is sales for over 45 years and you guys are the best I have ever seen. Show additional information

5KW Solar system and Powerwall 2 installation.

Cola Solar were very easy to speak to and I was kept up to date with all aspects of both installations. The installers could not have been any more friendly or helpful. When the jobs were completed, on both occasions, I was left with no clean up to do, very tidy and neat job. All other aspects of the install were attended to by the friendly and efficient Cola Solar staff, ie, inspection, grid approval etc. If you want a professional, well done installation,I recommend you give the team at Cola Solar a phone call. Show additional information
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Great job

From beginning to end Cola Solar was helpful and efficient. Installers were polite and informative and I have no hesitation in recommending them. Their office staff were also extremely helpful, happy and courteous. Give them a go Show additional information

Great service

From the first phone call to the aftersales service was impeccable. They were well-informed and gave us a great system. Even after the Huawei inverter malfunctioned and could have set the house on fire, they replaced it though it was some time before they could due to having to deal with huawei first. The second inverter has been working flawlessly. Show additional information

End to end process fantastic

From our first phone call with ColarSolar to our installation everything was great. The quote process, Vic Gov acceptance response was prompt and helpful. The installation was great, the team arrived on due date at time specified and carried out the work in a very professional manner and also spent time setting up our account and app monitoring process. Would highly recommend ColarSolar. Show additional information

Use someone else.

Very helpful to begin with until they got the deposit. Then waited over 2 months for anybody to make contact. I eventually called them to follow up and they said the had to conduct a site visit which would take an extra month. Took a day off work so the visit could be conducted; electrician was quite nice and helpful . One month after the site visit without any contact again I contacted them and they said that it was too hard and wouldn't be doing it. Definitely use someone else Show additional information
All the people at Cola Solar were polite, courteous and very helpful. They kept us up date with the process, and we really appreciated their frequent communication and contact with us. Show additional information

Everything went as expected.

The whole process was very painless. Everything progressed from step to step without any problems.
Installation crew were friendly and professional.
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Great installer, fantastic knowledge and good after sales service. Very Helpful

Cola Solar have been great to deal with. They were actually the cheapest of the quotes received and a well known name around Bendigo. From the quote to applying for the grant from Solar Vic they were great to deal with. They kept me updated without hassling me with constant phone calls and emails after receiving the quote. They were knowledgeable about the Solar Vic process and happy to help with it.

The installation process was easy and quick and to a high standard with the inspector arriving only days later to inspect it. Had a small problem with the wifi monitoring not working but they came around on a public holiday to get it working.

Customer service has been friendly and helpful. Recommended 100%
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Professional Job

My experience with the Solar Victoria Rebate Scheme involved dealing with the retailer Cola Solar in Bendigo.

I found the people at Solar Victoria to be helpful and courteous, given that I was on a steep learning curve and needed to ring back a number of times.

Before deciding to go with Cola Solar, I investigated the other retailers in Bendigo. One particularly memorable incident involved a retailer who tried apply for thirty rebates on behalf of customers and only succeeded in acquiring three by using three computers in their office. This led me to enquire with Solar Victoria about whether or not retailers should be making application for rebates on behalf of customers. I was informed that this not meant to happen, as you’re meant to make application yourself. Another retailer was still in the process of setting up a small rented factory.

I was successful in obtaining the rebate only after hitting the “retry” button around ten times (you need to be persistent).

The office staff at Cola Solar were extremely helpful. Especially given my usual method of finding new questions to ask.

For $650.00 and the twelve-month interest free lone, the Cola Solar team did an extremely professional job of installing fourteen panels, the inverter and the other electrical components. A well designed and neatly installed system was the result.

I’m now wondering how I ever managed to live without solar panels giving me free electricity and allowing me to do my bit for the environment.

Stephen Mooney
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Excellent and speedy install.

Sales person was courteous and knowledgeable of products requested.
Installation team arrived when scheduled and provided quality and quick works.

Customer service has been in contact via email but I am still awaiting inspection and connection to occur.
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The contract installer they used was brilliant. However there communication via email in responding to emails was average Show additional information
Answered all questions promptly. Were courteous with their interactions. Show additional information

Fanstastic installer.

Cola Solar offered a very competitive quote with high quality brands. They were very knowledgeable and professional, and this was evident throughout the whole process not just the quoting aspect. They have a very cohesive team that works well together, bringing together all the different parts of the quoting, ordering, installation and post-installation. I was kept up to date the entire time with regular emails, and when I did need to ask them questions they were informative and friendly. The panels I initially ordered were not able to be delivered but Cola Solar told me as soon as they were aware of the issue and ended up providing me the same brand panels at a higher kW for no extra cost at their own initiative. The installation itself went very smoothly with no issues at all, as did the final independent inspection. I am very happy I went through Cola Solar and highly recommend them. Show additional information
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On the whole Colar Solar were great, fantastic communication during the entire process. Everything was smooth and communication to me excellent.

The only grip and it's a minor one, all things considered.

The after install support did not seem to have a great deal of experience with the Fronius smart meter bolt on option that I purchased.
As I was keen to not only have information on the solar production but also on my own electrical usage (loads and production).

The Fronius system seems to be reporting that it has firmware updates pending.
This system has a admin password that is set by the installer, post install no one appears to know what this has been set to.

I appreciate that firmware updates can be risky and a bad one can render a device as a brick. But It would be an extra benefit to a client any pending updates were handled at the time of the install, rather than left to the consumer to either ignore (and never have the benefits of bug or security improvements) or update and non-technical user risk bricking their components. The admin password set on the smart meter should be supplied to the client, regardless if they ever intend to do anything with the system or not.

I shall follow this issue up directly with Fronius support.
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Great to do business with

Asked different people who they had used for their Solar installation and quite a few in our area suggested Cola Solar. Rang Cola Solar and after sending a few photo's (we were well out of the area to come and inspect) we settled on Cola Solar and couldn't be more pleased. The installation guys showed up on time and quickly set about doing what they do, everyone hooked in and knew what their job was without anyone clashing.

Once installation was finished, everything was explained to us and how the system should be operating and if we had any issues to contact them, which we haven't needed to do as yet.

Even when the inspector came out he pretty much explained how things should be working and what to look out for if we thought things didn't seem right was pretty much the same as Cola Solar's.

Even though the installation was part way through a electricity cycle we noticed a there was a difference on our bill and it has continued to drop.
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Excellent customer service. Great communication through every step of the process. Show additional information
Kept informed from start to finish. Met all requirements. Show additional information
The after-installation service I received was outstanding!
The system started cutting my power costs almost immediately, and to a significant degree.
The technical and administrative staff of Col Solar are both capable and helpful.
Apleasure to do business with this company!
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I think it is important to get a number of quotes, speak to people at the suppliers as well as to others who have had solar installed already. Also go for components at the top of the range if you can afford it, they do have a proven track record. Show additional information
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We have a house in Bendigo and a house in Melbourne. Cola Solar did both. We were very happy with the purchase and installation but getting support from them afterwards has been challenging. Immediately after the installation I tried to contact them because even in direct sunlight we were not getting anywhere near 1.5KW and also the monitor screen on the inverter was blinking. It took threats to engage consumer affairs and get a 3rd party to review their work (at Cola's expense) to get a response. Now, seven years later one of the inverters has failed - out of warranty apparently. Twice they said they'd call back and didn't. Now it's going to cost a large amount of money. Add that to the installation cost and the "savings" suddenly becomes a whole lot less significant. Show additional information
All good.
Thank you for recommending these solar distributors. All seemed excellent but Cola solar was a better price and very thorough.
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I initially installed a 2kW system in from another company who were based in Wangaratta April 2009, the quality of the system is really good and I haven't had any problems with it. Like most of the early systems it was quite expensive at $11,000. In April 2017 I added another 2kW system from Cola Solar which was a real bonus and it too is operating well. Show additional information
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During the rush in late 2018 for homeowners to install solar panels and thus be able to be in a position to claim the Victorian Government Solar Panel Rebate, I engaged Colar Solar to install solar panels on my roof, however they soon ran out of 275w Risen solar panels and I was contacted and offered 285w Risen solar panels in their place and to my delight at the same quoted price. Also during the electrical inspection I was reassured by the inspector that the quality of installation by Colar Solar was of a very high standard and very neatly laid out. Another plus for the Colar Solar installation company was that although there was a big rush by homeowners to get solar panels installed and thus creating a queue of homeowners waiting to have the PV panels installed, I was contacted weekly by Colar Solar via email and kept updated in relation to how my order was progressing through the process and the likely time-frame for installation. I didn't have to chase up at any stage. Show additional information
We have used Cola Sola for the installation of hot water service, solar panels and Tesla battery. For each job, they have been professional, prompt and helpful. We have no hesitation in recommending Cola Solar for these types of jobs. Show additional information
Finding a good electric supply company has been crucial. Recently changed my plan with Momentum, and firdt bill was a credit. Very happy. Show additional information
Cola Solar are a great Company to deal with.
Sales people were excellent and the office staff kept me regularly informed of the progress from initial discussions to completed installation.
Installation staff very efficient, excellent work and completely cleaned the site before departing!
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"Definitely a 10 from us."
"What can I say about Cola Solar?"

Well right from the first email we sent several weeks ago until the completed install we give them a ten out of ten.

Constant communication leading up to our install day was amazing. A very professional team turned up on time and I was especially impressed with their great workmanship. I taught A Grade Electrical students in TAFE in the 80's and I know good workmanship when I see it.

Thanks Cola Solar.
Definitely a 10 from us.
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Overall this company was fantastic both with communication and installation of the system. They're after sales support and help have been outstanding. Show additional information
Customer service is non existent as soon as you are signed up. After several stuff ups by incompetent staff the General Manager promised to send us a Bunnings gift card to make up for some of the inconvenience they caused. 3 months later and after 2 follow ups and promises from I have given up on receiving it! Show additional information
Cola Sola gave me good follow up all through the process. They explained the process well and answered my questions. Both the office staff and the installers were friendly and easy to get along with. Very happy with their service. Show additional information
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