Solargain Reviews

Based on 766 reviews Aus Ranking

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Average Customer Review

  • Value
    4.13
  • System Quality
    4.28
  • Customer Service
    4.23
  • Installation
    4.41

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About Solargain, Solar Installers

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Solargain is one Australia’s largest solar companies employing over 170 staff and have been a mainstay in the solar power industry since it began. The company started as a one many plumbing business in 1995, servicing and installing hot water and solar hot water. In 2005, the company Solargain was officially formed. In 2008, Solargain dived into solar power, long before it became mainstream. Priding themselves on quality solar, they are proud of the following achievements:

1. One of Australia’s only fully Quality ISO 9001 certified solar organisations.

2. Installed over 65,000 systems nationally, which ranks third nationally in total installed capacity.

3. Have consistently been in the top 5 installers (by volume) nationally for the last five years according to Sunwiz.

4. Solargain is a CEC Approved Solar Retailer and only employs CEC Accredited Installers & Designers.

5. Was one of the very first CEC certified organisations, installing systems before solar took off under the original $8000 rebate.

6. Chosen for many commercial projects, including the 1 MW project for the City of Cockburn ARC in Western Australia in 2017.

 

Solargain offers and services almost anything solar related. With major offices in Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria, they have one of the widest service networks of any solar company.

Solargain Solar Reviews

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Avoid Solargain and their subcontractor Elite Solar

Solargain and their subcontractor do not know the technology they are installing. Solargain sent their subcontractor Elite Solar to my house to install a 10kW system. They recommended that the inverter be installed by the front door. I asked if there would be any noise and was told there be a slight hum. When the system was first turned on it was quite noisy and I queried the installer who confessed that he had only installed small inverters before and didn't realise an 8kW inverter would be so loud. The Fronius inverter is so noisy that it is unpleasant to sit in the yard in front of the house. Solargain came out to inspect the inverter and agreed it was noisy. A month later they said it would cost $1500 to relocate. I disagreed. They came back and said they would move it for $750. I disagreed. Now Solargain do not reply to my emails.

Additionally, Elite Solar punctured 8 holes through my cathedral ceiling by mistake. On the first day Elite Solar turned up and said I needed to upgrade the cable from my switchboard to street, which has cost about $2000.

My recommendation is to avoid Solargain, Elite solar, and Fronius inverters.
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Two systems ie original 5Kw with IG inverter and second 5kw system working alongside but with Fronius Primo inverter. Average putting back around 3.5 times what we use into the grid and have not paid a power bill for years and remain in credit. Haven't actually worked it out but original system and 60c FIT nullified power bills and paid for 5Kw additional system. All round an excellent experience but not something to go into blindly. Estimate the two systems have paid for themselves and are now earning. Show additional information
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Solargain is listed on your site so I did get the name from you. Their products are all good and their price was better than the 3 quotes I had. Your site proved very useful again (I used your service last time I had solar installed). Many thanks,
David
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It shouldn't take over an hour to give a quote. After 10 mins I had already moved to the next. Show additional information
Your website completely influenced the system we chose based on all the valuable information provided but we were not completely satisfied with your choice of referred companies. Show additional information
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We got 4 quotes, out of these will only considered Solargain. Reasons being this company has lasted the tested of time and have a good record.
Solargain won out because they explained all of our options and suggested the best system for our situation. Which was a 15kw as opposed to the 10 kw systems the other quoted. As our property is connected to a 3 phase power supply.
This quote were discussed with our energy supplier to enquire whether the system would be accepted (which it will be) and they confirmed what Solargain had told us.
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Solargain was the original installer of a 2KW system and their price for an upgrade was reasonable and not completely confusing and misleading like the three you recommend.

The reason why I tried the three you recommended was I wasn't happy with Solargain management but the installation was excellent
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You were extremely helpful in all ways it was price and local person solar gain, and that was as much as I was prepared to pay in our situation. I am sure you would have given me better advise which would have saved me a lot of stress re changing electricity company, well after solar was put in. Any way thank you for your help and wish you all the best and would recommend you anytime cheers Jude. Show additional information
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I can't comment on the installation yet as it hasn't happened. Show additional information
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I like dealing with Michael from Solargain. He knew his industry and product and appeared reliable always getting back to me promptly with any queries. Show additional information
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Listened to what I wanted, communicated well throughout, reliable, system (16 QCells with enphase microinverters) worked perfectly from day 1. Show additional information
Solargain were very helpful with followup questions and were able to deliver to original spec as requested.
Kept me well informed
Installers arrived on time and kept me informed with any issues
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Very happy with their service and workmanship. Tom in the Melbourne office was great to deal with and very prompt to answer my many questions during the whole process. The installation team was first class and did a great job with my cathedral ceiling install. They also cleaned the sit and even took some of my old boxes away with them. Very highly recommend Solargain... Show additional information
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I found solarquotes website very useful.
Solarquotes site practicality answered most of my questions.
I also found mcelectrical.com.au &
I spend 3-4 weeks researching solar panels & got into the finer details.
The hole process has educated me, so thank you.
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After a rocky start with another Company that could not deliver the system even after I paid a deposit, I went with Solargain because their quote was very good and the salesman who dealt with me was good and kept me informed. After one cancelled install date (the office did not know that I had my smart meter already fitted) the second install date went ahead as planned. On the day, the installers (Impressive Electrical in Sydney) told me that they did not have all the panels required for my system but they started anyway. The day was not good with showers on and off and they did what they could and said that they would come back in the New Year to finish it off. The next morning they arrived with all the panels and finished off the job. I was very happy that Dwayne Ellis (the owner of Impressive Electrical) re-scheduled his other jobs to complete ours.

I have to say that the team from Impressive Electrical were very professional and thorough and I’m happy to have chosen Solargain for our PV system, especially after I had such a rocky start with another company. The system (Qcell panels with Enphase microinverters) is up and running and it’s a bit of a novelty to check the App to see what's being generated and what's being consumed etc.

I must say the whole PV experience has been a difficult one with many quotes and varying quality panels and inverters together with companies that can't follow through with their claims (not Solargain). It is very difficult to find a quality company to supply and then install your system but with my particular system Solargain were good to deal with and more importantly the installers (Impressive Electrical in Sydney) did a great job.
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The system was just installed today so I can not comment on quality/performance yet. However, I had excellent service so far from the sales person and installers. Show additional information
Very tidy install with what looks to be quality fittings. Installation was quick and nothing to clean up after they left. Very heavy rainfall on days immediatelyl after install and no leaks in roof. Show additional information
Yet to install however SolarGain have been great to deal with so far. Show additional information
I rated the customer service as 3 - perhaps a little harsh - because of the following factors :
- I have yet to receive a revised estimate from Solargain of the power which will be generated - given that the layout eventually installed was different from the initially proposed one. I was told at the time of installation that Solargain ACT would prepare a revised estimate - but it hasnt yet arrived.
- I was also told that they advise ACTEWAGL of the installation, and that ACTEWAGL is always 'prompt/quick' in replacing the meter and allowing connection to feed into the grid. The panels were installed on 1 November - and I had received verbal advice (from Solargain) that the meter change would occur on 27 Nov.
However, when I independently checked by contacting ACTEWAGL I determined that ACTEWAGL had not even assigned a date for meter swap - it was only my followup which prompted ACTEWAGL to set an actual date.
- Whether by accident or design the date ACTEWAGL agreed upon for swapping the meter (which they have since confirmed in writing) was the 27 November. One wonders where the 'slipup' occurred - at Solargain end or ACTEWAGL (I suspect the latter).
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The solar panels have now been installed 18 days and the system is still not working. The inverter is on NIGHT MODE ON.

We have called SolarGain every day, several times a day about the unit not working at all, obviously they don't care as they now have our money and we havent received anything for the money we paid except a dead solar unit.

I think it is time we contact ACCC
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Bought from Solargain Brisbane. Their sales rep Marcus was the most proactive of the numerous reps I sought quotes from and talked through different options very well. Overall, they offered the best mix of price and quality. Installation occurred within a week of confirming the purchase. System seems to be performing very well, producing up to 37 kWh on a cloudless day, on track to eliminate electric bill at the current usage/ feed in rate.

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The system I purchased appears to be very good and SolarGain supplied it at a very competitive price. The main problem I have is that I'm waiting to be able to switch it on! This can't happen until the installer submits an application to the ACT planning authority and they approve it. Solargain informed us (only after several phone calls!) that the planning authorities allow the installers two weeks to do this. Apparently the installers intend to use that entire time and Solargain does nothing to encourage them to speed up the process. Why is this? Well because Solargain insists that the customer pays in full when the installation is done. So what do they care? Not at all, apparently.
All through the process (well after signing up with Solargain at least) the communication from them has been virtually non-existent. The communication from the installer WAS actually non-existent. At the end of the first day of the installation (it took 3 days), I opened the door to ask when they'd be finished only to discover that they had ALL left the site without so much as a 'goodbye'! Unbelievable.
When complaining about the delay and poor communication to the Solargain 'customer service' rep and listening to her spout a lot of company policy at me and how they have ISO9000 accreditation (blah blah whatever), I asked why I should not be informed in advance and, preferably, at every stage of the installation/approval process what the next step would be and when it would happen. She told me that "we have a lot of customers and we couldn't possibly do that for every individual one". So I suppose that tells you how much you are valued as a customer if they couldn't be bothered implementing a simple system to achieve that. Surely that would not be difficult. In the meantime, Solargain is no doubt earning interest on the many thousands of dollars I and other customers have given them.
This is supposed to be an established and reputable company and I'm reasonably sure that when my system eventually starts working it will perform well. However, despite the things that Solargain does well it could so very easily do much better in the areas of communication, customer service and effective management of their contractors. Not good enough!!
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