Take 5: A guide to installing solar

Learn about the solar power installation process from purchase to installation and connection in five easy steps.

Step 1. Purchase.

Everyone enjoys a different lifestyle and lives by a different budget. That’s why when it comes to paying for your system, AGL solar offers a range of payment options:

  • Buy your solar system outright.
  • No interest 2 year payment plan.
  • Low interest 5 year payment plan.

Tip.

Before you purchase your solar system, have a think about your current energy requirements and whether these might change; for example, you may have another baby, starting a home-based business or enter retirement and spend more time at home. This will help AGL solar select the best system size for you and your lifestyle.

Step 2. Arrange installation time.

You’ll work with AGL to find a time that works best for you. Installation times are Monday to Friday and Saturday in some locations, so it’s best to check when you book in your installation time to see what times are available. This means you may not need to take any time off work or reschedule existing plans – so there’s little disruption to your day.

Did you know?

You actually only need to be present at the beginning and end of the installation to sign paper work. So, if you have errands to run or need to return to the office, you can leave your property for a few hours.

Step 3. Install system.

Installing your system does take a few hours. Times will vary depending on a number of factors including your system size, if you have a single or double-storey house, the positioning of the inverter, tilt frames and splitting panels across various roof parts.

As a guide, if you’re installing a 1.5kW system, your home will need 6 solar panels. And if you’re installing a 3kW system, you’ll require 12 solar panels. Installation should take approximately half a day to a day (if there’s nothing unusual that needs to be addressed).

Tip.

To make the day even more efficient, check that your roof is free from shade and in good condition prior to your installation day and clear away any obstructions that would hinder access to your property.

Step 4. Connect to grid.

Next, an independent assessor or distributor representative (depending on the state you live in) will do a house visit to inspect your solar system and connect it to the grid. Rest assured, on the day of installation, AGL will run all the necessary checks to ensure your system is correctly installed and functioning properly before leaving your property. 

Did you know?

If your connection does take longer than anticipated, it could be because the distributors are ensuring everything is set up correctly and ready to go – so there’s no need to worry.

Step 5. The system is switched on.

This is probably the most exciting day – the day you’re connected to the grid and your home is on its way to being powered by solar. Now you have greater control of your energy costs whilst helping the environment.

Tip.

To help maximise your solar system, try using some of your appliances during the day, like washing machines and dishwashers.

Now that you have all of the information that you need, it’s time to take the next big step in securing a solar system for your home. As soon as you are set up and ready to go you’ll be ready to start saving.