If you’re a homeowner tired of paying thousands of dollars a year for power, chances are you’ve thought about adding solar panels to your roof. With Canberra having so many sunny days a year, solar panels are a great way to reduce your energy bills and contribute to a brighter future. And while solar power has always been beneficial, today it’s more accessible and cost-effective than ever.
Solar panel installation isn’t a DIY activity, so if you want to take advantage of solar power in your home or business, you’ll need a professional solar panel installer to get the job done.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a solar panel installer and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great solar panel installation company?
To protect your investment and get the most value from your solar panels, you’ll want to select an installer who has had proper training, has a great track record and is willing to provide advice on what suits your needs.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a solar panel installation company:
- Licensed experts. There’s more to solar panel installation than whacking up panels on a roof. The best solar panel installers are green-energy experts and can guide you towards a purchase that works for your needs and budget. On top of this, licensing is key, as both retailers and installers must hold a government-issued electrical licence. Also note that only an ACT-licensed electrician can provide a certificate of compliance covering the system and electrical work. To check on the validity of your installer’s licence, visit Access Canberra’s list of licensed electricians.
- Friendly, respectful and professional. As with any customer-facing job, the best in the solar panel installation business treat customers with respect and get the job done to professional standards. They respond to queries efficiently, send quotes promptly and keep you informed as work progresses.
- Value for money. While solar panels are an investment, you should expect value for money with the company you choose. It’s a good idea to obtain a few quotes from several installers before making a final decision.
- Warranty. Be sure to check that the solar installation company you choose provides written warranties for products and services. Read these warranties carefully.
- Understanding government incentives. Depending on where you live, and your income, you may be eligible for government rebates or other incentives that could reduce the cost of solar panel installation. A great solar panel installation company is up to date with the latest incentives and can advise on how you can take advantage of them. You can also check government websites for offers.
Important essentials to check before engaging a solar installer
To ensure quality and professionalism, a couple of minutes spent checking the following will help to give you peace of mind:
- Confirm the provider runs a registered business through the Australian Business Registration website.
- Ensure the provider holds an appropriate electrical licence by checking the Access Canberra list of licensed electricians.
- Check that designers and installers are appropriately accredited by the peak industry body, the Clean Energy Council.
- Ensure all panels and inverters are approved by the Clean Energy Council.
- Verify the provider’s public liability insurance and level of cover.
- Be clear on contracted inclusions, terms and conditions.
The best solar panel installers in Canberra
Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintained a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
With more than 12,000 systems installed in Canberra and surroundings, and with 10 years of experience in the market, SolarHub is the largest Canberra-based solar and energy storage installer.
Not only does SolarHub source its solar panel products from reputable manufacturers like Q Cells and Sunpower, but it is also recognised as a SolarEdge Preferred Partner and a Tesla Powerwall Premium Installer. The company provides solutions for solar PV systems, energy storage, air conditioning, EV charging and efficient home appliances, only working with the best brands and technologies that SolarHub has itself tried and tested.
SolarHub has significant in-house workforce with electricians, apprentices and trade assistants for installation and maintenance, multiple engineers for system design and technical support, and a broad operations team to manage their large installation capacity.
SolarHub always takes the time required to ensure customers understand their needs and requirements. They work with you to design the best system for your budget. Customers can request a quote online and a renewable energy consultant will be in touch.
As Janet Jenista wrote on Google, “Friendly, efficient and thorough! We wanted solar panels installed and to support a local business - SolarHub was the logical choice. We are grateful to the team for their helpful explanations in the planning stages and timely updates during the installation process. They made it super easy.”
ECG Electrical is proudly Canberran solar and electrical company, offering stellar service that you can rely on. With fair and honest pricing, a passion for serving the Canberran community, guaranteeing professionalism and friendliness, and making sure your needs are met every step of the way, ECG works hard to ensure that each and every job is delivered to the highest quality of workmanship.
Although only officially established in January of 2019, the folks at ECG have over ten years’ experience, making them experts in their field. You can trust their teams of well-trained labourers, technicians, apprentices and tradespeople with the safe installation of high-quality solar panels in your home, and be rest assured that once the job is completed, ECG will ensure that everything is working soundly, and do a thorough handover so that you fully understand your new system.
If your home presents unique challenges to having solar panels installed, ECG’s qualified technicians and certified solar installers can offer you a personalised system. Taking into account panel selection, placements and any required upgrades to your existing system, ECG will work hard with you to ensure that your purchase is just right for your home.
As happy customer Tony Barber writes in this Google review of their experience with ECG, “Very happy with the install of our new solar system through ECG electrical. They were affordable, efficient & reliable and did a great job, well done boys. We will be referring ECG to others.”
Select Electrical and Solar Solutions was founded to solve the industry wide disconnect between company and customer. During his time as an electrician, Managing Director Joshua Hollis observed a growing focus on completing as many jobs as possible. He also saw that not enough time was being spent on customer needs with quality, detailed and attentive service.
In 2017, Joshua started Select Electrical and Solar Solutions with a vision to develop energy solutions, while providing friendly, professional service through a motivated workforce who love what they do.
The company, which provides clean, safe and renewable energy, is more than just a team of electricians. It is a team of innovators who always seek fresh ways to provide enduring benefits for customers (residential and commercial) and employees.
Select Electrical and Solar Solutions recognises that every homeowner or business has unique needs. The company prides itself on delivering bespoke renewable solutions while complying with Australian standards.
With more than 30 years’ combined experience, Select Electrical and Solar Solutions’ modern, innovative team has the capacity to deliver on residential and commercial projects spanning from 3KW to 2MW.
Select Electrical and Solar Solutions has a wide range of products and services. It always places customers first and is entirely confident it has a solution for every project.
Free quotes are available online.
On Google, Andrea Anderson wrote, “Select Electrical did all our down lights and solar panels. Select Electrical was professional and provided a great quality service.”
SunBuilt Solar never compromises on quality. A local Clean Energy Council approved solar retailer, SunBuilt Solar sees customers through the transition to solar as seamlessly as possible, with direct and honest advice that saves money.
Services include selling and installing the best industry products, including photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and inverters, heat pump hot water systems, solar hot water systems, energy storage, and electric vehicle chargers. All installers are Clean Energy Council approved and provide great quality workmanship and attentive customer care.
SunBuilt Solar is committed to assisting Australian households to become more self-sufficient and less reliant on fossil fuels. Experienced, reliable consultants begin every project with a site evaluation and provide proactive advice on the best energy solutions for individual customer needs, accounting for Canberra’s diverse climate.
Beyond installation, SunBuilt Solar’s skilled team services PV solar panels and inverters, solar hot water and heat pump hot water systems, to provide maximum efficiency. They can put a maintenance plan in place to inspect and service every five years, or more often if required. This way, customers protect the longevity and efficiency of their solar systems.
SunBuilt Solar’s products are all reputable and have undergone extensive testing.
Sanny Saengmanee wrote on Google, “Happy with the whole process. SunBuilt gave the best price when comparing with other well-known solar company in Canberra. The installers were also great. Arrived on time and consulted with me first before completing the task on the day. Highly recommend.”
Mondiaux is a Canberra-based clean energy provider that has installed rooftop solar panels for homeowners and businesses since 2011. It uses leading solar panel brands like Risen, Sunpower and Qcells, which have longer warranty periods and are said to perform better than other brands.
Having partnered with RSPCA in 2021, Mondiaux Solar are donating a portion of all sales to RSPCA.
When you choose Mondiaux to install your solar panels, you can expect high quality products, reasonable prices and work completed by certified installers to an exceptional standard. Every project is customised to suit the client's unique energy needs, while Mondiaux's comprehensive aftersales service ensures that you're supported long after installation is complete.
In addition to solar panel installation, Mondiaux also specialises in battery storage systems and solar panel cleaning.
Read success stories from recent Mondiaux projects.
As jormahome wrote on RiotACT, "After 12 months of research i finally decided on MONDIAUX... Howard was excellent in his service before and after the installation. The installation was done in one day. Howard then spent time explaining and setting up my online account. He also has answered all my follow up questions."
Capital Solar Maintenance’s experienced team maximises the system performance and efficiency of commercial and residential solar systems from 1 kW to over 500 kW. Services include cleaning, inspections and repairs, all designed for peak performance of PV systems, saving clients time and money. Founded in 2018, Capital Solar Maintenance is fully insured. Staff have height safety training.
On Facebook, Alison Elizabeth wrote, “Great experience with Capital Solar Maintenance replacing our solar inverter and switch. Very impressed and would highly recommend.”
If you’re looking for more information on saving money through energy-efficiency measures at home or in your business, you might like our article on the best solar battery installers, the best solar panel cleaners and maintenance, the best electricians and the best insulation and double-glazing companies Canberra has to offer. As for electricity, check out our article on the best electricity providers in the region, or read through our energy-saving tips for Canberra homes and businesses.
Your experience with solar panel installers in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I decide whether it’s worth investing in solar?
A professional solar panel installer will want to come on site to assess whether it’s worth it for you to invest in solar and, if so, how many and what type of panels best suit your property. They’re experts at customising solutions and helping you work out opportunities.
What size system should I choose for the most savings?
Sizing the right solar panel system is an area of expertise and involves much more than just looking at your electricity bill and picking a system that produces enough electricity to match your usage. A qualified, reputable and knowledgeable solar panel installer will look at many factors for you, including your home energy-usage patterns, the orientation and angle of your roof and even what utility company you use. With a range of data, they can then recommend the best options.
How can I assess whether a solar panel installation company is a good one?
You should do some homework. Check out their website for evidence of their qualifications, experience and track record. You can ask an assessor to come to your home to check out their professional approach and communications style (if they can’t explain your solar options in non-technical language, think about using another installer). Look online for reviews. Ask for references and testimonials. Compare several companies to see which gives you the most confidence.
Do solar panel installers have to be licensed and insured?
It’s critical that the solar panel installation company you choose has proper licensing and insurance. You’ll also want to choose a company that has extensive experience and a proven track record.
Are government rebates available?
A quality solar panel installer should be across any federal or state/territory government rebates in operation and should be able to advise you on these and point you to more detailed information online.