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Don’t waste your energy this summer

Summer is finally here, and brings with it Aussie favourites like juicy mangos, dips in the pool, and watching test cricket with the aircon on full blast. But when the mercury rises, for many Austr...

Solar storage and the Virtual Power Plant – What you need to know

Batteries have fast become an important part of the South Australian energy equation. On one hand, homeowners with rooftop solar can now store the energy their panels generate during the day for...

How solar installers determine the best system for your home

You’ve probably thought of installing solar but not sure where to start. The concept of solar panels capturing and converting energy is straightforward but did you know that an audit of the Clean E...

What is the warranty on my solar system from Clipsal Solar?

Clipsal Solar selects suppliers of panels and inverters based on their reputation for quality.  In the event that there is an issue, the warranty for panels is typically 25 years and inverters have...

What if I have a small, older system with a high Feed-in-Tariff?

Customers with older systems that are on high FITs often consume most of their solar energy and in practice do not earn much from their high FIT.  Even if they are exporting power to the grid, thei...

If I choose to install more solar panels, will I need to change inverters?

If your energy requirements increase because of additional solar panels then an inverter with greater generating capabilities will be needed. However, you can plan for the future and install an inv...

How much does solar cost?

Australians are fortunate that solar prices are much lower than what they are throughout the rest of the world. Thanks to state and federal incentives and a highly competitive solar market, the med...

Are there differences in quality between inverters?

Yes, the manufacturer of your inverter is important. All inverters included in our packages are grid-tie inverters which meet the highest manufacturing standards and are certified to Australian sta...

Where should I place my inverter?

It is best to keep your inverter in the shade as direct sunlight will reduce its lifespan. If a shaded area isn’t easily accessible, an awning or cover can be mounted to protect your inverter from ...

What type of inverters do Clipsal Solar use as a part of their solutions?

Included in all Clipsal Solar Power System Packages are grid-tie inverters. Clipsal Solar typically installs inverters from the top Australian brands including Fronius, SolarEdge and Sungrow.

How solar inverter works?

The basic function of a solar inverter is to convert DC power generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to AC power, turning the energy into usable electricity.

Do I need an inverter?

Yes. The inverter is responsible for converting (or ‘inverting’) direct current (DC) output from a solar panel into alternating current (AC) which power AC-powered appliances in your home such as y...

What’s the difference between P type and N type cells?

P type cells have a positive base (hence ‘P’) that attract negatively charged electrons, whereas N type cells do the opposite - base is negative and the electrons travel from the negative bottom to...

How long will my solar panels last?

Your solar panels will come with a product warranty - guaranteeing the product will last - and an output warranty - guaranteeing its performance. For basic solar panels, this is usually 10 to 15 ye...

What are solar panels made from?

Most solar panels on the market are made from a type of silicon, the most common being crystalline silicon.

How does temperature affect my solar panels?

Solar panels are rated up to 85 degrees Celsius.  Power output does vary with temperature and is highest at low temperatures.  Panels generate electricity down to -40 degrees Celsius.

Can snowfall or extreme cold cause panels to freeze?

Snow tends to melt or slide off solar panels before is causes any hindrance in performance.

What about hail damage?

Most high-quality solar panels are able to withstand hail. However, just like your car or roof of your house, it is possible for hail damage to occur. Check with your insurance provider if your sol...

Can panels freeze?

Cold weather does not inhibit electricity production as the photovoltaic cells absorb light not warmth. In fact, cold weather can actually be beneficial, a colder climate actually enables solar pan...

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels absorb sunlight with photovoltaic cells, generating direct current (DC) and then convert it to usable alternating current (AC) through an inverter. AC energy then flows through the hom...

How much does solar storage cost?

Battery prices include installation, labour and equipment costs and range from $1000/kWh to $1500/kWh. A 10kWh LG Chem battery. for example, could therefore cost $12,500 installed. However, this pr...

What’s the lifespan of a battery?

The lifespan of a battery is measured in cycles and total energy throughput. We measure the number of full charge/discharge cycles and total energy and tracks the expected life of the battery, and ...

What kind of battery do I need if I’m not connected to the grid?

With an off-grid system you will need a generator for overcast days. You will also need an off-grid capable battery. The Tesla Powerwall 2. LG Chem and Alpha ESS can be used off-grid under certain ...

How long does solar storage take to install?

A battery takes on average 2 to 4 hours to install. Much of the work is related to splitting out the critical loads into a separate section of you service panel.

Can I feed power from my solar storage into the grid and get feed-in tariffs?

Once your battery is fully charged the electricity generated by your solar panels will be sold to the main grid. Your electricity retailer may put a limit on how much you can export, so it’s best t...

How long does a battery charge last?

Battery life depends on your electricity consumption. If you operate multiple energy-intensive appliances such as your aircon, pool pump and washing machine, your battery may only last between 2 to...

What happens if there is a blackout?

All of the batteries that we provide have the ability to form their own grid during a blackout. This is necessary to provide backup power to the critical loads. This is not the case for all batteri...

How do I select a battery to meet my needs?

We analyse your electricity consumption and help you design a critical load panel to select a battery which meets your current and projected energy storage requirements.

Can I add solar storage to my existing solar system?

The batteries we supply can be integrated into any solar PV system on the market through AC-coupling.

What batteries does Clipsal Solar provide?

We stock storage batteries from manufacturers including Tesla, Sonnen, LG Chem and Alpha ESS. These batteries and their companies are evaluated by our experts. We only recommend top-tier suppliers ...

Can solar storage be installed outside?

Batteries can be installed outside, but it’s recommended you install your battery in a well-shaded area out of direct sunlight to prevent excess heat which can cause long-term damage. best leave th...

Will solar storage get cheaper?

Battery prices are becoming increasingly more affordable as more manufacturers enter the market.

What’s the typical ROI on batteries?

Your return on investment depends on your initial investment and your electricity consumption. However, a battery is not just a financial investment as it also provides you with backup power. We he...

Why do I need a solar storage?

A battery allows you to store excess electricity generated by your solar panels for use during the night and when the power goes out, further reducing your dependency on the grid and saving you mor...

How do I know if my solar panels are working?

While it’s easy enough to check if your solar power system is on and functioning, this does not necessarily indicate that it is working at optimum efficiency. Pulse runs system health checks to ens...

I use most of my electricity after 6pm - should I get solar?

Solar panels require sunlight to generate energy, so most households with solar still rely on grid energy at night. If the bulk of your household’s consumption happens at night, it may be wise to i...

Will solar work during a blackout?

Solar alone does not work when the grid goes down to protect line workers when doing repairs.  To power your home with solar power when the grid goes down, you must install a battery that supports ...

Is solar worth the investment?

Whether solar is right for your home will depend on your lifestyle and electricity consumption. Our consultants will factor these in when determining the requirements of your home and will show you...

What can I expect to save with solar power?

Each household is different, which means the specific amount of savings comes down to a number of factors including the size of your solar system, your energy consumption and your electricity rate ...

Are solar panels covered by home insurance?

Yes, but you must update your home and contents insurance policy to include solar panels.

Can I add to my existing system?

If you find your energy needs are increasing, Clipsal Solar can help you to determine the solar options  to meet your needs. This may include adding additional solar panels or a solar storage batte...

Will I still get an electricity bill?

While solar can reduce the amount of electricity you consume from the grid (billed via energy retailers), you will still receive an electricity bill from your retailer. How much you will need to pa...

Will solar save me money?

Australians pay some of the highest electricity prices in the world. As renewable energy adoption gains momentum, solar power systems are quickly becoming more efficient and affordable, with many p...

What is solar energy?

Solar power is a renewable, natural energy source. In photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems, electrons are split from photons (light particles) in the photovoltaic cells of solar panels to create a...

Why choose Clipsal Solar?

Clipsal Solar is part of a 100-year old Australian company backed by Schneider Electric.  We have the legacy and resources to support you over the life of your system. Once we’ve installed your sys...

Why does Clipsal Solar want to help me save?

Electricity bills are too costly and confusing and that’s not fair so, we’re challenging the status quo. We’re here to help you get the most use and electricity bill savings from your solar by enab...

How can Clipsal Solar help me save?

Pulse tracks your solar power system’s energy generation and measure your home’s electricity consumption in real-time. And through sophisticated data analytics offers personalised insights and advi...

How frequently will Clipsal Solar evaluate my retail electricity plan?

Clipsal Solar runs automated retail plan checks on a semi-annual basis to determine if your retail plan is is the best one for your electricity needs.  We have a massive database of electricity rat...

Is Clipsal Solar independent?

We don’t make solar panels or storage batteries; nor do we take kickbacks from energy retailers to promote certain products or plans. We only develop innovative software and technologies to save yo...

What is Clipsal Solar?

Clipsal Solar is a technology company that takes the cost and confusion out of electricity through sensors, data-enabled algorithms and machine-learning technology. Pulse enables you to make better...

Is Pulse compatible with my existing solar system?

Pulse can be easily integrated into any existing solar power system to start saving you more immediately.

Does Pulse check my solar system to ensure it is running optimally?

Your solar savings are only as good as your solar production. Pulse runs system health checks to ensure your solar system is running in peak condition and sends automatic alarm notifications when y...

How do I know if my solar system investment is paying off?

Pulse offers a return on investment calculator that tracks your solar generation and electricity rates to calculate your costs and predict your solar system’s return on investment accurately over t...

How does Pulse work?

Pulse uses IoT sensors integrated into your home to monitor your solar production, battery storage and electricity consumption. It measures individual appliances such as air conditioners, pool pump...

What is Pulse?

Pulse is an app that helps you take control of your home’s electricity. The app monitors your solar production, battery storage and consumption, showing you when and where you are using the most el...

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