Solar Panels Port Macquarie
Mackies, trusted Solar Panel installers
Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Or searching for ways to enhance your home’s energy efficiency?
Go green with the power of solar panels and generate eco-friendly energy for your property today.
So, you can start generating your own energy, saving money on your energy bills, and help the planet with ease.
Contact our team to get started with your greener energy plan today.
Mackies, your Solar installation professionals
With over 20 years of Solar industry experience, our team at Mackie Electric & Refrigeration have seen the development and advancement of solar power as it happened. With such rich insights into the world of solar power, you can rely on our team to get the job done.
As part of our solar panel installation package, we test the efficiency and reliability of your solar system to ensure it meets our high-quality control standards. As part of our comprehensive solar panel services, we can help install:2
- Full solar energy systems
- Solar inverters
- Solar panels
- Solar regulators
- Deep cycle batteries
- Camping kits
Solar Panel Systems We Install
Before installing solar panels in your home, it’s important to understand the difference between popular models of solar systems including the advantages and disadvantages of each system.
Choose a system that’s right for your home and lifestyle to maximise the benefits of your new solar heating.
SunPower solar systems are what might be known as ‘standard’ home solar systems, which convert sunlight into energy for use around your home. SunPower solar systems work in a huge range of weathers and climates, meaning they’re not only effective on very sunny days. They can reduce your energy bills significantly and increase the value of your home.
One of the biggest drawbacks of choosing standard solar panels is the fact that they don’t work at night when it’s dark. If you use a lot of power after sunset, you might want to consider another type of solar system depending on your budget.
Hybrid solar systems combine solar power with a battery to enable homeowners to store solar power in batteries for later use. Hybrid systems store excess power when it’s not needed in order to provide extra power when power needs are high – or solar energy is low.
This means that hybrid solar systems are usually capable of lowering your monthly energy bills even further, particularly if you can store energy during off-peak hours to use during peak hours. However, hybrid solar systems usually cost a little more to install which means it takes longer realise a return on investment.
Grid-connected solar systems, like hybrid solar systems, allow homeowners to store solar energy that they don’t use rather than wasting it. However, in most grid-connected systems, rather than storing this energy for later use, the system feeds the energy back into the grid for use by other people. Energy companies meter how much energy you feed back into the grid and credit your account a corresponding amount of money, saving you more on your energy bills.
Compared to hybrid systems, you don’t need to buy an expensive battery to run on-grid solar panels and benefit from the excess power you produce. However, since a battery does not power them they don’t function during blackouts and they can’t power your home at night when it’s dark.
Standalone solar systems, also called off-grid solar systems, are solar panels backed up by a battery bank where all excess power is stored. As the name implies, off-grid solar systems are not connected to the national electricity grid. This type of solar system is most popular with homeowners who want to go off-grid or experience more independence – with a standalone system, it’s possible to entirely power your home using solar power, reducing your bills to zero.
Standalone systems are, however, less common because of their drawbacks. If you’re not connected to the national grid, you won’t be able to use metered energy as a backup when the weather is bad or if your solar panels go down. You’ll also have to pay a higher initial investment for off-grid panels, and they may cost more to maintain.
Commercial solar systems are those systems designed for use on commercial buildings, including hotels, restaurants, leisure facilities, cinemas, and retail shops.
Installing commercial solar systems can massively reduce your energy bill every month and demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to going green to customers.
Most commercial solar systems are on-grid to ensure that power is always available when it’s needed, but the exact type of solar panels used in commercial settings varies between projects.
Install Solar Panels to Save Money on Your Energy Bills
Installing a solar panel energy system does more than helping the planet. You can save a significant amount on your energy bills with solar panels on your property, generating your own energy to use on-site. So, if you’ve experienced rising energy costs in recent years, you could benefit from installing reliable solar panels on your property.
Solar Panels are Perfect for the Australian Climate
With a warm climate and sunny character, Australia is the perfect place to install solar panels. Australia has some of the highest numbers of solar panels globally, with 2.68 million solar panels in place as of 2020. Plus, with a deep cycle battery, you can store excess power for use later in the day, reducing your reliance on the national grid. This option is excellent for more remote properties, increasing your self-reliance and rural living.
Choose Your Ideal Solar Panel System
Book Your Port Macquarie Solar Panel Installation Today
If you’re ready to go green and get started on your solar power, get in touch with our team today to book your solar installation. At Mackie Electric & Refrigeration, we work across an extensive service area in New South Wales, ranging across Port Macquarie, Taree, Forster, Gloucester, and more.
Thanks to our extensive industry experience and range of trusted suppliers, you can rely on us to provide a high-quality solar panel system that will serve your property for years to come.
Do you have an existing solar power system in need of some TLC? We can help conduct maintenance checks and repairs on some solar systems, so contact our team to book an appointment.
Solar Panel FAQs
What size solar system will I need for my property?
There are a few variables to consider when answering this question. The entry-level option is a 6.6kW solar system that covers the electrical use of a medium-sized household.
This will depend on your power usage as well. Some items like air-conditioning units and pool pumps are going to consume a lot of electricity, which will mean you require a larger system. If you are looking to save money on your power bill, installing a solar system should be part of a holistic strategy.
Part of the process involves assessing your power consumption and finding ways to reduce it. Energy-efficient lighting like LEDs can help slash your power bills and will also reduce your need for a larger solar system.
Is my building suitable for solar panels?
As long as you have available roof space then it is likely your building will be able to accommodate solar panels. There are other factors to consider, though, and a site inspection will be required. The orientation of your building and the slope of your roof in relation to the position of the sun will determine how much sunlight can be converted into electricity.
Overhanging trees, large neighbouring buildings and other factors that can block the sun are also an influence. The best situation is a north-facing roof with no obstructions that will capture as much sunlight as possible.
How much money will I save with a solar system?
Depending on the size of the solar system you get and your ongoing energy consumption, it will take anywhere between two and seven years for your solar system to pay itself off in savings. If you have a system that covers all of your energy needs, then you expect enormous savings by not having to pay for grid-supplied electricity anymore.
How do solar rebates work?
There are two ways that you will save money with solar in New South Wales, including small-scale technology certificates (STCs) as well as feed-in tariffs. STCs are essentially a form of currency used to give you credits for installing solar power. The larger your system, the more STCs you will receive. This system is usually used to reduce the cost of the purchase and installation of your solar system. The installer will take care of this process for you.
For ongoing savings, feed-in tariffs are paid as credits on your power bill. As well as powering your home, your solar system will feed power back into the grid so other homes and businesses can be powered by renewable energy. The more surplus power you have fed back into the grid, the higher these credits will be.
Do I need a solar battery as well?
Solar technologies have come a long way, including battery storage solutions. They have become affordable and can hold several weeks of backup power. This means you can use your solar power at nighttime and during inclement weather. It also means that you have power if there are any outages, which makes solar batteries a worthwhile investment.
How many solar panels will I need?
There are different kinds of solar panels, including monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin film as well as Bi-Facial. They have different power outputs and also come in different sizes. There are different costs associated with each option as well. We will work with you to determine the best type of solar panels and which array will work best for your property with your budget.