Frequently Asked Questions

1. What types of Residential Solar Systems are available? (On Grid vs Off Grid)

When choosing a solar power system for your home, there are two main types to choose from: 1./ On-Grid and 2./ Off-Grid (or Stand Alone).

1./ Grid-Connect Solar System

This system connects your home’s solar system into the public electricity grid. Power from your solar system can feed into the public electricity grid and is monitored through your power meter. Your energy company will pay you (or reimburse you) for your home’s contribution to the grid.

2./ Off-Grid (Stand Alone) Solar System

Off grid solar systems operate completely independently of the public electricity grid. Perfect for rural homes and remote areas who cannot connect to the electricity grid, off-grid solar systems are also being adopted by families who want to be self-sufficient and not reliant on the public electricity system.

Off-grid solar systems generally include additional components such as a backup generator and a battery bank, which stores the daylight energy harnessed by the solar system, enabling 24×7 solar power supply.

2. How long it will take to install my solar system?

A typical residential solar system can be installed in less than a day. For more complex commercial installations, please contact Koala Solar for an estimate.

3. What size solar panels do I need?

Each household has different electricity needs. Don’t hesitate to call Koala Solar today and our friendly team can discuss what’s possible for your home.

4. What is an inverter and do I need one?

An inverter is a small component you need to convert the DC electricity generated by your solar system into the 240V AC current needed in your home – so, yes, you will need an inverter. Inverters are typically installed next to your meter box and are no bigger in size than a standard briefcase.

5. Can a solar system be installed in my apartment building?

Yes. And, if your body corporate agrees to a solar system installation, they may be eligible for a government rebate or discount. First of all, we recommend you gain agreement from your body corporate and all parties concerned. After that, feel free to contact Koala Solar to arrange a solar system installation in your residential apartment building.

6. Where is the best spot for my solar panels?

While most home installations require solar panels to be discreetly installed on the roof, there are other options. You can choose a roof installation or even a free-standing installation anywhere on your property.

Most importantly, a good solar system needs maximum sunshine. In WA, we generally achieve this by facing the solar panels North with an upwards tilted angle of 30 degrees.

7. Is ongoing maintenance required for my residential solar system?

In general, your solar power installation is care-free. With no moving parts to worry about, the likelihood of anything breakdown is very small. The most important maintenance you can do is to keep the panels clean. Cleaning the solar panels is a simple task which should completed on an annual basis.

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