Customer name: Patricia F.
Location: Donald, Buloke Shire, Victoria
Installation: May 2021
Solar panels: 20 x Seraphim 330 watt panels
Inverter Technology: 5kW Sungrow Premium Inverter
Solar power generation: 26.2 kWh per day (avg)
Expected electricity bill savings (year 1): $1,850
CO2 emissions reduction: 7.92 tonnes annually
Making the most of the Mallee sunshine
Patricia’s solar story
I had been wanting solar for a while. With the amount of sunlight we get here in Donald, it makes sense to make the most of it.
My plan was to get a decent size solar system installed. That’s because I’m keen to get a battery at some point and I wanted a solar system that was going to be big enough to charge it.
I had been trying for a while to find a solar company I felt comfortable with. None of the ones who’d been in touch seemed quite right to me. That’s why I was interested to hear from a friend about a Buloke Shire Council supported solar bulk-buy for our Shire – called the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk-Buy.
My friend had gone to the Mallee Sun information meeting in Charlton and told me about it. It sounded interesting so I thought I’d get in touch with the organisers.
I contacted the Mallee Sun Bulk-Buy team and they put me in touch with Specialized Solar & Electrical, who are their solar retailer.
Dealing with Specialized Solar & Electrical was really good. They made everything quick and easy.
In fact, the whole process was quite painless apart from completing the application form with Solar Victoria. I’d added in a dollar sign against my income declaration on their form which caused the application to get stopped in its tracks. I tried everything, calling Solar Victoria too, and was almost ready to give up. Then I tried taking off the dollar sign and it all worked fine. I got the rebate which was great!
I was thrilled that Specialized Solar had a local installer – Matt. It was nice to have a friendly familiar face working on the installation. He did a great job. I like that the bulk-buy provides work for locals in our Shire.
My 6.66kW solar system is switched on and working well. I like the way it is situated on my roof. It makes the most of the east/west sun and looks good.
I’m happy that I’m using clean sun power for most of my electricity needs during the day – and that I’m ready to take the next step with a battery when the time is right.
I would recommend the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk-Buy and their solar retailer, Specialized Solar. I got a great result and I’m really glad that I’ve done it.