Customer name: Stephen F.
Location: Brighton, Melbourne
Installation: June 2018
Electricity usage prior to solar: 52kwh (kilowatt hours) per day (avg)
Solar panels: 30 x P19 320w Sunpower black Panel
Inverter Technology: SolarEdge inverter with Power optimizers
Solar power generation: 38.4kwh (kilowatt hours) per day (avg)
Expected electricity bill savings (year 1): $4,068
65% of daytime electricity usage from solar (over the 12 months)
CO2 reduction: 14 tonnes annually
Stephen’s solar story
Reason for going solar
Stephen installed a new heated swimming pool at his Brighton property. The first electricity bill he received after having the pool installed showed a significant increase. This was the prompt for Stephen to start looking into the option of installing a rooftop solar system on his home.
What happened next
Stephen made contact with Specialized Solar through the website and within hours was contacted by one of the solar consultants, Mitchel.
Mitchel asked a number of questions about Stephen’s electricity usage – which Stephen could answer by looking at his most recent electricity bill – and what he wanted to achieve from going solar.
After a detailed phone conversation, Mitchel put together two different system proposals for him to review.
Stephen chose SunPower panels due to their industry-beating 25-year parts and labour warranty and their smart ‘all black’ finish.
His words were “I wanted black panels because I’d be able to see them from the pool and I wanted them to blend in with my black roof.”
Long warranties were also important when it came to the choice of solar inverter. SolarEdge, with its 12-year product warranty and 25-year power optimizer warranty, ticked this box for Mr Fuga.
This inverter solution meant that panels could be installed on more than two sections of the roof, which made it possible to generate more power per metre of suitable roof space.
Stephen was also impressed that the SolarEdge inverter would allow him to monitor each panel independently and notify him if one panel had failed or was not performing.
Stephen’s 9.6kw Sunpower/SolarEdge system was installed within two weeks of accepting the quote. It took two days to install.