FAQ’S.

If you can’t find the answer below contact us.

b.solar is an Australian company that launched in early 2019. We’ve been installing solar systems in South Australia since 2009 under our former name, Advanced All Energy. We provide end-to-end solar power and storage systems and a maintenance program designed for Australians. Homeowners can choose from three solar system packages that can be customised to needs plus special state-based offers that take advantage of state government rebates.
b.solar handles every single aspect of your solar power system from arranging network applications to installing the panels and wiring the energy back into the grid. We will also monitor your systems performance to ensure your solar system is working at its peak capacity.

At b.solar, we think it is important to be honest, open and transparent with our solar power industry knowledge. Our founders have cumulatively 40 years of experience in Australia’s renewables industry. Once you know that best ways to save on rapidly growing energy costs, you’ll understand why solar power makes good financial sense.

The best place to find out about b.solar and its solar power systems is to visit our website or watch our videos. If you have more questions, contact our friendly solar educators.

Every home is unique and so the amount of electricity consumed is different. To provide you with the best advice, get in touch. One of our friendly solar educators will discuss your current electricity consumption, amongst other variables, so that we can offer you the best possible solar power system recommendations.

Once you are happy and the final quote is accepted, b.solar will schedule the installation according to your nominated date/time and should only take one to two days to complete.

Connection to the grid is the final step in the installation process and this can take between 4-6 weeks depending on your distributor and/or energy retailer.

No, we do not require you to change your energy retailer. If you are happy with them, feel free to stay with them.

Although you may have installed a complete solar and battery storage solution, we would strongly suggest that you remain connected to the grid.

The return on investment for a solar power system depends on a number of factors such as the system size, cost, electricity consumption patterns and the weather. Try our calculator for more information.

Photovoltaic solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. Photovoltaic modules constitute the photovoltaic array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications.

A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. It is a critical balance of system (BOS)–component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary AC-powered equipment.ons.

Solar batteries work by converting the DC energy being produced by your solar panels and storing it as AC power for later use. In some cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.ns.

Digital meters, sometimes called “smart meters”, are devices that automatically record electricity use, then electronically report that information to the electricity retailer at regular intervals. These meters provide secure data that can show peak usage and isolate outages.

This energy is measured and calculated (feed-in tariff) to credit your electricity account.  An electrical grid, or electric grid, is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, and high voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to the end user.

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Distributors are companies that own and manage the poles and wires that transfer the electricity to your house from a power station. They are also responsible for your smart meter and provide the information from your smart meter to the retailer.

Your retailer buys electricity from the distributor and resells it to consumers to power their homes and businesses.

You can choose your retailer but you cannot change your distributor.

In Victoria, there are five electricity distributors – Ausnet, Powercor, CitiPower, Jemena and United Energy. They are each responsible for their own geographic regions.

To find out your distributor, please visit the state government’s energy website.

In South Australia, SA Power Networks (formerly known as ETSA Utilities) is the sole electricity distributor in South Australia.

To learn more, please visit SA Power Networks

Like most electrical products in the market, life-span is dependant on a few variables. Generally most batteries last up to 12 years before their life-span and capacity begin to deteriorate.

PV is the acronym which stands for photovoltaic. It is the solar cell technology that converts sunlight into electricity.

A solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Solar panels comprise of many smaller units called photovoltaic cells. Many of these cells are linked together to make up a solar panel.

Each photovoltaic cell is basically a sandwich made up of two slices of semi-conducting material, usually silicon that is mixed with elements phosphorous and boron, which create conductivity within the cell and activate the movement of electrons.

The electrons move across the cells when are activated by the sunlight’s energy into the electrical circuit hooked up to the solar panel. Therefore, the power produced by a PV array (group of solar panels) increases with the intensity of the light striking it.

Have a look at our How Solar Works page to learn more.

The main difference between mono-crystalline and poly-crystalline panels is the purity of the silicon used.

To make solar cells for monocrystalline solar panels, silicon is formed into bars and cut into wafers. These types of panels are called mono-crystalline to indicate that the silicon used is single-crystal silicon. Because the cell is composed of a single crystal, the electrons that generate a flow of electricity have more room to move. As a result, monocrystalline panels have greater efficiencies than their poly-crystalline counterparts and generally thought of as a premium solar product.

Poly-crystalline solar panels generally have lower efficiencies than mono-crystalline panels, but their advantage is a lower price point. Poly-crystalline panels are also made from silicon, however instead of using a single crystal of silicon, manufacturers melt many fragments of silicon together to form the wafers for the panel. These panels are also referred to as multi-crystalline because there are many crystals in each cell, meaning there is less freedom for the electrons to move.

Aesthetically mono-crystalline panels are favoured by customers for their black appearance opposed to the poly-crystalline panels, which are bluer in colour due to light reflection.

The energy output of your solar solution depends on a number of factors such as your system size, location, roof aspect, tilt angle and the weather. Generally, the larger the system, the higher the output of electricity generated.

A number of factors need to be considered before you can determine whether adding more panels will support your existing installation.

  1. The new panels need to be matching with the existing installed panels. For example, if you have installed 275watt poly-crystalline panels, you need to obtain the same wattage and type ‘poly-crystalline’ panels.
  2. Your inverter capacity must not be greater than 133% of its rated power. For example, if you have a 3kW inverter, you can install up to 3.99kW worth of panels. If you have a 5kW inverter, you can install up to 6.6kW worth of panels.
  3. When you upgrade or add more panels to your system, you will have to re-apply to connect additional panels (kWs) to the electricity grid. This will affect your feed-in-tariff (FIT) rate. If you were an early adopter of solar and are receiving a Premium FIT, this may not work favourably. However, if you are not receiving a high FIT, then it may be more beneficial to add panels to your existing situation.

Overall, it may be more cost effective to install an additional system if your requirements are to generate more power. Get in touch with b.solar to find out how we can help you further.

Simply put, a collection of solar panels are electrically connected to form what is known as a string. One or more strings form an array of solar panels.

Shading affects the output of the entire string of solar panels. It blocks the flow of the electrical current, which in traditional solar strings without optimisers, effects the entire string equally. For example, shading 50% of one panel would reduce the entire system efficiency by 50%.

More importantly, there is a solution to shading, bsolar recommends Solar Edge optimisers, which can be included in all our solar power systems. This will increase the energy output from PV systems by constantly tracking the maximum power point (MPPT) of each module individually achieving the optimal output.

Solar optimisers are a small box attached to the back of every solar panel which operate with a string inverter. This enables the maximum energy output from each individual panel. Optimisers can be inbuilt within the panels themselves or fitted separately like Solar Edge’s power optimisers.

In traditional solar strings without optimisers, issues such as shading on a single panel would effect the entire string equally. For example, shading 50% of one panel would reduce the entire system efficiency by 50%. The benefit of optimisers lessen the impact of shaded panels on the overall system output while also offering individual panel performance monitoring.

The other additional benefit is that optimisers are less expensive than micro-inverters, and achieve all the same benefits at higher efficiency and with higher reliability.

The best position to install PV panels is on a roof plane, which is facing closest to true north. Facing closest to true north optimises the exposure of the solar panels to the path of the Australian sun, resulting in maximum power generation.

The tilt angle of the panels is also important and is dependent on the pitch (angle) of the roof. Most Australian homes have a moderate roof pitch (angle) and this is usually suitable to the panel tilt angle required. However, if you have a flat roof, or an unusual roof pitch, b.solar can supply tilt frames that allow the panels to be adjusted to the optimum angle.

The inverter is best installed near your existing meter box, either inside or outside. Most inverters are IP65/67 rated which can withstand Australia’s harsh weather climates.

Solar generates the most power when it is sunny. However, even on an overcast day your system will still generate about a third of the power it would generate in direct sunlight.

Solar power systems rely on light, not heat, to work.

The amount of sunlight that a solar panel receives over a day is expressed in peak sun hours. As the amount of energy generated by a panel is directly proportional to the amount of energy it receives from sunlight, it is important to install panels so they receive maximum sunlight. One of our solar energy specialists will calculate the amount of energy generated by the solar PV panel from the peak sun hours available. Peak sun hours vary throughout the year.

Electricity is either connected at 230 or 240 volts (single-phase, which accounts for the majority of domestic situations), or 400 and 415 Volts (three-phase). The latter is better suited for powerful appliances. A single phase connection is common in small to medium sized houses that use an average amount of electricity. Three phase connections are more common in larger houses that utilise a lot of electricity, or in rural areas.

No. The panels are tested to withstand hail. A hail test is conducted with a 20 mm diameter ice ball at 23 m/s (82km/h), directed at 11 impact locations.

The IP code or International Protection rating classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrustion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact and water in electrical enclosures. The standard aims to provide users with more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as waterproof.

IP65 means complete protection against contact and no ingress of dust. The object is protected by water jets projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against enclosure from any direction resulting in no harmful effects.

IP67 means complete protection against contact and no ingress of dust. The object is protected and ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1m of submersion).

b.solar has partnered with PowerArk Solar, which is the exclusive distributor of Link Energy solar panels.

Link Energy products are made of the highest quality materials combined with innovative technologies to manufacture Monocrystalline panels that will stand the test of time. Link Energy panels are more suitable for the Australian climate as the temperate co-efficiency is lower compared to other products which means our panels generate 5.24% more power than other similar size panels.***

All Link Energy panels are Clean Energy Council approved for the Government rebates in Australia and fire rated for roof top installation.

The Link Energy manufacturing facility is certified to ISO9001 & 14001 and its products are certified to the prestigious German TUV standard.

The term “Tier 1” refers to the “bankability” of the solar panel manufacturer, not the quality of the solar panel itself.

The Tier 1 ranking scale was created by Bloomberg Energy Finance Corporation as a way to rank solar panel manufacturers in terms of their financial stability.

Bloomberg defines a Tier 1 solar manufacturer as “those which have provided products to five different projects which have been financed non-recourses by five different banks in the past two years”.

Tier 1 solar panels only come from the top 2% of solar manufacturers that are vertically integrated which means every stage of the manufacturing process is quality controlled. The manufacturer also uses advanced robotic processes and invests heavily in research & development. They must also have been manufacturing solar panels for over 5 years to qualify.

Check out Simon’s video on Tier 1 solar panel manufacturing.

ISO9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

ISO14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organisations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.

b.solar chose monocrystalline panels as our primary product due to their longevity, effectiveness and superior return on investment.

Link Energy, our supplier, has been improving monocrystalline efficiency by adapting the innovative PERC technology.

Simply put, we think Link Energy products are amongst the very best you can buy. We partner with Link Energy because:

  • Link Energy has extensive knowledge of the Australian Solar Industry.
  • It has established continuous improvement processes in place.
  • All their products undergo rigorous quality control and standard testing to ensure they remain high quality.
  • Products are continually developed that suit the Australian weather conditions and to maximise efficiencies.

Short for German, TUV stands for (Technischer Überwachungsverein). The English translation is Technical Inspection Association, which are German businesses that provide inspection and product certification services.

TUV-certified products can carry the TUV logo.

PERC stands for Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell. PERC cell technology defines a solar cell architecture that differs from the standard cell architecture that has been in use for three decades.

Monocrystalline PERC solar panels are usually used for commercial and utility scale projects. With a technology that combines rear wafer surface passivation and local rear contacts to maximise light capture, Mono PERC solar modules are paving the way for dramatically increased PV system efficiency.

Link Energy provides a longer warranty than the standard. Headquartered in Melbourne, with six offices and warehouses around Australia, Link Energy has a group of local customer support professionals dealing with the warranty procedure in-house, which reduces the time of any warranty claim.

Established in 2010, Link Energy have continuously developed products that contribute clean energy to the planet. Driven by both innovation, technology and the desire to be a market leading brand, Link Energy have successfully developed affordable, quality panels that are used for Residential Systems (both hybrid and off-grid), Small and Large Commercial Systems and Utility and Solar Farms.

Powerark Solar is a leading solar wholesaler and is the largest privately-owned solar distributor in Australia. Proudly 100% Australian owned and headquartered in Melbourne, the partnership between b.solar and Powerark Solar ensures that anyone who wishes to purchase Link Energy products has the support and backing of a local market leading distributor.

Photovoltaic solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. Photovoltaic modules constitute the photovoltaic array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications.

A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. It is a critical balance of system (BOS)–component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary AC-powered equipment.ons.

Solar batteries work by converting the DC energy being produced by your solar panels and storing it as AC power for later use. In some cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.ns.

Digital meters, sometimes called “smart meters”, are devices that automatically record electricity use, then electronically report that information to the electricity retailer at regular intervals. These meters provide secure data that can show peak usage and isolate outages.

This energy is measured and calculated (feed-in tariff) to credit your electricity account.  An electrical grid, or electric grid, is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, and high voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to the end user.

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A Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) is a payment that you receive via your electricity retailer as a credit on your bill for the excess electricity that your solar power system produces and is fed back to the grid. The FIT is a rate that is set per kilowatt hour (kWh), and the rates vary depending on your retailer.

Currently most retailers are paying an average of 11.3c/kWh (ex. GST). There are some retailers paying up to 0.20c/kWh (ex. GST).

Get in touch with one of our friendly solar educators to find out more.

The cost to change over to a Smart Meter is dependent on your energy retailer. It is paid directly to them and generally costs between $50 – $200. Usually this cost is aggregated within your daily supply charge.

b.solar provides a 25 year panel performance and 10 year inverter warranty. We also include a 10 year installation/workman ship warranty on our installed solutions. Our batteries come with a 10 year warranty.
b.solar offers a lifetime warranty on workmanship.

Currently, Solar Victoria encourages homeowners to apply directly. For more information, please click here.

In South Australia, when you accept our quote for an eligible home battery system, we will provide you with a link to the RateSetter website where the subsidy will be applied and you can apply for finance if required. This can be done over the phone, if you don’t always have access to a computer.

b.solar currently accepts multiple offers of payment. Please refer to our How to Pay page.

Photovoltaic solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. Photovoltaic modules constitute the photovoltaic array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications.

A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. It is a critical balance of system (BOS)–component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary AC-powered equipment.ons.

Solar batteries work by converting the DC energy being produced by your solar panels and storing it as AC power for later use. In some cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.ns.

Digital meters, sometimes called “smart meters”, are devices that automatically record electricity use, then electronically report that information to the electricity retailer at regular intervals. These meters provide secure data that can show peak usage and isolate outages.

This energy is measured and calculated (feed-in tariff) to credit your electricity account.  An electrical grid, or electric grid, is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, and high voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to the end user.

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FAQ’S.

If you can’t find the answer below contact us.

b.solar is an Australian company that launched in early 2019. We’ve been installing solar systems in South Australia since 2009 under our former name, Advanced All Energy. We provide end-to-end solar power and storage systems and a maintenance program designed for Australians. Homeowners can choose from three solar system packages that can be customised to needs plus special state-based offers that take advantage of state government rebates.
b.solar handles every single aspect of your solar power system from arranging network applications to installing the panels and wiring the energy back into the grid. We will also monitor your systems performance to ensure your solar system is working at its peak capacity.

At b.solar, we think it is important to be honest, open and transparent with our solar power industry knowledge. Our founders have cumulatively 40 years of experience in Australia’s renewables industry. Once you know that best ways to save on rapidly growing energy costs, you’ll understand why solar power makes good financial sense.

The best place to find out about b.solar and its solar power systems is to visit our website or watch our videos. If you have more questions, contact our friendly solar educators.

Every home is unique and so the amount of electricity consumed is different. To provide you with the best advice, get in touch. One of our friendly solar educators will discuss your current electricity consumption, amongst other variables, so that we can offer you the best possible solar power system recommendations.

Once you are happy and the final quote is accepted, b.solar will schedule the installation according to your nominated date/time and should only take one to two days to complete.

Connection to the grid is the final step in the installation process and this can take between 4-6 weeks depending on your distributor and/or energy retailer.

No, we do not require you to change your energy retailer. If you are happy with them, feel free to stay with them.

Although you may have installed a complete solar and battery storage solution, we would strongly suggest that you remain connected to the grid.

The return on investment for a solar power system depends on a number of factors such as the system size, cost, electricity consumption patterns and the weather. Try our calculator for more information.

Photovoltaic solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. Photovoltaic modules constitute the photovoltaic array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications.

A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. It is a critical balance of system (BOS)–component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary AC-powered equipment.ons.

Solar batteries work by converting the DC energy being produced by your solar panels and storing it as AC power for later use. In some cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.ns.

Digital meters, sometimes called “smart meters”, are devices that automatically record electricity use, then electronically report that information to the electricity retailer at regular intervals. These meters provide secure data that can show peak usage and isolate outages.

This energy is measured and calculated (feed-in tariff) to credit your electricity account.  An electrical grid, or electric grid, is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, and high voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to the end user.

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Distributors are companies that own and manage the poles and wires that transfer the electricity to your house from a power station. They are also responsible for your smart meter and provide the information from your smart meter to the retailer.

Your retailer buys electricity from the distributor and resells it to consumers to power their homes and businesses.

You can choose your retailer but you cannot change your distributor.

In Victoria, there are five electricity distributors – Ausnet, Powercor, CitiPower, Jemena and United Energy. They are each responsible for their own geographic regions.

To find out your distributor, please visit the state government’s energy website.

In South Australia, SA Power Networks (formerly known as ETSA Utilities) is the sole electricity distributor in South Australia.

To learn more, please visit SA Power Networks

Like most electrical products in the market, life-span is dependant on a few variables. Generally most batteries last up to 12 years before their life-span and capacity begin to deteriorate.

PV is the acronym which stands for photovoltaic. It is the solar cell technology that converts sunlight into electricity.

A solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Solar panels comprise of many smaller units called photovoltaic cells. Many of these cells are linked together to make up a solar panel.

Each photovoltaic cell is basically a sandwich made up of two slices of semi-conducting material, usually silicon that is mixed with elements phosphorous and boron, which create conductivity within the cell and activate the movement of electrons.

The electrons move across the cells when are activated by the sunlight’s energy into the electrical circuit hooked up to the solar panel. Therefore, the power produced by a PV array (group of solar panels) increases with the intensity of the light striking it.

Have a look at our How Solar Works page to learn more.

The main difference between mono-crystalline and poly-crystalline panels is the purity of the silicon used.

To make solar cells for monocrystalline solar panels, silicon is formed into bars and cut into wafers. These types of panels are called mono-crystalline to indicate that the silicon used is single-crystal silicon. Because the cell is composed of a single crystal, the electrons that generate a flow of electricity have more room to move. As a result, monocrystalline panels have greater efficiencies than their poly-crystalline counterparts and generally thought of as a premium solar product.

Poly-crystalline solar panels generally have lower efficiencies than mono-crystalline panels, but their advantage is a lower price point. Poly-crystalline panels are also made from silicon, however instead of using a single crystal of silicon, manufacturers melt many fragments of silicon together to form the wafers for the panel. These panels are also referred to as multi-crystalline because there are many crystals in each cell, meaning there is less freedom for the electrons to move.

Aesthetically mono-crystalline panels are favoured by customers for their black appearance opposed to the poly-crystalline panels, which are bluer in colour due to light reflection.

The energy output of your solar solution depends on a number of factors such as your system size, location, roof aspect, tilt angle and the weather. Generally, the larger the system, the higher the output of electricity generated.

A number of factors need to be considered before you can determine whether adding more panels will support your existing installation.

  1. The new panels need to be matching with the existing installed panels. For example, if you have installed 275watt poly-crystalline panels, you need to obtain the same wattage and type ‘poly-crystalline’ panels.
  2. Your inverter capacity must not be greater than 133% of its rated power. For example, if you have a 3kW inverter, you can install up to 3.99kW worth of panels. If you have a 5kW inverter, you can install up to 6.6kW worth of panels.
  3. When you upgrade or add more panels to your system, you will have to re-apply to connect additional panels (kWs) to the electricity grid. This will affect your feed-in-tariff (FIT) rate. If you were an early adopter of solar and are receiving a Premium FIT, this may not work favourably. However, if you are not receiving a high FIT, then it may be more beneficial to add panels to your existing situation.

Overall, it may be more cost effective to install an additional system if your requirements are to generate more power. Get in touch with b.solar to find out how we can help you further.

Simply put, a collection of solar panels are electrically connected to form what is known as a string. One or more strings form an array of solar panels.

Shading affects the output of the entire string of solar panels. It blocks the flow of the electrical current, which in traditional solar strings without optimisers, effects the entire string equally. For example, shading 50% of one panel would reduce the entire system efficiency by 50%.

More importantly, there is a solution to shading, bsolar recommends Solar Edge optimisers, which can be included in all our solar power systems. This will increase the energy output from PV systems by constantly tracking the maximum power point (MPPT) of each module individually achieving the optimal output.

Solar optimisers are a small box attached to the back of every solar panel which operate with a string inverter. This enables the maximum energy output from each individual panel. Optimisers can be inbuilt within the panels themselves or fitted separately like Solar Edge’s power optimisers.

In traditional solar strings without optimisers, issues such as shading on a single panel would effect the entire string equally. For example, shading 50% of one panel would reduce the entire system efficiency by 50%. The benefit of optimisers lessen the impact of shaded panels on the overall system output while also offering individual panel performance monitoring.

The other additional benefit is that optimisers are less expensive than micro-inverters, and achieve all the same benefits at higher efficiency and with higher reliability.

The best position to install PV panels is on a roof plane, which is facing closest to true north. Facing closest to true north optimises the exposure of the solar panels to the path of the Australian sun, resulting in maximum power generation.

The tilt angle of the panels is also important and is dependent on the pitch (angle) of the roof. Most Australian homes have a moderate roof pitch (angle) and this is usually suitable to the panel tilt angle required. However, if you have a flat roof, or an unusual roof pitch, b.solar can supply tilt frames that allow the panels to be adjusted to the optimum angle.

The inverter is best installed near your existing meter box, either inside or outside. Most inverters are IP65/67 rated which can withstand Australia’s harsh weather climates.

Solar generates the most power when it is sunny. However, even on an overcast day your system will still generate about a third of the power it would generate in direct sunlight.

Solar power systems rely on light, not heat, to work.

The amount of sunlight that a solar panel receives over a day is expressed in peak sun hours. As the amount of energy generated by a panel is directly proportional to the amount of energy it receives from sunlight, it is important to install panels so they receive maximum sunlight. One of our solar energy specialists will calculate the amount of energy generated by the solar PV panel from the peak sun hours available. Peak sun hours vary throughout the year.

Electricity is either connected at 230 or 240 volts (single-phase, which accounts for the majority of domestic situations), or 400 and 415 Volts (three-phase). The latter is better suited for powerful appliances. A single phase connection is common in small to medium sized houses that use an average amount of electricity. Three phase connections are more common in larger houses that utilise a lot of electricity, or in rural areas.

No. The panels are tested to withstand hail. A hail test is conducted with a 20 mm diameter ice ball at 23 m/s (82km/h), directed at 11 impact locations.

The IP code or International Protection rating classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrustion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact and water in electrical enclosures. The standard aims to provide users with more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as waterproof.

IP65 means complete protection against contact and no ingress of dust. The object is protected by water jets projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against enclosure from any direction resulting in no harmful effects.

IP67 means complete protection against contact and no ingress of dust. The object is protected and ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1m of submersion).

b.solar has partnered with PowerArk Solar, which is the exclusive distributor of Link Energy solar panels.

Link Energy products are made of the highest quality materials combined with innovative technologies to manufacture Monocrystalline panels that will stand the test of time. Link Energy panels are more suitable for the Australian climate as the temperate co-efficiency is lower compared to other products which means our panels generate 5.24% more power than other similar size panels.***

All Link Energy panels are Clean Energy Council approved for the Government rebates in Australia and fire rated for roof top installation.

The Link Energy manufacturing facility is certified to ISO9001 & 14001 and its products are certified to the prestigious German TUV standard.

The term “Tier 1” refers to the “bankability” of the solar panel manufacturer, not the quality of the solar panel itself.

The Tier 1 ranking scale was created by Bloomberg Energy Finance Corporation as a way to rank solar panel manufacturers in terms of their financial stability.

Bloomberg defines a Tier 1 solar manufacturer as “those which have provided products to five different projects which have been financed non-recourses by five different banks in the past two years”.

Tier 1 solar panels only come from the top 2% of solar manufacturers that are vertically integrated which means every stage of the manufacturing process is quality controlled. The manufacturer also uses advanced robotic processes and invests heavily in research & development. They must also have been manufacturing solar panels for over 5 years to qualify.

Check out Simon’s video on Tier 1 solar panel manufacturing.

ISO9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

ISO14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organisations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.

b.solar chose monocrystalline panels as our primary product due to their longevity, effectiveness and superior return on investment.

Link Energy, our supplier, has been improving monocrystalline efficiency by adapting the innovative PERC technology.

Simply put, we think Link Energy products are amongst the very best you can buy. We partner with Link Energy because:

  • Link Energy has extensive knowledge of the Australian Solar Industry.
  • It has established continuous improvement processes in place.
  • All their products undergo rigorous quality control and standard testing to ensure they remain high quality.
  • Products are continually developed that suit the Australian weather conditions and to maximise efficiencies.

Short for German, TUV stands for (Technischer Überwachungsverein). The English translation is Technical Inspection Association, which are German businesses that provide inspection and product certification services.

TUV-certified products can carry the TUV logo.

PERC stands for Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell. PERC cell technology defines a solar cell architecture that differs from the standard cell architecture that has been in use for three decades.

Monocrystalline PERC solar panels are usually used for commercial and utility scale projects. With a technology that combines rear wafer surface passivation and local rear contacts to maximise light capture, Mono PERC solar modules are paving the way for dramatically increased PV system efficiency.

Link Energy provides a longer warranty than the standard. Headquartered in Melbourne, with six offices and warehouses around Australia, Link Energy has a group of local customer support professionals dealing with the warranty procedure in-house, which reduces the time of any warranty claim.

Established in 2010, Link Energy have continuously developed products that contribute clean energy to the planet. Driven by both innovation, technology and the desire to be a market leading brand, Link Energy have successfully developed affordable, quality panels that are used for Residential Systems (both hybrid and off-grid), Small and Large Commercial Systems and Utility and Solar Farms.

Powerark Solar is a leading solar wholesaler and is the largest privately-owned solar distributor in Australia. Proudly 100% Australian owned and headquartered in Melbourne, the partnership between b.solar and Powerark Solar ensures that anyone who wishes to purchase Link Energy products has the support and backing of a local market leading distributor.

Photovoltaic solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. Photovoltaic modules constitute the photovoltaic array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications.

A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. It is a critical balance of system (BOS)–component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary AC-powered equipment.ons.

Solar batteries work by converting the DC energy being produced by your solar panels and storing it as AC power for later use. In some cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.ns.

Digital meters, sometimes called “smart meters”, are devices that automatically record electricity use, then electronically report that information to the electricity retailer at regular intervals. These meters provide secure data that can show peak usage and isolate outages.

This energy is measured and calculated (feed-in tariff) to credit your electricity account.  An electrical grid, or electric grid, is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, and high voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to the end user.

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A Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) is a payment that you receive via your electricity retailer as a credit on your bill for the excess electricity that your solar power system produces and is fed back to the grid. The FIT is a rate that is set per kilowatt hour (kWh), and the rates vary depending on your retailer.

Currently most retailers are paying an average of 11.3c/kWh (ex. GST). There are some retailers paying up to 0.20c/kWh (ex. GST).

Get in touch with one of our friendly solar educators to find out more.

The cost to change over to a Smart Meter is dependent on your energy retailer. It is paid directly to them and generally costs between $50 – $200. Usually this cost is aggregated within your daily supply charge.

b.solar provides a 25 year panel performance and 10 year inverter warranty. We also include a 10 year installation/workman ship warranty on our installed solutions. Our batteries come with a 10 year warranty.
b.solar offers a lifetime warranty on workmanship.

Currently, Solar Victoria encourages homeowners to apply directly. For more information, please click here.

In South Australia, when you accept our quote for an eligible home battery system, we will provide you with a link to the RateSetter website where the subsidy will be applied and you can apply for finance if required. This can be done over the phone, if you don’t always have access to a computer.

b.solar currently accepts multiple offers of payment. Please refer to our How to Pay page.

Photovoltaic solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. Photovoltaic modules constitute the photovoltaic array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications.

A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. It is a critical balance of system (BOS)–component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary AC-powered equipment.ons.

Solar batteries work by converting the DC energy being produced by your solar panels and storing it as AC power for later use. In some cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.ns.

Digital meters, sometimes called “smart meters”, are devices that automatically record electricity use, then electronically report that information to the electricity retailer at regular intervals. These meters provide secure data that can show peak usage and isolate outages.

This energy is measured and calculated (feed-in tariff) to credit your electricity account.  An electrical grid, or electric grid, is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, and high voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to the end user.

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3 simple solar packages below to get you started!

We make it simple for you to begin your solar journey.

3 simple solar packages below to get you started!

We make it simple for you to begin your solar journey.

#1

For 1-3 People

Perfect for a young couple that have bought their first home.

A Household of 1-3 People.

Your avg.*$400 Power bill can be reduced by up to 80%!

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#2

For 3-5 People

Life is busy, let us free you from expensive electricity bills today.

A Household of 3-5 People.

Your avg.*$600 Power bill can be reduced by up to 80%!

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#3

For 5+ People

Our solar systems save you money – imagine what you can buy with your savings!

A Household of 5+ People.

Your avg.*$800 Power bill can be reduced by up to 80%!

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* Costs are based on the general domestic, GST inclusive usage price per unit of 29.95 cents peak and 18.44 cents off-peak per kWh. The typical Victorian household consumption can vary between 1,000 and 1,300 units per quarter depending on type, size, age and usage of appliances, the size and layout of the home and the number of people living in the home. Electrical appliance running costs are based on watts or kilowatts of electricity consumed.

* Costs are based on the general domestic, GST inclusive usage price per unit of 29.95 cents peak and 18.44 cents off-peak per kWh. The typical Victorian household consumption can vary between 1,000 and 1,300 units per quarter depending on type, size, age and usage of appliances, the size and layout of the home and the number of people living in the home. Electrical appliance running costs are based on watts or kilowatts of electricity consumed.

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