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Cleaning of Solar Panels in Gilston

After cleaning the solar panels on a 3kw free standing solar panel system in Gilston on the Gold Coast we gained just over 16% increase in electrical output.

This will mean our client will save around $200 over the next 12 month, not bad seeing that the clean and inspection cost less than $100.

Federal Government Solar Rebates

The Federal Government provides support for all forms of renewable energy through a mechanism called the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The RET obliges ‘liable entities’ to purchase and surrender a certain number of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) every year, with the total number of RECs required to meet the target increasing annually. RECs can be purchased from 3rd parties or created by the utilities companies themselves by producing power from renewable energy sources such as solar power.

To ensure that the RET continues to meet its aims an independent review is conducted every two years, the most recent final report was released on 19 December 2012.

In order to encourage the development of both large-scale and small-scale renewable energy generators, the RET is divided into two segments: The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET).

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES):Residential and <100kW commercial solar power

The SRES was developed to assist households, small business and community groups with the cost of installing a solar PV system. The SRES works by issuing Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) to eligible households. STCs are based on the expected output of the solar system over a 15 year period (although most systems can be expected to have a functional lifespan of up to 30 years), one STC is the equivalent of 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable energy.

At the present time solar PV systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for STCs, however, the most recent RET review has put forward the suggestion that this be reduced to 10kW.

STCs, which can be described as a sort of renewable energy currency, can be bought, traded, and sold, and their value fluctuates with supply and demand. The current STC price sits at around $30, but has fallen as low as $16 and has been as high as $42.

As STCs are created based on the expected output of the system they can be created as soon as the system is installed, the system does not need to produce any power before its STCs are created. Under the expectation that they will produce more power, systems installed in sunnier locations are eligible to for a larger number of STCs,
while less sunny locations create fewer.

In effect, this provides an up-front discount for those who purchase solar systems for their homes or businesses, as installers usually assume the responsibility for creating the STCs as well as the risks associated with holding onto or selling them.

Need Solar Panel Cleaning on the Gold Coast?

Cleaning your solar panels could save hundreds of dollars a year off your electricity bill!

Dirt and grime build up on your solar panels have the ability to decrease the capacity of your solar panels to work at their full potential. From the ocean side salt air to the bird droppings and lichen in the hinterland, there are endless environmental factors leading to the decrease in efficiency of your solar panels.

Did you know, this ongoing build up overtime can have the ability to decrease your solar panels efficiency by up to a whopping 40%? Ultimately, this is causing a rapid increase in your electricity bill and eating away at the potential savings you could be making from your investment.

SpickNspan Solar ensure your panels operate at their maximal capacity and save you money! We offer the Gold Coast optimal cleaning services through the use of our uniquely designed cleaning system. We guarantee customer satisfaction each and every time! The costs of our services far outweigh the cost of panel replacements and ultimately are far more affordable then the potential increase of your bills!

Call 1800 774 256 now to get a Free Quote.

Why is Solar Panel Cleaning essential?

Have you had solar panels installed for 6 months or more? When you had your solar panels installed did you consider the importance of maintenance?

All solar panels are purchased and installed with the understanding that even though the initial costs of the investment are significant, the future savings are well worth the outlay! However…

What began as a good intention may have been a waste of your time, effort and ultimately your money. The harsh environmental elements have the ability to rapidly diminish the efficiency of your solar panels. Without regular cleaning, all of these good intentions could potentially be costing you hundreds of dollars!

Not only do the manufacturers recommend it, regular solar panel cleaning it is a no brainer once you begin to out weigh the costs of the maintenance to the potential financial losses.

SpickNspan Solar offer services starting from as little as $30.00 with a SpickNspan guarantee each and every time!

All SpickNspan services are money saving, environmentally friendly and optimise the efficiency of your investment! Start decreasing your bill and increasing your profit today! There is no better time to book you solar panel clean then now- Ask about our introductory offer!

How will solar panel cleaning protect my warranty?

Have you ever checked the small print on your solar panel warranty? If not, now is a better time than any!

Did you know, most solar panel manufacturers specify regular cleaning as a requirement of warranty periods and claims?

Not only do they specify regular cleaning periods, they also specify required methods of cleaning. Harsh chemicals not only damage your solar panels they also have the ability to void your solar panel warranty!

SpickNspan Solar offers services tailored to fit within the warranty guidelines of your solar panels warranty requirements. Through the use of chemical free de-ionised water, soft bristle brushes and safe handling– not only will it boost the efficiency of your panels, it will ultimately protect your warranty!

IMPORTANT SOLAR PANEL NEWS & UPDATES

Shattered Solar Panel in Robina

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Cleaned Solar Panels in Gilston

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Had your solar panels cleaned ready for winter?

With winter fast approaching, the past 6 weeks at SpickNspan Solar have been moving full steam ahead. It is now the time to ensure that your solar panels are gaining the most from the rapid decrease in hours of sunlight each day by ensuring they are working efficiently.

The month of April saw significant increases in the profitability and overall efficiency of all of our clients solar systems. Increases were measured at an average 18% for the month with the highest being a whopping 28% increase on a 5kw solar system clean in Coomera.

Unsure if you are getting the most out of your solar investment? call us on SPICKNSPAN (1800 774 256) for a free, obligation free quote.

You can have your solar panels cleaned on the Gold Coast from as little as $30

Shattered Solar Panel in Robina

With the rain causing a slow start to the week, today the phone hasn’t stopped ringing. First up this morning we had a 10kw system clean in Robina where we came across a shattered panel, not something we see everyday, but it’s certainly not as uncommon as you would think. This is just one of the many problems we encounter.

Have you had you Solar system checked lately? Prices start from a very low $30 so call us for a free quote- 1800SPICKNSPAN (1800 774 256)

SpickNspan Solar, Proudly a Gold Coast business.

Solar panel cleaning at Helensvale and we gained over 10%

I received a call from the Webster’s in Helensvale last week and after a short chat they decided to let SpicknSpan Solar come and have a look at the their system and give it a spring clean. When I arrived the next afternoon I spoke to them about the benefits of regular maintenance and also about which Qld Electrical Retailer was currently giving the best Feed-in Tariff and how they would receive that on top of their 44c per kw the government were offering.

Most the time I have a good idea about the increase a customer will gain from a SpickNspan clean, but I must admit that from the ground the system did look spotless and I was unsure if we would get more than than a few %.

Once I was all set up, I took a quick photo of the Inverter and we had a reading 669w. So up the ladder I went and before I started I notice a layer of dirt and dust that wasn’t noticeable from the ground. I got to work and with the help of our water de-ionizer and specialised solar panel cleaning equipment, 25mins later and using NO chemicals their system was sparkling. I quickly got off the roof and headed to the inverter so I could compare the numbers, 736w!

For those of you that like to see the results, you can’t get much clearer than this. We gained over 10% on this particular clean and from the ground you would of thought the panels were basically spotless before we started. It just goes to show that just because your solar panels look clean it doesn’t mean that they are!

Give us a call NOW on 1800 774 256 and we can get your solar system working to the best of its ability! Cleans start from a low $30

Water ingress in isolator

This System in Ormeau on the gold Coast was inspected by the installer two weeks ago after the home owner was concerned about their systems output. The owner was told that everything was fine and that he recommended to get the panels professionally cleaned. When I arrived the customer informed me that he was confident that the system was in perfect order as they had just been inspected and that he just wanted the solar panels cleaned.

Within minutes of being on the roof we notice the cracked isolator and that it had just just been given a dab of silicon to rectify the problem, something that should never be done! With further inspection it was easy to see the isolator had water ingress. Why didn’t the installer just install a new isolator? What did they check two weeks earlier? It’s appalling how some installers can be proud of their service, how can they sleep knowing how they left that system?

SpickNspan Solar prides itself on being a leading solar panel cleaning company and we go the extra mile do to visual inspections that can help keep you and your home safe!

Well on our way to achieving a clean energy future

According to recent global data, solar has quickly become the worlds favourite new type of electricity. Current evidence suggests that more solar PV capacity is being installed then any other generation technology.

It is no wonder this is the case with multiple significant advantages of PV. Cost, production scale and supply chains are just three of these factors. Other than wind, it is difficult to predict any other low-emissions technology challenging them within the coming decade.

Furthermore, Australia wide PV and wind alone comprise most of the countries new generation capacity. Solar PV capacity is set to reach 12GW by 2020! If this occurs, by 2030 more than half of Australian electricity will come from renewable energy. To put this into perspective, if Australia were to double the current PV and wind installation rates the country would reach 100% renewable electricity by 2033.

Queensland paving the way to a renewable future:

Most noteworthy, in Queensland August 2017 saw twice as much solar energy capacity installed in comparison to records from January- October 2016. This equates to approximately 450,000 roof top systems installed in that month alone. Queensland is not only the national leader; it is also the global leader in solar power as published by ABC news. Currently, there are over 32% of Queensland homes with solar panels on their rooftops.

At this point in time focus is currently fixated upon this rapid increase in installation rates, it is essential to take a moment to consider the importance of ensuring the correct upkeep and maintenance of your existing solar system.

SpickNspan Solar is Gold Goast owned and operated. We pride ourselves in excellent customer service and helping you to correcting maintain your system to ensure you are getting the most out of your solar investment. Take a look around our website for more information regarding our solar system servicing from south as Byron Bay to as far north as Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and everything in between.

Read more here:
https://theconversation.com/solar-is-now-the-most-popular-form-of-new-electricity-generation-worldwide-81678
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-12/qld-leading-nation-in-household-solar-power-and-battery-storage/8440396

The Solar Panel Cleaning Specialists

The Solar Panel Cleaning Specialists

This System in Ormeau on the gold Coast was inspected by the installer two weeks ago after the home owner was concerned about their systems output. The owner was told that everything was fine and that he recommended to get the panels professionally cleaned. When I arrived the customer informed me that he was confident that the system was in perfect order as they had just been inspected and that he just wanted the solar panels cleaned.

Within minutes of being on the roof we notice the cracked isolator and that it had just just been given a dab of silicon to rectify the problem, something that should never be done! With further inspection it was easy to see the isolator had water ingress. Why didn’t the installer just install a new isolator? What did they check two weeks earlier? It’s appalling how some installers can be proud of their service, how can they sleep knowing how they left that system?

SpickNspan Solar prides itself on being a leading solar panel cleaning company and we go the extra mile do to visual inspections that can help keep you and your home safe!