With the way power prices are heading, getting solar is a GREAT idea.
You can generate your own power, and some bills you might even end up with a credit!
Amazing stuff, right?
But before you rush out to get Solar installed, there’s something you need to know – especially if you have an older place.
ps. settle down solar installers, we’re not saying not to get solar – keep reading!
Asbestos in the switchboard
If your house was built in the 1980’s or earlier OR your switchboard has a supply warning system saying it contains asbestos, the regular electrician probably can’t touch it.
Because asbestos requires extra training and certification.
It’s dangerous stuff and can cause some serious damage if the fibres get airborne.
Getting an authorised level 2 electrician, that’s also certified to handle asbestos, is what you need.
Funny coincidence – we’re authorised level 2 electricians that are certified to handle asbestos.
What we do with those types of situations is remove the existing panels safely, and upgrade them to a non-combustible, bakelite panel which is approved by all the different authorities and meter installers.
This means you can continue with your solar install, without possibly poisoning the poor guys trying to do the installation (or yourself).
Phase 3 power upgrades
If you want to get the most out of your solar, upgrading to three phase power makes a lot of sense.
The average home in Australia is on single phase power. That means, you’ve got a single “active” wire that handles the feed of power from the grid (or your solar system) to the house.
Three phase power means you have three active wires to handle that feed.
Why does that matter? Well, a single wire can only handle so much power draw. If you’ve got a bigger system, or bigger power draw requirements, three phase will usually be a requirement.
One of the benefits of three phase is that because it’s distributing power across the three wires, the current is lower on each active wire – which is nice for safety.
If you’ve got a super powerful ducted aircon system, or sometimes even just a jacuzzi in the back, you might already be on three phase power.
If you’re getting solar, three phase power lets you collect and use a lot more of that solar energy.
If you don’t already have three phase power and are thinking about solar, we can help with making the switch.
If you’re thinking about Solar, get an authorised level 2 electrician that’s approved for asbestos handling to check out your switchboard and power supply. They’ll make sure you’re safe.
If you’re already getting Solar, and they mention asbestos or three phase power, get your installers to reach out. We’d be happy to help.