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Best solar panels and systems in the market for you

We offer a free onsite consultation to help you choose the best solar panels and system for you.

SolarNova can deliver the 3 types of solar systems in the market

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Grid connected Solar PV systems, recommended for low energy users

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Grid connected Solar PV systems with battery back up, recommended with high energy usage per household

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Stand alone Solar PV systems, for people committed to zero carbon emissions.

Hybrid systems are the fastest growing systems for 2019. Hybrid systems are solar system connected to the grid with battery back up.

SolarNova can help you pick the right panel

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THIN FILM

Thin film solar cells

Less powerful than crystalline solar cells requiring more panels on the roof

Shorter shell life than crystalline panels.

POLYCRYSTALLINE CELLS

Polycrystalline cells are our from an ingot made up of many smaller crystals.

Polycrystalline solar cells are made from multiple silicon sources and are marginally less efficient than Monocrystalline.

MONOCRYSTALLINE

Monocrystalline solar panels are black in colour and have a reputation for higher efficiency and a premium price.

Monocrystalline cells are cut from a silicon ingot grown from a single large crystal of silicon and are more efficient than polycrystalline cells.

Monocrystalline cells typically have the longest life expectancy.

See SolarNova’s Solar Panel’s  Buyers Guide for picking the right solar panel.

How many solar panels will you need?

The number of solar panels required is related to the output of your whole system. The key considerations are:

Consumption

Energy consumption, the number of KwH required to cover the electricity bill. The avergae solar panel power output in 2019 is 300W. For average household requiring 22 panels for 6.6 kW size system.

Roof size

The final number of panels for you will come down to how many you can fit on your roof. If you have a lot of roof space you can opt for more panels at a lower cost per panel.

Panel performance

You will require fewer high performing panels. For a high output LG panel (370 Kw) you only need 18 panels compared to 300W Trina Solar panels.

We are installers of all solar panel brands in Australia including Q Cells, Trinasolar, LG and Sunpower. SolarNova partner with you to find the solar panel that is right for you. Our friendly team will take the time to find the right solar panel for you.

Pick the right inverter with SolarNova

All our inverters are Clean Energy Council Certified to meet Australian standards. Ask the team at SolarNova about our free onsite consultation we can advise on the inverter that is right for you.

SolarNova inverters can be found on Clean Energy Council’s register of approved modules and inverters that meet Australian standards

We are installers of all leading inverter brands in Australia including SMA, Sunnyboy, Huawei and Enphase inverter.

SolarNova partner with you to find the inverter that is right for you.

What is an inverter?

If the panels are the heart of the solar system, the inverter acts like the brain of the solar system. The inverter manages the flow of power from your panels to your home and converts the energy into a usable form.

What does the inverter do?

Converting DC to AC- When panels generate energy from the sun, the energy flow is DC (Direct Current). Home appliances connected to the grid use AC (Alternating Current). The inverter will convert the DC to AC in order for the power to be consumed by the household appliances.

There are 2 types of inverters; String inverters and Microinverters (optimisers can also be installed on each panel in addition to a string inverter).

String inverters

String inverters are used when there is simple panel designs and there is ample usable roof space. String inverters are  installed next to metering, typically in your garage or low levels of your home with easy access. String type of inverters can either be  a Grid Tie inverter or a Hybrid inverter. The Hybrid inverter  will work even when the grid is down. The Hybrid inverter is used in places where blackouts  regularly occur, as they are easy to be installed with the battery in storage. In those cases where String inverters are used and there is shading, an optimiser can be added to the panels.

Microinverters

Microinverters are where shade on the roof limits the solar panel designs. In such cases the panels need to be scattered often in different positions catching the sun in different positions or missing spots of heavy shading. Microinverters are installed on each solar panel and converts power from DC to AC at the panel level.

Finally the choice on inverter will come down to how much energy you need your solar system to generate.

See SolarNova’s Solar Inverter’s  Buyers Guide for picking the right inverter.

Pick the right battery with SolarNova

Battery storage is intended to capture unused electricity for later use, such as on cloudy days or at night time.

We are resellers of all leading battery brands in Australia. SolarNova partner with you to find the battery solution that is right for you.

4 Key Criteria To Choose The Battery Solution That Is Right For You

PERFORMANCE

Depth of discharge (DoD)

The amount of battery discharge before thereis battery degradation.

Lithium batteries 80–90%

Lead-acid batteries 50–60%,

Flow batteries can be discharged 100%.

POWER

How much power (in kilowatts) the battery can deliver.

Continuous power

is the amount of power delivered while the battery has enough charge.

Amount of the power depends on the battery capacity  and  type of battery inverter.

Amount of the power depends on the battery capacity  and  type of battery inverter.

LONGEVITY

Total number of charge/discharge cycles

How many cycles of charge and discharge the battery can perform before it’s considered to reach the end of its life

Lifespan (years or cycles)

The expected life of the battery (and its warranty) can be rated in cycles (see above) or years (which is generally an estimate based on the expected typical usage of the battery).

Usually brands like LG Sonnen and Alpha ess, BYD come with ten years warranty.

TEMPERATURE EXTREMES

Ambient temperature range

Batteries are sensitive to temperature and need to operate within a certain range. They can degrade or shut down in very hot or cold environments.

Majority of big brands lithium ion batteries are compitable with Australian climate.

See SolarNova’s Solar Batterys  Buyers Guide for picking the right solar battery.

Solar comparisons, quality versus cheap

Quality issues at a glance

The following issues with Australian home solar installations and systems, were found by research by Choice magazine and published in 2018.

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Problems With Their System
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Problems With Their Installer
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Did Not Get The Energy Savings Promised
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Problems Were With an Inverter

“Our designs and installations are supervised by a team of electrical and mechanical engineers and environmental scientists.”

Every SolarNova installation is supervised and installed by CEC Accredited installers end to end from our initial free consultation, the sale of products, design of the system, installation and your certification of compliance for electrical work.

CONSULT

SolaNova can provide free initial onsite consultations to ensure we provide you with a quote that truly meets your needs.

RETAIL

SolaNova are a retailer of  Australian standard solar systems.

We maintain ongoing research and development to ensure our customers get the very best in quality and savings.

DESIGN

Our system designers puts the panels, inverters and battery design together to meet the needs of your home, budget and lifestyle.

INSTALL

Our installer gets on the roof and puts the system in place.

ELECTRICIAN

A qualified electrician, completes all the electrical work and provides a CCEW on completion of works.

SolarNova warranties

Performance warranty for solar panels

25 Years

guarantee your solar panels will produce a minimum percentage of their rated capacity.

Workmanship warranty

10 Years

means that no matter what happens, SolarNova covers parts and labour on any component in your system.

Inverters depending on the brand

5-10 Years

our Inverter manufacturer’s warranty covers parts and labour for five years, and an additional five years for parts only. Some Inverters have full warranty for 10 years.

Solar batteries depending on the brand

10-20 Years

a battery might be warrantied for 5,000 cycles or 10 years at 70 percent of its original capacity