How to choose the best Solar Power Installer

LG Solar Panel Installer

We're obviously biased, but by buying local, you can get supported locally.
So we recommend to use a local solar power company, like the Camberwell Electrics Solar  Power Team, that can check your specific installation requirements. 

Please see the points below regarding the advantages of a local installer over an internet based solar sales company.

A local installer, like Camberwell Electrics, is more likely to fully evaluate your install requirements via a site visit and ask essential questions such as:

    • Do you need a meter board upgrade?
    • Have you recently had an energy audit done to see where you are using the most of your power?
    • What safety gear is required as part of the install?
    • How do we install scaffolding at a two storey home?


Camberwell Electrics Solar Power Customer Reviews 

Camberwell Electrics (Solar Power)  Hi Dale...

May 18, 2017 by Rina M

Hi Dale
Btw the way the roof looks awesome.  Very nice work.
Kind regards
Rina M 

Camberwell Electrics (Solar Power) Hi Dale...

May 17, 2017 by Jo & Andrew 

Hi Dale,
The solar panels look great by the way! Thanks .....
The placement looked great - could barely see them from the street or the backyard so very happy! 
We'll get hold of you once we move home again if we need any advice on getting the best out of our system. 
Thanks again.
Kind regards,
Jo and Andrew 

Camberwell Electrics (Solar Power) - Thanks Dale...

May 08, 2017 by Alex W 

Thanks Dale,
Your service was fantastic and memorable mate.
Look forward to doing business in the near future
Alex W  

Camberwell Electrics (Solar Power) - We were most impressed with your attention to this matter...

April 11, 2017 by Lindsay M

Many thanks for stepping up yesterday to our request...
We were most impressed with your attention to this matter and we wanted to express out appreciation to you and Tony.
Many thanks
The photos were invaluable
With appreciation
Lindsay M


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A local diversified company is more likely to be around in the future to service any warranty issues or system upgrades. 
With some call-focused solar companies longevity of the company can be an issue. For example, in Australia since 2011 over 500 solar have gone into liquidation*.

Because the Camberwell Electrics Solar  Power Team, recommends and uses the LG solar panels, then in future years LG is going top be around to make sure that you have our local company support for your LG panels. If you choose an unknown brand, the manufacturer may go out of business or the importer may stop importing these panels into Australia. It is recommended to buy branded solar panels from diversified manufacturers like LG with warranties that actually have a meaning.

As your local solar company, we will be more familiar with local electricity supply rules as well as knowing which local electricity retailer is paying the highest feed-in tariff. As a result the local solar installer will be able to give you the most up-to date advice.

Because Camberwell Electrics belongs to the authorised LG installer network, you can trust that we will install the solar power system to a high standard and act ethically in their business dealings with you, the customer.

All systems installed in Australia have to be signed off by an accredited solar system designer/installer. 

Best design features for a great solar power system include:

  1. The available roof space and optimum panel location
  2. The orientation and pitch of the roof(s)
  3. Impact of shading across all seasons and time of day
  4. The structural soundness of the roof
  5. Sizing the strings of panels for the correct voltage of the inverter solution
  6. Ensure the design meets building codes and electrical standards
  7. Determining the most suitable location for the inverter and the way the cables are run
  8. Considering appropriate monitor options and consider if batteries are appropriate


Poor Quality Solar Power Installers  -  Poor Quality Solar Power Equipment 

Unfortunately, as in any industry, some unscrupulous operators can affect the reputation of professional, positive and reliable suppliers.

Here are some helpful hints below to help you plan for a positive solar power installation experience.

1. Undertake some solar research via the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on

2. Do your research about brands and prices.

There are some very cheap offers in the market, but these cheaper deals can hide poor quality equipment that are made to appear like quality products.
You are looking for a product that lasts 25 years so that your financial investment is repaid over and over.
Find out about the company offering the very cheap deal.
For internet research try Whirlpool—the Green Tech section: Whirlpool Discussion Forum - Green Tech Site or the facebook group "Crap Solar".

3. Do not give into pressure selling and deadlines.

It's one of the oldest sales tricks in the book. If the sales person cannot give you the time to make a considered decision, then what are they fearful you will discover about the deal if you spend some time doing a bit of research?
If the company has just come into town for a solar deal, they will be gone after the install and you will be left to your own devices.
Please buy from local installers. In years to come you might need their local solar expertise and support.

4. How big is your roof and how big a solar system can it fit?

Try our roof size calculator to work out how big your solar system can be on your specific roof. To check the calculator results contact the Camberwell Electrics Solar  Power Team, and Dale McDonald can help you interpret and check the results. 
Remember to allow some reserve space for when you install a solar storage battery for night time solar power use, and then again for more battery storage capacity to charge up an electric car in future years. Your quality solar system is built to last 25+ years.
Go back 25 years to the days of 'brick' mobile phones, dot matrix printers and ghetto blasters to consider what the next 25 years may herald and how your home power needs may grow.

LG Solar Panel System Size Calculator 

5. Solar systems vary in quality and size and so does the price.

Set yourself a budget. As a rule of thumb each kW of a quality solar system will cost in the range of $1,500 to $1,700 for a residential system up to 10 kW. You will find a system for $800 to $1,000 per kW but you are looking at lower grade systems with less output productivity and shorter working life. This may cost you more in the future in repairs and replacements. You are making a 25 years or longer investment, so please consider quality and real warranty support over everything else. And remember a solar system with a good brand name and performance at the time you sell your home may increase your property value.

6. Panel Types & Certifications:

We recommend the high efficiency mono-crystalline solar panels, as this is the technology used most often in quality solar systems in the world today. It is also the most tested technology, as mono-crystalline panels have been mass produced since the 1970s. They have a black appearance and from our point of view will aesthetically blend in more to your roof and neighborhood than the blue multi-crystalline solar panel variety.

7. Solar systems attract government rebates if they have been registered with the Clean Energy Council.

You should check with the install companies if the offered panels are registered (most are nowadays). All LG panels are registered and have completed extensive fire resistance testing, a latest requirement (introduced in mid-2013) in the Australian Solar standards.

8. Manufacturer's Warranty:

Many manufacturers will offer 10 years' manufacturing warranty and an 80% output efficiency warranty at 25 years. For a normal consumer it becomes difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Companies like LG offer full parts and labour warranty and a replacement warranty. Finally make sure that the manufacturer has a local legal entity in Australia. Should you have a dispute in years to come, a company with no link and contact in Australia is hard to communicate with when it comes to consumer rights.

9. Choose a quality Inverter solution to go with quality panels:

An inverter is the heart of your solar system. It will have a direct impact on the efficiency of conversion from solar power to usable electric power of your system. The more efficient the inverter solution, the better the energy conversion process will be. The bigger and more established the manufacturer, the more likely warranty claims or required repairs will be dealt with smoothly.

  1. Mounting & Accessories:

There are building standards for every aspect of the mounting and electrical accessories used in a solar system. Quality systems are certified. Ensure that the installer uses the certified product by getting the products used in your system listed as part of the quote.

  1. Quotes & Buying: Do not get pressured by sales persons to sign a deal then and there. Avoid the traveling band of solar installers hitting town and then disappearing, never to be seen again. Use local installation companies and take your time before you buy.

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Camberwell Solar Power System FAQs

Please don't hestate to call Richard on either (03) 9835 4343 or 0457-860-113 to discuss any questions about how to get the best solar power installation.