Moving into a home with existing solar? Here’s what you need to know.

The trend towards sustainable energy is rapidly growing, and Australia is no exception. In fact, if you’ve recently moved or are planning to move to a home that already has solar panels, you’re joining a growing group of Aussies capitalising on the sun’s power.

Moving can be both thrilling and nerve-wracking. When you add the intricacies of an existing solar system to the equation, it might seem overwhelming. But fear not – we’re here to break it down for you.

Get your existing solar system checked by an expert.

When you decide to switch to solar power, you invest a lot of time and effort in researching and selecting the best system for your needs. However, purchasing a house that already has a solar system installed may seem like an ideal choice, as the previous owner has already done all the hard work for you.

But, it is always recommended to have a solar expert inspect your solar system after you move in. These experts can help you understand how your solar system works, identify and fix any necessary repairs, and ensure that the general maintenance of the solar panels is up-to-date. You can book a regular solar system clean and health check with Star Plus Energy and keep your system running smoothly for many years to come.

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Find the perfect solar plan for your needs.

When you move into a house that already has solar panels installed, it can be a great value-add. With a solar system, the energy you use during the day will be sourced from it first. Any excess energy you produce will be sent back to the grid, and you will receive a feed-in tariff.

When you are ready to reconnect your electricity in your new home, consider comparing all-in-one solar energy plans customised to your needs. This way, you can save time and cross off a few things from your moving checklist at once.

Save even more with a solar battery.

If your current solar system does not include a battery storage option, adding one can help you maximise your savings. With solar battery storage, you can store the excess energy that your solar panels generate during the day and use it at night, reducing your reliance on the grid.

Moreover, if your solar system produces more energy than your battery can store, the excess will be sent to the grid, and you’ll receive credits on your bill for the exported amount. This means that you’ll have more solar savings in your pocket.

If you’re unsure whether you need solar storage, consider how often you’re home during the day and whether you use more energy at night.

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Leaving your solar system behind?

With solar systems expected to last about 25-30 years on average, it’s no wonder people often want to take their solar system with them when they move.

Like with any electrical work, it is a requirement by law that solar systems be brought up to the most current code when worked on, and that includes relocating systems. It’s likely the Australian standards have changed since your solar system was installed, and often, bringing the system up to the latest standards includes upgrading the inverter and panels.

Even if your solar system is brand new, the cost of removing the system, transporting it and re-installing it can be very costly, making it cheaper to install a new system than to move your old one.

Solutions for all your solar energy needs.

Star Plus Energy has been maintaining solar systems for more than a decade, so you can trust us to get the job done. Our solar experts will ensure your system operates efficiently and safely using industry best practices.

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