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Solar Cowboys

Before you purchase solar power, it pays to do your homework

Installing solar power is a great way to cut your energy bills. But with so many solar cowboys out there, it’s easy to be taken for a ride.

The Future is Bright for Solar

Every day, more and more sun-loving Australians are turning to solar for their energy needs. With over two million rooftop solar systems installed on Australian homes, and an average of 9500 solar panels installed daily, solar is no longer the way of the future; it’s the way of now. Solar energy is good for the value of your home, excellent for the environment and great for your bank balance, so it’s easy to see why going solar makes so much sense.

The Rise of the Solar Cowboys

The growing popularity of solar has unfortunately attracted many dodgy operators whose high-pressure sales tactics, inferior systems, unreliable service, and unproven track records have left many solar customers stranded. Since 2011, almost 700 solar companies have gone bust or are no longer trading, leaving about 650,000 “solar orphans” without support or warranties.

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With this in mind, choosing a solar company you can trust is more important than ever.
To help you, here are five questions to ask before you invest in solar power.

With so many fly-by-nighters out there, it’s important to choose a company with a proven track record. With over 65 years in solar and over one million solar systems installed, Solahart is the trusted name in Australian solar.

Many solar companies are happy to give you a quote based on a satellite image. Solahart starts with a free on-site solar assessment. We’ll recommend the right system and the correct configuration that fits your budget and your energy consumption. Using a Solahart Savings Calculator, we’ll then estimate the savings you’ll make.

When it comes to solar power, don’t lose sight of what really matters: quality, reliability, and trusted warranties. Solahart believes in the adage, “Buy well, buy once”. Every Solahart system uses world-leading inverters and high-efficiency solar panels that comply with strict Solahart specifications and are built to withstand harsh Australian conditions.

At Solahart, we’re famous for our thoroughness. Before a component is introduced to our range, it must meet strict quality standards. We test panels for optimum performance and efficiency using Solar Panel Flash test data and Electro-luminescence (EL) imaging. We only select panels that are proven to be resistant to Potential Induced Degradation (PID) and Light Induced Degradation (LID).

All Solahart Solar Power systems are installed by fully qualified, trained and experienced Solahart professionals. This means a trouble-free process and a system that will be connected safely and in accordance with industry guidelines. Every Solahart Solar Power installer is Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited and every Solahart dealer is part of the CEC retailer code of conduct scheme.

Since 1953, Solahart has been the trusted name in Australian solar. And because Solahart offers solar hot water, solar power, and battery storage, it’s your one-stop solar shop. 

Contact us today to find out more

Solahart Solar-Ready water heater is a smart choice because it provides an immediate solution to your hot water needs right now and also gives you the flexibility to upgrade and save on your energy costs in the future.

Whether you need a simple solution to get back into hot water quickly, a solar water heater from day one, or the option to upgrade to energy-saving solar in the future, you’re in control.

And no matter which option you choose, enjoy the extra peace of mind with a 10-year cylinder warranty.


1: Solahart Warranty Details: 10/3/2 warranty; 10 year cylinder and collector supply, 3 year cylinder and collector labour, 2 year parts supply including labour; applies to a single family domestic dwelling only. All other applications have a 3/1/1/1 warranty; 3 year cylinder and collector supply, 1 year parts supply, 1 year labour.

2: Energy savings of up to 65% shown is based on Australian Government approved TRNSYS simulation modelling of a Solahart 302L and using a medium load in Zone 3 and apply when replacing an electric water heater. Any savings will vary depending upon your location, type of Solahart system installed, orientation and inclination of the solar collectors, type of water heater being replaced, hot water consumption and fuel tariff. Maximum financial savings off your hot water bill are achievable when replacing an electric water heater on continuous tariff. Refer to solahart.com.au for further information.

3: For a Solahart Solar Hot Water system, each STC represents 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity displaced over a 10 year period. The number of STC’s which may be created for the installation of an eligible solar water heater varies with the size and model of the solar water heater and the region (or zone) in which the unit is installed. The value of an STC is not fixed and varies depending on market factors.

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