About Empower Solar Australia
Brightening Australia with smart, simple and clean energy saving solutions. One customer at a time.
The Empower Solar Australia Difference
Empower Solar Australia (ESA) is a proudly Australian owned and operated business. Our national head office is located in Perth, Western Australia and we have a national presence in most states with offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney. As one of Australia’s leading designers and installers of residential and commercial solar systems, we understand what it means to be an Australian and the role each of us plays in preserving our special way of life. We know there is a better, less expensive and cleaner way for families and businesses to power their homes and businesses.
With ESA’s rooftop solar, storage and energy services, homeowners and business owners will not only save money but contribute to dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2).
It doesn’t just stop there our expertise extends to energy-efficient water heating and electric vehicle charging solutions; we offer the best energy-saving solutions for household water heating as well as the most efficient pool heaters.
All of our energy consultants are fully trained industry professionals who are honest, helpful, and calm, they will never push or coerce you. As each household & business uses its energy differently, there is no one size fits all so please take your time to explain your energy consumption and what you’re looking to achieve. Our energy consultants will then be able to provide a fully customised and costed proposal that’s tailored just for you.
How to Get Started?
The Initial Solar Assessment
We reach out to discuss with you your energy requirements, a copy of your electricity bill will reveal your current usage and we consider your plans and future energy needs. A check of the roof space will confirm your solar system size options.
System Design Options
Our Energy Consultants will provide a number of suitable solar system options. The system layouts are illustrated along with the estimated production and related savings, with the major components then presented; quality products that boast guaranteed performance.
Optimum System Solution & Design
The optimum solar system is then designed, one that will maximise your renewable electricity generation. Low-cost finance and flexible payment options are available and the government incentives are applied; industry leading component warranties are standard.
System Application Commencement
Once the preferred option is agreed you can take a step back, we will do the rest. A site inspection may be required and we will seek and obtain all the necessary approvals from your electricity retailer and Distributed Network Service Provider.
After all regulatory approvals have been obtained, our Operations Team will reach out to arrange a suitable and convenient installation date. The planning is complete, a more affordable and sustainable renewable energy future is at the starting line.
System Installation Completion
Our experienced installation team will arrive early on the day and will take all due care to ensure the solar system is installed to the highest possible standard. We stand behind our team with a 5-year quality of installation warranty.
Customer Assistance & Aftercare
Be assured we will be here for you in the future if and when you need our support, at Empower Solar Australia the customer relationship and our commitment to you commences when your solar system is energised.
Your journey with Empower Solar Australia doesn’t just end there. Refer a family, friend, or business and earn up to $800 per new ESA customer. For more information, see our Referral page.
Be Brave - Go Solar & Battery
Do I need to manually adjust the power flow of my solar and battery system?
No, the solar and battery system will integrate into your properties electrical circuits and will not impact or change how the power is distributed. Any excess solar energy will be exported back to the grid automatically and there is nothing for you to change or do once the system is commissioned.
What warranties will I have with my system?
The most common manufacturer warranty for a solar panel is between 15 – 25 years but this can extend to 40 years. Performance warranties on solar panels are between 25 – 40 years. An inverter manufacturer warranty is generally between 10 – 13 years, while most batteries on the market are provided with a 10-year manufacturer warranty. Choosing a product with an Australian presence and local supplier is essential, this ensures a straightforward claims process if a warranty claim is ever required.
Can my solar system prevent a blackout?
A solar system on its own cannot prevent a blackout as there is no way to store your electricity generation. With a solar and battery system we offer a backup function for an additional but nominal cost, this will provide you with limited power during an outage. We don’t generally recommend that you back-up the entire house unless you have a large enough inverter and battery. In order to prevent a total blackout, essential circuits are nominated and backed-up, this would be your kitchen, some lighting, the garage door and power outlets in the kitchen area.
Can I monitor the performance of my solar and battery system?
Yes, you can! Most inverters installed by Empower Solar Australia have either a built-in display or Wi-Fi with cloud-based monitoring. You can easily monitor your power output, electricity generation, energy export to the grid and your battery-storage levels. Our fully qualified and helpful installers will assist you to set everything up upon the completion of the system installation.
How long does an average installation take?
This comes down to the size of the system you have purchased and the difficulties that may be specific to your house for the installation. Generally, a half-day is required for a standard 6.6kW residential solar system. 1 – 2 days may be required for a larger solar and battery system.
Is my solar system battery ready?
This depends on the inverter you purchased at the time and what type of battery you are adding now or later down the track. If you have plans to add a battery later, please let us know in advance, we can then quote you a so-called, battery ready inverter (Hybrid inverter). We can also retro-fit a battery to an existing non-battery ready solar system, so please do not hesitate to enquire about your options.
Can I increase the size of my solar system and my battery capacity in the future?
This depends on your roof space and the size of the inverter. If you have sufficient roof space and additional capacity in the inverter, you could increase the size of your existing solar system or you could add a second system to your roof. Many batteries now in use support parallel units, more than one battery referred to as stackable. When the time comes then, we will be able to add another battery module to your existing solar and battery-storage system.
Can I finance my solar system?
Yes, you can! Finance is a very popular option, it’s like acquiring and then owning your property with a mortgage. Below is a summary of the most common ways to acquire and pay for a solar system.
- Cash – Paying cash for a solar system will give many other investments a run for their money. This method of payment will generate the highest return on your investment and it will may well produce a number of tax-incentives and benefits.
- Green loans – If you had to take out a new loan for your system, this is the best option for many. Green loans are offered by financial institutions that understand a person installing solar panels is usually a good prospect for finance with a typical green loan offering an interest rate of 5 – 8%.
- ‘Interest free’ solar loans – Finance companies which offer interest-free repayment options receive a fee (typically around 15-25% of the price) from the merchant (solar retailer in this case), which is where their margin is made. If you’re paying cash, the sticker price of a system may well be the same but the merchant will be much more negotiable on cost than if you’re financing the purchase. Also, an establishment fee monthly charges and other fees can add up over time, which equates to an interest rate like cost.