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[VIC] 6.6kW Solar System: Solis 5kW Inverter & 24 x 275W Q-Cell Solar Panels from $3,767* Installed @ Eko Energy

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Disclaimer: I work for eko energy

Offer is for a Tier 1, Clean Energy Council (CEC) Approved 6.6kW solar system comprising:

  • 5kW Solis Inverter, 10yr Warranty
  • 24 x 275w Q-Cells Panels, 12yr Product & 25yr Performance Warranty
  • In Melbourne Metro
  • Single Storey, Tin Roof
  • Fully Installed with a 5yr Installation & Workmanship Warranty
  • Starting Price From $3,767*
  • Optional upgrades to Fronius Inverter, SolarEdge Inverter, Redback Smart Hybrid Inverter + Battery, Sunpower Panels & Emberpulse Monitoring

*This offer is inclusive of the Victorian Governments $2,225 rebate, plus after the 1st of August you can apply on https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-panel-rebate to pay the remainder with no interest over 4 years from the Victorian Government.

For more info or any questions feel free to email me on kez.hassan@ekoenergy.co

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  • +1 vote

    Maybe prices have risen? I got fronius inverter and better panels for around that price in January.

  • +5 votes

    $6000 before vic rebate for an unknown installer, using old 275w panels and chinese inverter is too much

  • +5 votes

    the whole industry is ridiculous, as soon as rebates come out prices rise.

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    Why only 5 years workmanship? Most are 10 years??

    • -2 votes

      We offer upgrade to 10yr Workmanship Warranty if you wish for an additional $355.

      • +11 votes

        I never see mechanics or an electrician for instance offer an upgrade on workmanship, better quality parts and fixtures yes , it's generally done right the first time. You'd walk if they said ok pay an extra 20% and we'll do a better job…

        Maybe I'm missing something here,

      • +1 vote

        This sounds like an extended warranty upsell… Wow.

  • +1 vote

    Ok.. I’m gonna hold my breath and wait till there’s a better deal. I hope there’s someone else who’s installed it recently and care to share with all of us here. No disrespect OP..

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      Feel free to read reviews of others who have installed a solar system from eko energy - https://www.solarquotes.com.au/installer-review/eko-energy/

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      Best to find a better inverter. That's where it's good to put most of your budget.

      You want good workmanship too, nothing worse thana dodgy install.

      Contact Sparkin energy (Vic). They posted here in the past and I was very happy with them. Not sure of their current prices, but were reasonable in Jan for fronius inverter.

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      Not affiliated to anyone, I recently went with Solar Power Nation, after someone posted a deal here. They are the best on pricing. Paid 3250 for Longi panels and Huwawei inverter (6.6 Kw system).

  • +6 votes

    Mod removed my comment and downvote of "not a good deal" on this $6000 (exclude Victoria solar rebate) 6.6kw cheap old 275w panel and Chinese inverter solar package?

    For $6000 in Victoria, you can "easily" get many many contractors to do a 6.6kw system with 300w panel and 5 kw fronious inverter. These package usually comes with 10 yrs workmanship warranty while op charge a fee to upgrade from 5 year warranty.

    Yep. Mod owe me an explanation why my comment was removed. And why this deal is qualified to be "not get downvoted" on Ozbargain.

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      Mod owe me an explanation why my comment was removed. And why this deal is qualified to be "not get downvoted" on Ozbargain.

      Not a Mod but;

      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/wiki/help:voting_guidelines

      Inappropriate uses of negative vote
      Any negative vote that falls into any of these reasons will be revoked by a moderator. Negative votes for any other reason will not be removed by a moderator. These are verbatim phrases.

      No explanation of the vote
      “Not a bargain.”
      “Agree”
      “SPAM”
      “I don't like this deal”
      “I don't think it's a good deal”

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    What's the difference between a product and performance warranty?

    I've got a 3kw system installed in 2012 that has what looks like little white worms
    (corrosion) running through the panels. Produces 20kw per day at it's peak in Adelaide, so guessing that's normal performance?

  • +3 votes

    No disrespect mate, but it's a pretty average deal. Poly panels and Solis inverter for $3k+. The company I work for can offer a better system at the minimum $2,225.

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      Hit me up please. I'm getting solar, just can't find anyone doing it cheap enough with quality parts.

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    Guys… Note the even if u buy 6kv or 7kv,it will only make sense if use use this as well… As by supplying this back to grid, u won't get much. If you interested, 3kv should be enough for a whole house. I just got a quote for 4.5kv for 4.2k.and I only need to pay roughly half of this which would be 45$ per month. With the current rebate structure, it pays for itself in 4 years.

    • +1 vote

      In NSW at least, some of the FIT rates are higher than Controlled Load rates used for Hot Water, so still makes sense to export IMO.

    • +1 vote

      Marginal cost of adding panel up to 6.6kw is lower so it's almost worth it to upgrade to 6kw. You'll find that the cost per kw for a 6.6kw system is lower than 4.5kw, 7kw or 8kw even better but the 5kw export limit blows the equation so that 6.6kw is optimal for most households, unless your roof cannot accommodate it. Whoever told you that 3kw system is sufficient must be trying to brainwashed you into biting their overpriced system. Even for the most optimal roof orientation an 3kw system will probably produce less than 10kwh per day in Vic winter and for sure that's not enough to cover usage alone. And even if return of investment is considered then I can tell you 4 years is a bit too far away if vic rebate is included, me and a bunch of others jumped on the rebate soon after the government announced it and our RoI is around 2 years plus, well fast enough to avoid any further devaluation of FIT.
      and it should be written kw, not kv lol

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        Totally agree. Always best to oversize. I don't regret it for a second and our household are low users.

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        A solar company looked at my bill and told me a 5kW system was the one for us.
        BUT when I did the calculations 1.5kW was enough for my house simply because we hardly use any power during the day.
        Our usage ramps up after work hours when the sun goes down. Surely lots of people are similar.

  • -1 vote

    False advertising in terms of pricing.
    It's a $2225 REBATE that the homeowner has to apply for, so it's cashback and against Ozbargain rules to deduct from the price, especially since not all VIC households are eligible to receive it.

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      As of July, the rebate is now applied for by the installer, not the homeowner. So the rebate is deducted up front. The price you pay has the rebate already factored in. But only approved installers can request the rebate now.

      When you apply for the installation, the installer will request the rebate and get back to you once they have approval or not. If it's rejected you're not out of pocket with a solar system you can no longer afford. This is done before the installation or any contract is signed.

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        Oh, thanks, I did not know that. I'll rescind my down vote.

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          Here is some more info from the VIC government:

          https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-panel-rebate

          We’re also making it even easier to take up solar, introducing a new, more efficient system for applications.

          For customers that means understanding the Solar Homes Program eligibility criteria and then contacting an authorised solar provider for a quote.

          Your retailer will then upload your quote to the Solar Victoria Portal (the Portal), which will trigger the online process for your eligibility assessment. Once this is done, all you will need to do is upload proof of income and a Rates notice to confirm your details.  

          Once it’s confirmed that you are eligible, your retailer will claim the rebate on your behalf and deduct the rebate amount from the total cost of your system.

          You will then pay the outstanding balance directly to your provider once your solar is installed.

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    Few things, this is not a good deal for metro Melbourne. I'm currently helping a family member 300km west of Melb get quotes and this is regional pricing with no specials attached eg the local Solargain does these panels (24 QCELL 275w) and Fronius inverter for $6990 before the Vic rebate, I'm guessing your upgrade to the Fronius inverter would be about this price. Now unlike others I don't have an issue with Poly panels, they are a trusted and proven tech and if you have the roof space then there is no reason not to go with poly panels. However the benefit is they are cheaper than mono panels, but this isn't reflected in your price, for metro Melb these should be Qcell Qpeak duo panels.

    "*This offer is inclusive of the Victorian Governments $2,225 rebate, plus after the 1st of August you can apply on https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-panel-rebate to pay the remainder with no interest over 4 years from the Victorian Government."

    This isn't correct, the interest free component is only $2225 as well, the remainder would have to be paid off by the client (on the day of install presumably). In other words Vic solar will give a rebate of $2225 and a further interest free loan on another $2225, anything above this has to be paid by the client.

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      Wow solargain has raised their price too, last Oct when I enquired similar system cost lest than $6000 but with 305w jinko panel. Probably being regional means he get slugged couple hundreds extra but $7k is a bit steep for 275w panel

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        The 300w Jinkos were actually cheaper at 6600 but yes regional pricing is ridiculous, they are all roughly about this ballpark

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      from your research what is a good setup?

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        This comes down to the individual as some people think a cheap system is better value than a premium system. In Melbourne it seems you can get a 6.6kw system using cheap Chinese panels and Cheap Chinese inverters for 4-5k before the Vic rebate, this system should pay itself off in about 2-3 years. Alternatively you can get a more premium system for 6-7k before the rebate using Fronius, Solaredge etc inverters and Qcells, Rec etc panels that will pay itself off in about 4-5 years. I'd recommend ensuring you choose a quality installer which can be difficult when some larger companies have paid for positive reviews, normally a positive sign is a company that has their own crew that don't use subcontractors. Given the amount of solar installers that go belly up I would only use panels and inverters from brands that have an Australian office, this way if the installer goes bust your warranty will still be valid. Lastly this guide is a great starting point https://www.solarquotes.com.au/solar101.html

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    If your motivation to install solar is anything but economic you might want to consider that Qcells are a brand if Hanwah chemical which makes land mines, cluster bombs and other nasty devices. Do you really want to support such activities.

    As many have stated above this deal is not that great. You could get a better inverter and panels like REC with 25year product & performance warranty for about the same price.

    • +1 vote

      Depends how far you want to take your activism. I'll bet all disreputable companies are licensing some technology or IP that it also used in your smartphones and every day appliances. Are you going to stop using those things too because they are helping companies make land mines?

      Secondly, economics is not the only reason people get solar. Being green is the other main reason.

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