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[VIC] 6.6kW QCell Solar Panels with European Fronius Inverter Fully Installed from $5,966 after Rebates @ Eko Energy

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Get a 6.6kW solar system fully installed from $4,078 + $1,888 Vic Gov no-interest loan (after $1,888 Vic Gov rebate)

  • 20 x Q-Cells 330W Q.Maxx G5 Tier 1 Solar Panels (12-year Product & 25-year Performance Warranty)
  • Fronius Primo Inverter (Top 5 PV inverter supplier globally with a 10-year warranty)
  • Optional upgrade to SolarEdge DC optimised inverter solution from an additional $950

Book in a no-obligation telephone consultation to discuss here - https://info.ekoenergy.co/meetings/kez-hassan1

Solar investment can be bundled into reduced mortgage repayments with BankAustralia's Clean Energy Home Loan starting from 1.74% fixed for 3yrs. More details here - https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/531710

Highly recommend you register for updates on the Victorian Governments Solar Homes Program by heading to https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/subscribe and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SolarVictoriaAU/

Why eko energy;

*Inclusive of the maximum $1,888 Victorian Government Rebate & $1,888 interest-free loan from www.solar.vic.gov.au subject to meeting Solar Victoria's eligibility criteria and approval. Based on a single storey, tin roof, no split arrays, suitable switchboard, single-phase power, & Melbourne metro.

Disclaimer: I work for www.ekoenergy.co

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  • Can't complain with the gear, as long as the install is good, looks decent!

  • How much for a three-phase in VIC 3030 area?

    • +1 vote

      For a three-phase Fronius 5kW Symo inverter in VIC 3030 with the 20 x Q-Cells, you'd be looking at a starting price of $4,496 + $1,888 Vic Gov No-Interest Loan (after $1,888 Vic Gov Rebate)

      For Vic Gov eligibility criteria - https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-panel-rebate

      To determine an exact quote based on your homes setup, switchboard, roof space, etc, feel free to book in a convenient time to discuss over the phone here - https://info.ekoenergy.co/meetings/kez-hassan1

    • Hi dumb question, why people need 3 phase? Doesn't standard household run single phase? What's the beneficial running 3 phase?

      • +1 vote

        You can install a single-phase inverter on 3-phase supply. It just depends if you know what electrical appliances you have running on each phase. We can assess this for you.

        Typically most homes run single phase and it's more than enough to run all your appliances.

        Generally, homes that have 3-phase, use more power, for example, industrial machinery, workshop, welder. Then there are some homes that have 3-phase as their electrician/builder may have recommended that from the outset due to dedicated circuit for say slab heating, pool pumps, spas, industrial air con, industrial refrigerators etc.

        Here is a handy article - https://www.solarchoice.net.au/blog/solar-power-single-phase...

      • I have 3-phase power at home for ducted air conditioning, but it also gives me additional capacity for more appliances. If I didn't have 3-phase, I wouldn't have been able to install a full-power electric car charger, or an induction cooktop as I would have maxed out my incoming supply feed with single phase. Three phase triples it so I get 3x as much power coming to my property.

  • Why can’t you post the deals before rebates? Is everyone entitled to the rebates? My understanding was that VIC were first in best dressed and it was capped.

    • There’s plenty of rebates to go around. Since it dropped from $2225 to $1888, it’s fairly easy to get in. As long as the household income isn’t over $180k and property value isn’t over $3m, most people should be eligible.

      Not associated with OP, but I’m in the industry.

    • +1 vote

      Victorian households are eligible to receive a rebate for installing a solar PV system if they meet the following criteria:

      • they are the owner-occupier of the property
      • the owners have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per year (based on last year’s Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment)
      • it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million
      • they do not have an existing solar PV system*

      Once you’re confident that your property fits the eligibility criteria, you should start researching solar retailers who are authorised to participate in the Program and can meet your energy needs.

      • Early adopters who installed their system prior to 1 November 2009 are eligible to replace or expand their existing system. However, those receiving the Premium Feed-in Tariff should consider whether they will be better off if they replace their existing system.
  • At least OP is posting the true price not like others in the site

  • I have 6.1kw system Qcell 305w G4 and Fronius installed in June 2018 at $4850 and it’s been great. Like Sydney weather today it generated 22kw as we speak.

  • It's good gear but the price seems a bit on the high side/ standard pricing, not really seeing the deal here.

  • I'm about to buy a system so I dug a bit further there.

    It's hard to find many online/independent reviews about Eko.

    The ABN record goes back about 8 years. A couple online reviews refer to Jim's Energy (a previous name): https://abr.business.gov.au/ABN/View?abn=34158561927. Domain is very new.

    Our local council does bulk buys of solar systems as part of SolarSavers and I found references to Eko there (https://solarsavers.org.au/installation-equipment/)

    It's coming out on the highest side of the quotes I got from SolarChoice (like-for-like gear)

    • Hi mate Ive just started looking at quotes for solar in Melbourne. Would be keen to know which companies you're looking at as I went on energymatters and 2 companies so far have quoted me around the price above but for what i believe to be lower quality panels/inverter.

  • How much for installation on a single story tiled roof in 3437 with the Fronius Smart Metre?

  • Solar investment can be bundled into reduced mortgage repayments with BankAustralia's Clean Energy Home Loan starting from 1.74% fixed for 3yrs. More details here - https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/531710

  • what's the "from" price for Metro Melbourne (VIC), double storey home with 3 phase on tiled roof?

    • For a 3-phase Fronius 5kW Symo inverter with the 20 x Q-Cells on a double-storey, tiled rood in Metro Melbourne, you'd be looking at a starting price of $4,708 + $1,888 Vic Gov No-Interest Loan (after $1,888 Vic Gov Rebate)

      For Vic Gov eligibility criteria - https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-panel-rebate

      To determine an exact quote based on your homes setup, switchboard, roof space, etc, feel free to book in a convenient time to discuss over the phone here - https://info.ekoenergy.co/meetings/kez-hassan1

      • This seems to be good for the specific product you are providing if you are looking at installing a solar panel already. However, it still kind of standard pricing we can get any day of the week. Any additional Ozbargain Discount to entice those sitting on the fence? (like me?)

        • Sure, feel free to introduce a friend or family member, if you each buy a system, you each get $100 off https://www.ekoenergy.co/refer-a-friend/

          • @ekoenergy: Btw, how quickly do you do the paperwork at the back end? I heard you guys have a massive backlog, but that could be just a rumour from an existing customer. Have you caught up? What's the estimated timeframe nowadays for you to lodge paperwork after the install to the electric coys?

            • @Besean: Install time frames used to be 10-14 weeks, we are now installing within 6-8 weeks. Paperwork post-install usually takes 10-14 working days. The delays with electricity companies sit with the electricity retailers dragging their feet in getting your FiT (Feed-in-Tariff) setup. When we install a system, on the day of installation, its operational and producing you power. We encourage customers to call their electricity retailer within 1-2 weeks of eko energy completing all the paperwork, this is to put pressure on them not to drag their feet with you FiT!

  • Warranty includes labour?

    • Yes it does include labour

    • Based on my research a year ago, QCell offers warranty but the consumers pay for the costs of panel removal and installation and also delivery costs. Your installer may provide the above service for free but installers come and go and thus you take this risk.

      Please correct me if I am wrong.

      • All our warranty claims are dealt with in-house in our Mulgrave, VIC head office. We deal and process the claims on your behalf with Q-Cells. We don't leave this to the customer to chase up with the manufacturers. We absorb the cost of panel removal, installation and delivery costs. It is NOT a cost we pass on to the customer.

        In terms of installers come and go, we are fortunate we have been doing this since 2007 and 49% owned by EnergyAustralia, which gives us strong financial backing, and long-term credibility that we will be around long into the future to service any potential warranty claims. (https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/energyaustralias-partners...)

  • So if we earn over $180k do we add the rebate of $1888 to the total and include the $1888 loan into the upfront amount? Very annoying comparing solar when the rebates are assumed…

    • +1 vote

      Correct, so in this case, you wouldn't be eligible for the Vic Gov Rebate or No-Interest Loan so the total out-of-pocket investment would be $7,854.

      The Vic Gov, unfortunately, haven't given specific guidance to solar retailers on how we should advertise the rebates and no-interest loan. There is no industry standard on how this should be advertised. This is why we always encourage our customers to speak with us so we can talk them through it step-by-step.

  • Last question - How easy would it be to install a battery after? Do we need any converters or anything for this particular system or just plug and play? What would be the pricing of the battery installed (on top of the system price)? (can you state specific battery)

    • We offer both Tesla PowerWall 2 and Redback Smart Hybrid Inverter & Battery.

      Budget between $10 - $15k on top. Unfortunately, Batteries are still expensive.

      In order to answer your specific questions, its best we have a brief chat over the phone so I can better understand what you are aiming to achieve, feel free to book a time here that works for you - http://info.ekoenergy.co/meetings/kez-hassan1

  • +2 votes

    Can't comment on Q-Cell panels (heard they're pretty good) but I'm getting solar installed next week. Specs:

    10.89kw Solar PV System
    1x Fronius Primo 8.2KW Single Phase Inverter
    33 x Jinko Cheetah HC330W Mono black frame solar Panels
    $4935 out of pocket after rebates. $1888 of that will be paid over 48 months interest free so just over $3k out of pocket initially.

    I'm in Victoria BTW.

  • my friend just installed jinko 370Wx18 (half cut which the latest jinko panel) 6.6kw + fronius 5kw which $4287 after rebates, no deposit upfront, fully installed and in Victoria as well
    the price is cheaper, less roof size required which better for your house.
    not a bargain

  • In defence of the OP, one of the most important thing about getting Solar installed is actually having the business still standing when time to make a claim on warranty.

    A lot of installers have been telling me that the panels themselves last for a while, but it’s the wiring and the inverter that’s breaks down. (Even the best - like Fronius).

    If the business goes broke, you’ll be up for an arm and a leg to get it replaced, even under warranty… (labour costs and postage costs)

    so sometimes paying a little more for a reputable company that you know will most likely still be around in 5 years is better than the cheapest deal for solar panels.

    Personally I think for the parts supplied for this deal together with the history of this company and it’s backing, it’s a good deal, just not a bargain.

    There’s only a few solar companies that’s been around for more than 5 years.

    • Thanks @multi97

      We are finding there are a lot of solar companies that are advertising heavily on social media, TV, radio at the moment with what I’d classify as “desperation – cheap - heap”

      Unfortunately, with COVID19 a lot of companies will fold. We are noticing heavy discounting in their desperation to get deals in and cash into their business. Whilst it’s potentially great at the moment to pick up a cheap bargain, our fear, is that those customers will be left to pick up the pieces when that business is no longer in existence to service any potential warranty claims if the system stops working for whatever reason.

      Warranty claims directly with the manufacturers of the panels and inverter are near on impossible as they generally have to be processed by the original installer of the panels and inverters.

      We’ve seen it time and time again, where customers come to us after they bought what they thought was a sweet cheap deal from a competitor that quickly turns sour when the system stops working after a few years, and the customer has nowhere to turn to get it fixed.

      The fortunate benefits of going with eko energy are;

      1. We are 49% owned by EnergyAustralia, the 3rd largest electricity retailer in Australia, giving eko energy a strong balance sheet to weather the COVID storm – this gives you peace-of-mind and confidence we will be around to service any potential warranty claims long into the future.
      2. We have been doing this since 2007 and have installed over 9,000 systems across Australia – again this gives you the reassurance that you are getting a quality system by an experienced company.
      3. Over 20 councils have done their due diligence on us as a company and our products to ensure their residents don’t come knocking on the council's door if the customer is not happy for any reason with their solar system.

      For further reading, feel free to check out this article - https://www.solarquotes.com.au/cheapsystems.html

  • Currently there are 48 comments and only 1 positive vote for the entire deal….

    She works hard for the money
    So hard for it, honey
    She works hard for the money
    So you better treat her right …

  • Noob question, but do these Fronius inverters come with the ability to remotely monitor usage/efficiency using an app?

    • Fronius has in-built wifi and you can remotely monitor the solar production of your system as a whole using the app or webpage.

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