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Should I include solar panels in my build?

If you’ve got sustainability in mind, you may be wondering whether it’s a good idea to incorporate solar panels into your new build.

Solar panels have a few standout benefits like reducing your carbon footprint and keeping energy bills down, but you’ll need to do some planning and research first.

To make it easier, here’s a rundown of what you can expect from solar and what to keep in mind.

 

What are the benefits of solar panels?

Solar energy is completely renewable, and the best part is it’s free! After the initial setup costs, you’ll save on power bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

You might even succeed in becoming energy independent, reducing your reliance on the grid. What’s more, installing solar panels now could increase the re-sell value of your house in the future.

The amount of power you can generate will depend on your available space, and you’ll also need to consider your location – although solar panels still work on cloudy days, they perform best in direct sunlight. If your home is in a shady spot, it’s best to speak with your building team to confirm placement and/or suitability.

 

Solar panels and your budget

The benefits certainly offer plenty of motivation to make the move to solar power. To get things under way, you will need to look at incorporating the upfront costs of solar panels into your budget.

Solar panels are an investment in your future, from a sustainability and financial perspective. The good thing is that solar technology is getting cheaper to make and install. The amount you pay will depend on the size and quality of your system, as well as considering rebates.

 

Rebates and incentives available for solar panels

The short answer is – yes.

Government rebates and incentives vary between states and tend to fluctuate annually, so it’s important to get the latest information and shop around for a great deal.

If you need financial assistance there are also various ways to finance your installation, from leasing a solar power system to getting a solar loan to entering into a solar power purchase agreement. Government websites are a reliable place to start your research.

 

Get informed

Installing solar panels can have clear long-term benefits, but first you’ll need to consider whether it fits with your budget and goals.

Check out our five reasons to choose solar power for your home here.

It’s a great idea to speak with someone who can talk you through your options. Get in touch with the team at Fairhaven Homes and we’ll help you realise your dream of building a sustainable home.