Mallee Sun Solar FAQ
It is available in the Rural City of Swan Hill and across the whole Mallee region including Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura and Balranald Shires.
The Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy can supply and install solar power systems from 3kW to 100kW+.
Yes! We welcome enquiries from local installers. If you are interested please call Anthony on 0487 336 603. Note: You will need to be a Clean Energy Council Accredited Installer and be based in the Swan Hill region or nearby.
Specialized Solar is the solar provider for the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy, selected through a competitive tender process. Founded over 35 years ago, it is an Australian family-owned business with offices throughout regional Victoria. Specialized Solar is a Clean Energy Accredited Solar Retailer.
Specialized Solar has appointed Gary Schmidt Electrical, an established Swan Hill based CEC Accredited solar installer, to work as a sub-contractor to Specialized Solar.
Yes. Our solar provider is fully accredited to design, supply and install off-grid solar power systems. If you are interested, then complete the request for quote form on our website or call 1300 466 274.
General Solar FAQS
Have you been told by your electricity network provider that there’s a limit set to the amount of solar power you can export to the grid? This is called export limiting. Unfortunately, it is starting to crop up more frequently, particularly in rural areas where the electricity grid can be weaker.
This article aims to explain what export limiting is, and whether it is still worthwhile getting solar if you have an export limitation imposed on your property.
The amount of power that you can export to the grid is set by the local electricity network operator. In the Swan Hill municipality, that’s Powercor. Over the border in NSW, it’s Essential Energy.
The ‘poles and lines’ infrastructure of the electricity grid were designed years ago when solar wasn’t a big deal. Now that one in five Aussie homes have solar, this infrastructure is starting to show its age and get a bit creaky. On sunny days, when lots of power is being produced by solar systems, the grid can get maxed out resulting in power surges and issues with the quality of electricity supply.
Of course, the network operators have controls in place to maintain the supply and reliability of power to homes and businesses. One of these controls is to set limits to how much electricity can be sent back to the grid from solar power systems on homes and businesses. This is where export limiting can occur.
Typically in the Powercor area, the limit is 5kW of exports for each household solar PV system. But sometimes Powercor can reduce that to a lower figure, or even set a zero-export limit.
If this happens to you, is it still worth getting solar? The answer is generally YES, as long as your solar power system is designed correctly. If your solar system is sized so that most of the power generated by your solar system is used in your home, then you will be saving money. That’s because you’ll be using free sun power to run your home, rather than buying it from the grid. This is called ‘self-consumption’ and it is widely recognised that this is where the greatest savings are to be had.
Other ways of using the power that you can’t export to the grid include:
1/ Solar battery storage
We find that some people, when faced with an export limit, consider installing a solar battery storage system. With this approach, any excess power generated by your solar that you can’t use immediately in your home, is stored in your battery so you can use it later. Learn more here (link) about the battery storage solution offered through the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk-Buy.
2/ Hot water system
There’s nothing stopping you from diverting any excess power from your solar system into a hot water system that’s powered with an electric heat pump. With hot water accounting for around one-third of many household power bills, that can prove to be a smart financial move. Have a chat to the team at Specialized Solar if you are interested as they are qualified to supply and install hot water systems, as well as solar.
3/ Air conditioning split system
Another great option is to install an air conditioning split condition for heating and cooling your home using the electricity generated by your solar power system. This is another area of expertise within Specialized Solar, so do get in touch with them to have a chat and get a quote.
New FAQ : Answer
Almost all solar panels sold today have a 25 performance warranty, and the majority are expected to go the distance. When solar panels do eventually reach end-of-life we work together with companies such as Ecoactiv and PVCycle, who specialise in Solar Panel recycling and e-waste management solutions. Ecoactiv have solar panel recycling stations in all Australian states. Upwards of 95% of the PV panel can be recycled.
You can read more about Ecoactiv and PVcycle here: