If you’ve been considering solar for your home, you may have assumed it’s best to invest during the summer months when sunshine is plentiful and your panels are likely to receive benefits from an abundance of sunlight. While any time of year is a great time to invest in solar, there are some distinct benefits from doing your homework and getting set up in winter.
Let’s take a closer look.
Why think about solar in winter?
Contrary to common assumptions, winter is the perfect time to buy solar. Similar to pools and air conditioners, winter is the best time to invest in your new solar setup!
Despite the shorter days, getting your solar established during the colder months sets you up for the warmer seasons (the days begin to get longer after June 21). It provides time to do your research, select the best provider and the best deal, beat the rush and have everything installed before temperatures warm up - meaning you’ll hit the ground running from day one. What’s more, solar does, of course, work effectively during winter - so your benefits begin right away.
Looking for specific reasons to sort your summer solar in winter? Read on!
What are the benefits of investing in solar during winter?
So you need a little motivation to get the solar ball moving during winter? We’ve got you covered.
Avoid the rush
If you’d like to take your time to research systems, setups and companies, winter is the perfect time. As you can imagine, summer months tend to be the busier time of year in the solar industry. Approvals can take a little longer because of the higher demand and solar installers are often rushed off their feet in summer. By getting your system organised in winter, you’ll beat the summer solar crowds.
What’s more, the end-to-end process can take up to two months due to the approvals process, booking technicians and the required admin – so keep this in mind if you’re hoping for your installation to happen during spring.
Get ahead of the curve
Outside of peak season, solar companies more commonly run their best offers during winter. Once you’ve done your research and decided what type of system you’d like, what you’re looking for in a solar company, and what your priorities are, you’re well placed to move forward with ease. Of course, this all takes time – time that many solar customers don’t take into account - another reason that winter is the best season in which to organise your solar solution.
Set your foundation
Solar is not a small investment, so it’s important you feel confident in your decision. Spend some time during the cooler months to thoroughly understand system options and calculate your expected savings. Then when it comes time to make a decision, you’ll move forward with confidence.
By getting your solar installed during winter, you’re assured of hitting the ground running when the days begin to get longer (after June 21) - and maximise your savings from the first days of summer. The benefits you receive will only increase, once you’ve had solar installed - so the sooner you install solar, the more benefits you’ll experience!
Build your energy independence
When the summer sun hits, you’ll be set to take advantage of those rays and be less reliant on the energy grid. What’s more, with a Plico solar + battery solution, any excess solar you capture will be stored in your battery. A Plico solar battery provides reassurance and backup during blackouts, grid failure and potential load shedding that may occur during hot summer days when demand outstrips supply.
Now that’s smart ;)
After reading this article we think you’ll agree there are distinct benefits to getting a head start on the summer months by investing in solar during winter. At Plico, we’re on a mission to make solar as accessible as possible to as many Aussies as we can. If you’d like to talk through your energy needs and wants, call one of the switched-on Plico team members on 1300 175 426, or check out our Solar Savings Calculator for an estimate of what you can expect to save.