The Products We Use

We only supply products that we would happily use on our own homes & all systems are covered by the highest warranty periods


trinaTrina – Australia’s most popular brand of Solar Panel

They are one of the largest Solar companies in the world and were recently chosen for Australia’s largest rooftop solar system – a 1,2200kW system on the University of Queensland.

With superior performance in hot weather & a 25 year output warranty coupled with a 10 year structural warranty, you can’t go wrong.

Read the full product spec’s here


samilSamil Inverters – The perfect balance of quality & value for money

Photon Magazine (a German publication that is the Solar Industry bible) recently put a 4kW inverter through it’srigourous testing processes and it scored top marks in every category. In fact they declared it the best Asian inverter they had tested.

Points of Difference of a Samil Solar Inverter:

  • Can be installed indoors or out
  • Wide range of inverter sizes for flexibility in system design.
  • Over 30,000 inverters installed in Australia since 2009
  • Low failure rate at <1.5% (as of 18 Sept 2011)
  • A dedicated customer support line which fields technical inquiries free of charge (1300 134 793)

Read the full Product Specifications here


power_onePower One Aurora Inverter – Top European Quality

They have a 40 year history in the power supply product sector and are the second largest manufacturer of solar inverters globally. Designed and made in Italy the revolutionary performance of Aurora inverters ensures the best possible return on your investment.

Here are some features of a Power One Aurora Inverter:

  • Low start up voltages
  • Dual MPPT Trackers
  • Transformerless
  • Slimline & Lightweight Design
  • 100% European

Read the full product spec’s here


FAQs

How Much Will Solar Power Save Me?

1.5 KW system saves $480 per annum with 4kW of daylight usage
2 KW system saves $590 per annum with 4kW of daylight usage
2.5 KW system saves $700 per annum with 4kW of daylight usage
3 KW system saves $890 per annum with 6kW of daylight usage

Why Should I Bother Installing A Solar Power System?

  • Electricity costs are expected to outstrip inflation significantly
  • You can reduce (or eliminate) your electricity bill
  • Estimated Return on Investment (ROI) is 10 per cent or more (based on upfront payment)

Are Your Solar Panel Systems Good Quality?

  • Dan the Sparky Man use only high quality components in our solar panel systems, including maximum efficiency cells, panels and inverters
  • Our solar panel systems are fully tested and approved to Australian and International Standards
  • Dan the Solar Man’s systems all come with product warranties
  • All Dan the Solar Man’s installers are licensed electricians and Clean Energy Council accredited

What Size System Should I Install?

This depends on your power usage but an average 4 person family in an average 4 bedroom energy efficient home home could eliminate their power bill with a 3 or 4kW system. My definition of an energy efficient home is one that has LED lighting throughout the house, Hot Water System & Pool Pumps on Off Peak Tariffs & good general power saving habits.

How Long Until My Solar Panel System Is Installed?

We can usually have full installation completed within 2 weeks.

How Much Power Do Your Solar Panel Systems Generate?

  • a 1 KW system has an average daily production of 4.2 kW
  • a 1.5 KW system has an average daily production of 6.4 kW
  • a 2 KW system has an average daily production of 8.4 kW

How Does A Solar Power System Work?

Solar Panels soak up the Sun’s rays. The silicon layers of the photovoltaic cells in each panel produce DC current. The DC Current passes through an Inverter. The Inverter turns it into AC power which is the power we use every day. Your new solar electricity powers your lights and household appliances. Any excess electricity produced flows back into the Power Grid via your Meter. The size of the system and your usage will determine what your new electricity bill will be. This is called a “grid tied” system.

What Is A Stc (Previously Rec)?

A STC is a Small-scale Technology Certificate, an electronic form of currency.
You are entitled to receive STCs when you install a solar power system as you will generate power from a renewable source.
You usually assign this to the seller of the system, so that you receive an upfront discount to the value of the STCs (eg. $1,600 for a 1.5kW system).

What Is A Solar Credit?

It is a mechanism to increase the number of STC’s by a factor of 2. This is to make purchasing solar power attractive and affordable.
Each year the solar credits multiplier will be reduced, until the mulitplier is phased out by 1 July 2014

Will Government Assistance Remain In Place?

The Government plans to give you around $1,200 less per year, until it runs out, by steadily reducing the factor of 5 down to 1.

What Is A Feed-In Tariff?

It is an arrangement, where you will be paid for any excess electricity that your household produces. Excess electricity occurs when your solar system generates more electricity than the household is using at any instant. Your Energy Provider should give you 6 – 8 cents/kwh plus 8 cents/kwh from the Queensland Government) unless you have had your paperwork submitted prior to 1st July 2012. It is beneficial to bring forward your energy usage to daylight hours (25 cents v. 14 cents) Eg: washing machine, dishwasher

How Much Roof Space Do I Need For A Solar Panel System?

  • 12 m² for a 1.5 KW system
  • 16 m² for a 2 KW system
  • 24m² for a 3 KW system

Dan the Sparky Man can customise the panels to fit on your roof if necessary. We’ll discuss it with you when we complete the free site assessment.

How Does Shading Affect Solar Panels And Their Efficiency?

Solar panels should ideally be in full sun from 9am to 3pm.  Shading does have a direct negative impact on solar power output.

Do Solar Panels Need To Be Facing A Certain Direction?

Ideally your panels should be facing north to produce the most electricity.  East and west facing is okay, however south facing panels are not effective at all.

Do You Use Qualified Solar Panel Installers?

All Dan the Sparky Man Installers are licensed electricians, fully qualified and Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited.  All wiring is connected by a licensed electrician.

Can I Use My Current Meter For Solar Power?

To gain maximum benefit from Feed In Tariffs, a new meter will be necessary.  DTSM Solar will organise your new meter, which is provided for free from Energex.

Is Ongoing Maintenance Required For My Solar Panel System?

Your solar panels will usually have the same tilt as your roof, ensuring that they are self-cleaned by natural rainfall.  Still, an occasional wash-down will ensure optimum performance.  It is possible that the inverter could need replacing after approximately 10 years.

Will My Solar Panel System Heat My Hot Water?

Your solar panel system will not heat your hot water, however it will offset the power needed to heat your hot water.

Will My Solar Panel System Eliminate Power Blackouts?

No. Grid Connected Systems do not have a battery back up.

Will A Hailstorm Damage The System?

All our solar panels pass an Australian Standards test for hail damage.  However it is advisable for you to add your system to your insured items.

 

The Products We Use

We only supply products that we would happily use on our own homes & all systems are covered by the highest warranty periods


Trina – Australia’s most popular brand of Solar Panel

They are one of the largest Solar companies in the world and were recently chosen for Australia’s largest rooftop solar system – a 1,2200kW system on the University of Queensland.

With superior performance in hot weather & a 25 year output warranty coupled with a 10 year structural warranty, you can’t go wrong.

Read the full product spec’s here


SAMIL INVERTERS – The perfect balance of quality & value for money

Photon Magazine (a German publication that is the Solar Industry bible) recently put a 4kW inverter through it’srigourous testing processes and it scored top marks in every category. In fact they declared it the best Asian inverter they had tested. Read the article here

Samil Solar Inverters: Points of Difference

  • Can be installed indoors or out
  • Wide range of inverter sizes for flexibility in system design.
  • Over 30,000 inverters installed in Australia since 2009
  • Low failure rate at <1.5% (as of 18 Sept 2011)
  • A dedicated customer support line which fields technical inquiries free of charge (1300 134 793)

Read the full Product Specifications here


Power One Aurora Inverter – Top European Quality

They have a 40 year history in the power supply product sector and are the second largest manufacturer of solar inverters globally. Designed and made in Italy the revolutionary performance of Aurora inverters ensures the best possible return on your investment.

  • Low start up voltages
  • Dual MPPT Trackers
  • Transformerless
  • Slimline & Lightweight Design
  • 100% European

Read the full product spec’s here