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Air-Rite – a locally owned and operated company – can customise solar power solutions for any application – both domestic and commercial. We specialise in the design, supply and installation of Grid interactive solar power systems - covering the entire Sunshine Coast from Glasshouse to Gympie.

At Air-Rite, we don’t do glitzy bulk marketing, we don’t offer ridiculously transparent false discounts and we don’t use high pressure call centres to sell systems. We simply offer realistic honest advice, no obligation on site assessments and genuine pricing on a quality system built to your requirements.

Our installations are carried out by our own qualified staff – not price per job contractors – and we pride ourselves on our workmanship.

What is Solar Power?

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity.   SOLAR POWER SUNSHINE COAST

What are Grid interactive solar systems?

As the name implies this system is connected to the mains power grid via a special type of inverter. These systems do not have batteries and are not designed to provide back up power in the case of power outages. The basic system configuration is that of a number of solar modules (commonly called solar panels) usually mounted on your roof. A multiple number of solar modules is called an “array”. The array is mounted to the roof using a proprietary racking system that should be wind rated to AS1172.2. The array is then cabled back to a grid interactive inverter (which must comply with AS4777 to be connected in Australia). The array generates a DC voltage when exposed to sunlight with the inverter converting this to a 230 volt 50Hz AC voltage which is fed back into the main power grid via a switchboard.

There are no moving parts on a grid interactive solar system with the exception of a cooling fan which some types of inverters use. A great number of inverters are convection cooled thereby having no moving parts at all. Inverters can make a “humming” noise during operation, but are certainly not obtrusively noisey.

Maintenance requirements are fairly minimal. Cleaning of the solar module glass once or twice a year is recommended along with a 2 yearly electrical safety check.

As part of the installation, Energex will upgrade the metering to a type that has the ability to measure both imported and exported power.

Govt Rebates – Overview

Small Scale Technology Certificates or STC’s are a tradable commodity that form the basis for the upfront assistance for the purchase of a solar system. STC’s however are not of fixed value and are subject to supply and demand pressures in a regulated marketplace.

The number of certificates created is based on the capacity of the Small Generation Unit (SGU) and the renewable electricity the system produces.

For more information go to the Office of Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) or click here for the Small Generation Unit (SGU) Owners Guide

Solar Bonus Scheme

The Queensland Government also operates the Solar Bonus Scheme. In short this scheme will pay the customer 8 cents per kWh for electricity exported back into the grid system.

Special metering is installed by the appropriate electricity distributor (Energex or Ergon) after submission of the appropriate paperwork and completion of the GISS installation.

To maximize returns through the solar bonus scheme customers should endeavour to absolutely maximise their power use during the day when solar intensity is at its highest.

The scheme is administered by your electricity retailer. Some retailers may charge a fee to the customer for the upgrade of your existing metering, however we have been advised that both AGL & Origin DO NOT charge for this service. Please check with your retailer as these costs are not covered in any quotation we may provide you with.

Origin Energy and AGL are presently offering their customers a feed in tariff rate of 16 cents per kWh for exported power.