General solar FAQs
I want to install solar on my roof. How do I start?
Council has teamed up with the Australian Energy Foundation to connect you with reputable, trustworthy suppliers.
Call the Australian Energy Foundation on 1300 23 68 55 to find out if you’re able to put solar PV on your roof. Their energy advisors will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
You can also request an obligation-free solar quote by clicking on this link to their solar quote page.
There are so many solar suppliers – which one should I use?
Suppliers that have been vetted through a trusted source. Inner West Council have engaged the Australian Energy Foundation to do this for you. The Australian Energy Foundation's suppliers are secured though a rigorous selection process - they have found trusted suppliers so you don't have to.
The procurement process provides due diligence on product quality, warranty length, cost and customer service. All selected suppliers must be certified through the Clean Energy Council for the installation of solar PV systems.
The suppliers are chosen based on:
- Quality of product
- Length of warranties
- Financial sustainability
- Shared company values
You can find more about the Australian Energy Foundation's supplier selection process here.
Do I need development approvals to install solar PV?
In most situations, no.
In general, household rooftop solar panel installations do not require development consent if certain requirements are met. Some of these requirements include reducing their visual impact, especially on properties with heritage significance (e.g. heritage items or in heritage conservation areas) and limiting impact on neighbours. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may need to submit a development application (DA). The DA fee is waived for solar-only applications.
If clarification is needed, you can call Inner West Council's duty planners on 9392 5000 to check.
It is also important to ensure that the chosen location for panels is not likely to be overshadowed by future development on neighbouring properties.
I want to find out about approvals for solar
How do I make sure my panels are working properly?
Although solar PV systems are fairly low maintenance, the Australian Energy Foundation recommends getting your system checked every 5 years by a Level 2 electrician.
The Australian Energy Foundation also has an excellent guide to step you through doing a solar health check on your system. Click here to get the downloadable solar health check.