Considerations Before Installing

These are the factors you need to consider before installing solar.

Before installing solar panels on your home, it’s a great idea to have a plan and a basic understanding of how solar will work for your home specifically.

Each household has different electricity needs, and each house is designed differently which can have an impact on the energy efficiency of your solar power system.

How much electricity do you use in your home, and when do you use it?

Self-consumed solar energy is the most valuable form of energy, with the financial benefits coming in two or three times higher than exported solar electricity. In saying that, it’s great to know that you’ll receive a financial return on any excess energy, so having additional panels is certainly not a bad thing.

Take the time to measure how much electricity you use each day, and track the times when your home is most active. This is also a great time to make adjustments to ensure your understand how many panels you’ll really benefit from.

Some tips are:

  • Set automatic timers on the appliances that you might run outside of daylight hours (washing machines and dishwashers).
  • Make sure timers are set correctly on your pool pumps and hot water systems.
  • Shift as much energy as possible to the daytime, to increase the returns on your solar system.

Once all of this is done, you’ll be able to accurately measure how much solar energy your household will be able to use, minimising external electricity bills and making the most of your solar energy.

How many panels should I get?

When you first install solar panels, our team at Esena Energy recommends that you install as many panels as you can. Realistically, the only limitations to how big your solar power system can be are:


This will depend on what you have decided you'd like to invest. Look at your quarterly bills, and put them up against both the initial cost of a solar system and then the ongoing savings, and decide what works for best for you.

What your roof can fit

Each system needs to be assessed and designed to function as efficiently as possible. As an example, if you install a 6 kW system with 20 average-sized panels, your system will likely measure approximately 27 feet wide by 13 feet long – 352 square feet in all.

We can help you figure out each of these, simply get in touch with us and we will give you all the information you need.

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What our solar customers say...

“Extremely happy with our solar system from Esena Energy. The system has paid itself off quicker than anticipated and monitoring and smart home offering is amazing. We don't pay any electricity bills and have total control over the appliances in our home. Great value and great service.”

Brad WeaverBrooklyn Park SA

“The team at Esena Energy installed an 8kW solar system at my home and we've been very happy with its performance. They had in-depth knowledge of the products and designed a solar system that was suited to our exact needs. The smart home solution is amazing!”

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Our Process

How The Residential Solar Installation Process Works


Initial Consultation

We’re working together to get the best solution for your home so we will meet with you and work towards your needs and ultimate goals

Data Evaluation

We love data! We match your average electricity usage with the closest Aussie home’s electricity so that we can design the best solution for you to get you the best return on investment and the best performing solution.


Once our in-house experts have finished their evaluations and designed the ultimate power saving solution for your home, it’s time to present you our work with all the cool graphs and investment figures that will put the power in your hands.

Final Site Inspection

Prior to installation, our head technician will arrange a final site inspection to prepare an installation plan ensuring the installation goes as smooth as possible.

Approvals and Installation

Our team will manage all of the approvals needed from the different industry stakeholders and schedule in the installation. The timeframe and site access will be arranged with you in our installation plan.


What’s the use of installing an awesome solar system and not knowing how and when to use it?!! All of our solar systems come standard with Emberpulse meaning you can track how your solar system is performing; how and when you’re using power; and most importantly which appliance is consuming the most power and when!


The best part of the process starts here. Once your solution has been commissioned you start enjoying the savings and we ensure your savings meet our projections through site monitoring and maintenance plans.

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