With energy costs on the rise and a range of government incentives, it is no surprise solar power is one of Australia’s fastest-growing industries.
Australia currently has over 2.86 million solar PV installations, the majority of which have been installed over the past decade. This equates to around one in four Australian houses now have rooftop solar power.
According to the Clean Energy Regulator, over 362,000 rooftop solar PV installations occurred in 2020, with 71,798 of these occurring throughout Victoria.
As of June 2021, it is estimated the installed capacity of Australian PV is over 22 million kW or 22.3 gigawatts. By contrast, it was just 422 kW when the Australian PC Institute began collecting data in 2001.
A downside of this exponential growth, however, is the emergence of “cash grab” providers who have capitalised on this demand by selling cheap – sometimes unsafe – products and cutting installation corners to make a quick profit.
Reports have noted a lack of after-sales support, poor output, broken inverters and even panels catching fire from some providers.
Since 2011, over 750 solar installations companies have stopped trading – leaving thousands of customers out of warranty.
In light of this statistic, consumers need to choose a reputable installer that has the appropriate licenses and accreditations, provides a full service – including post-installation – and offers long warranties.
Additionally, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) suggests using only Approved Solar Retailers.
To assist in making the right decision, see below 25 of the best solar panel installers across Melbourne.
The Top Solar Panel Installers Across Melbourne
1. RJC Electrical
RJC Electrical specialise in residential, commercial, civil, renewable energy service and maintenance. Founded in 2011 by Ryan James Carafa, RJC Electrical provides services across Melbourne for a wide variety of clientele.
2. JMC Electrics
JMC Electrics provide electrical and renewable services across Melbourne and the Gippsland area. Owner-operator Jonathan McMicking has a decade of experience in designing and installer solar systems in both residential and commercial settings. Additionally, JMC is also a Tesla Powerwall Battery certified installer.
3. Harpoon Electrics
Harpoon Electrics are a homegrown local electrical business in Safety Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. They have over 20 years of experience in the industry and provide solar installations throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
4. Premier Solar Installations
Premier Solar Installations (PSI) are a leading solar energy solutions provider in Melbourne servicing commercial and domestic electrical and solar needs. Their experienced team of commercial electricians, accredited designers and installers have been involved in the solar industry since 2006.
5. Transfer Solar
Operating since 2011, Transfer Solar was started by Jason Svarc after building an off-grid solar home in Kinglake, Victoria. Already equipped with a machinal/engineering background he honed his skills towards emerging solar and battery technology. Transfer Solar designs custom high-performance solar systems for both households and businesses.
6. Trione Energy
Based in Tullamarine, Trione Energy are a 100% Australian owned solar panel installation business. Since 2009, Trione Energy has been providing residential and commercial solar packages across Melbourne.
7. Essential Solar
Essential Solar has specialised in solar PV since 2012. Four in-house teams of electricians and installers, along with engineering, design and maintenance teams, provide services across Melbourne and regional Victoria.
8. Max Power Electrical
Max Power Electrical was founded by Michael Stillman back in 2004 and provide a range of electrical services across Melbourne. Michael and the team have worked on numerous small to large residential, commercial and industrial projects with a strong network throughout all trades. They specialise in solar grid connection and maintenance services.
9. Sunrun Solar
Sunrun Solar is an Australian based solar provider in Victoria that is expanding nationally. Established in 2014, their in-house installers, engineers, designers and service teams provide services to residential, commercial and industrial clients.
10. Sailax Solar
Sailax Solar is a solar energy solutions provider based in Campbellfield. With over 15 years of experience across New South Wales and Victoria, the team install solar systems for residential and commercial customers.
11. Eco Relief
Eco Relief is a Melbourne-based solar panel designer and installer. They specialise in commercial and residential solar, along with solar battery storage, and have been in the industry since 2013.
12. Total Solar Solutions
Total Solar Solutions is a Bayswater-based solar company offering a full in-house team of sales consultants, office support and electricians. Along with being 100% Australian owned, since 2016 Total Solar Solutions has been a Clean Energy Council approved retailer. The team specialises in residential and commercial solar along with battery storage.
13. Solar Dynamics
Solar Dynamics is a Mordialloc-based solar installation provider. Since being established in 2009, it has provided solar electricity solutions to over 5,800 installations across Victoria to both residential and commercial customers.
14. Jet Solar
Jet Solar is a solar and battery specialist based in Wheelers Hill. With over 15 years of experience in solar installations, Jet Solar has installed over 3,000 solar systems on homes and businesses across Victoria using an in-house team.
15. Urban Renewables
Urban Renewables was established in early 2010 and since then has installed over 2,000 solar systems across Victoria. The owners provide all facets of Urban Renewables service from quotation to installation to after-sales service.
16. Solar Tactics
Solar Tactics is a family-owned and operate solar PV system installer, servicing the Melbourne south-eastern region which includes Casey, Cardinia, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula. All their installers hold a REC (Registered Electrical Contractor) licence – something that over 60% of solar retails don’t have.
17. Sky Power Energy
Sky Power Energy is a family business based in Hoppers Crossing. Since 2008, Skypower has provided solar solutions to a range of business and residential properties. Owned and operated by Charles Zammit, they primarily service Melbourne and north-western Victoria.
18. Formosa Electrics
Formosa Electrics is a solar company based in Melbourne. Initially, the company began by subcontracting to large solar sales companies. After witnessing the lack of genuine customer support throughout the sales and after-sales process, Formosa Electric was born as a full-service installer. Their vision is for all roofs in Australia to be covered with solar panels.
19. 3 Phase Solar
3 Phase Solar is a national company specialising in solar solutions for the commercial market, focusing on small to medium businesses. The company’s founder has over 10 years of experience in delivering residential and commercial solar projects, to the tune of more than 3 megawatts of solar power.
20. HDC Solar Solutions
HDC Solar Solutions provide services across the Yarra Valley, concentrating in the eastern, south-east and Peninsula areas. After 10 years of general electrical work, HDC began solar installations in 2017. The Head Electrician, Cameron, has done over 500 commercial and residential installations.
21. C-COR Solar
C-COR Solar began in 2018 and are based in Mulgrave. They provide solar and battery storage services to both residential and commercial customers. C-COR Solar has an in-house expert team and uses this alongside high-quality vendor equipment to deliver the best outcome for their clients.
22. TCK Solar
TCK Solar has been in the industry since 2009 providing solar solutions to homes and businesses. Using the latest technology, they aim to provide and install all-electric energy solutions for your home.
23. Teaslec Electrical and Solar
Teaslec Electrical and Solar are Melbourne-based solar and electrical experts. All their work is completed by internal long-established qualified Electricians who service the entire Melbourne metropolitan area. They cater to all budgets and offer a 10-year guarantee.
24. Primero Electric and Solar
Primero Solar and Electric are a Melbourne based solar designer and installer. With over 15 years of experience, Primero has performed over 2000 residential installations and over 150 commercial installations. They have 6 CEC Accreditation Electricians and a team of over 20 installers.
25. EOC Energy
EOC Energy is a full-service solar power installer servicing Melbourne’s west. The team has 30 years of combined industry experience and have successfully completed over 2,000 solar projects.