Tru Blu Solar Co have installed hundreds of systems across the Central Coast, Sydney, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter regions. If you are looking for a quote you can call us right now to get some quick guidance regarding costing. Or, if you have a particular question you may want to ask just hit our line and we can assist! We can provide you with accurate advice off the cuff. When purchased from the correct company solar panels can be a particularly rewarding investment. Most of Tru Blu Solar Co’s customers with solar panels save about 50-90% on their electricity bills. We have in house engineers working round the clock on design and documentation to ensure our in house installers are able to work efficiently and deliver a first class installation.
The core reason why we started this business is to help people save money with solar. Our goal is to provide expert advice that assists homeowners in making the right investment specific to their unique situation. We provide a range of solar and battery products fit for purpose. Our installation finishes are quality and of utmost importance to us here at Tru Blu Solar Co. A key difference that sets us apart from our competition. We recommend only all black panels and racking equipment. This ensures an aesthetically pleasing installation finish. What makes us different is that we invest the time into the relationship with our clients to ensure that we fully understand their requirements in order to provide them with the right advice. Prior to every installation we have a CEC Accredited inspector complete a site inspection to discuss your installation and document any of the key requirements and specific needs tailored to your home. This document is shared amongst all company staff to ensure we can deliver a consistent and professional service. You will not find another company that works harder to help you make an informed decision. We are the company you call 5 years after your installation with a smile on your face because you’ve made a good choice.
The Owner Director Billy is a Structural Engineer, Electrical Contractor and is accredited by the Clean Energy Council. He works both on and off the tools to provide the best customer experience before, during and after your solar panels have been installed. Billy will guide you through the entire process. Our in house installers drive Tru Blu Solar Co cars and wear Tru Blu Solar Co uniforms proudly. These key staff members are electricians that love installing solar panels and battery systems. Our installation finishes are seamless and turnkey. We provide our clients with a solar system that they are proud to own.
The key to maximising your savings is to use your solar power when the sun is shining. This means turning on appliances that consume bulk electricity during the middle part of the day to help soak up the solar. At the same time this avoids using the grid supply of electricity. This will provide you with the best return on your investment. We understand that sometimes we want to turn on electricity when it is convenient and this may not be when the sun is shining. However, your pool pump, your hot water system, your clothes dryer, washing machine and dish washer are just a few examples of what can be operated efficiently around the sun! As you can see below taking our advice will yield the best results. If the 5 star reviews above weren’t enough to convince you, then surely the power bills in credit below will!
We will keep this as simple and brief as we can to communicate the key ideas with you. Our recommendations definitely take into consideration all of the research and recommendations you have done by browsing the internet that is for sure! Certainly, as a company that has designed, supplied, installed and maintained hundreds of residential solar and battery systems across NSW we are well equipped to provide expert advice. Keep in mind that with all the products you have available to you we have worked on them through all aspects. Design, supply, install and maintain. This means we know what works and is compliant with Australian Standards, we supply and install the product ourselves and, we are well aware of the products reliability and manufacturer support. It is most important that when buying solar you understand that your installer is your first line of contact in the event something doesn’t seem quite right. It is not as simple as sending a TV back to JB Hi Fi for a warranty claim.
We split our products into two groups. ‘Premium’ and ‘standard’. So what makes a premium solar panel and what makes a standard solar panel?
A standard solar panel is simply a solar panel that does not have all of the above. These days we are lucky and you can buy a premium solar panel at near the same price of a standard solar panel. At the time of writing this (July 2023) we recommend you buy a premium Jinko panel. You’ll get all the premium criteria and pay a standard price. It is the market leader in our opinion. The only time we ever recommend any other panel is if the home is within the ocean spray zone or in extreme wind zones. In these cases we recommend REC solar panels as they have been tested under additional rigorous conditions to prove that they can withstand the harshest of environments.
Inverters are slightly differently classed. Instead of simply ‘premium’ and ‘standard’ we first split the inverters into ‘String’ and ‘MLPE’. MLPE means module level power equipment. And simply, that means that something is attached to the back of each solar panel ‘module’ on your roof. MLPE covers the likes of Enphase Microinverters and SolarEdge Power optimisers. It also covers other brands of microinverters and power optimisers but those are the main brands. MLPE will perform slightly better in shaded conditions and can will give you greater flexibility with the design and layout of the solar panel array. However, don’t believe everything you read on the internet. MLPE will not outperform string inverters in shaded conditions anywhere near as much as the marketing you see online claims that it will.
String inverters are your standard type of inverter that the majority of solar installations use. They are a small box shaped appliance that gets installed next to your main switchboard. A string inverter will have 2-3 cables going to your roof. Each one of these cables controls a group of solar panels. Panels connected to the same cable are in the same series circuit. This mean that they operate in a group together. So if one panel in that circuit/group is affected by shade or has a failure in it all panels in that same group will be affected. Shade does not have as much of an impact on string inverters as the internet tries to tell you. Modern solar panel manufacturing methods and inverter MPPT algorithms are far smarter than what is portrayed online. MLPE (microinverters and power optimisers) do combat shade better than string inverters just not as much as the internet and marketing campaigns claim they do. Basically every string inverter on the market comes with a wifi dongle that allows you to monitor the production of your solar panels only. A good installer will commission it for you and a bad one (the cheap ones) will leave it all up to you. What you need to do is make sure your installer is including a smart meter to monitor the consumption of energy in your home. This is imperative for you as a homeowner to totally understand how energy is being produced and used in your home. The data is useful in the future if you want to add an electric vehicle charger or battery solution to your home. String inverters generally come with 5-12 years warranty.
MLPE stands for module level power equipment and is a technical term used to describe the family that consists of microinverters and power optimisers. Module level power equipment simply means something attached to the back of your solar panel. Like a microinverter or power optimiser. These devices are good for combatting the efficiency losses due to shade. MLPE also provides us with a way to monitor each individual panel. This can be advantageous when servicing is required and can also give you a good description of what panels on your roof get the most sun. We sell these devices with a complete package that includes production, consumption and individual panel monitoring. The full monitoring package. These types of inverter technologies generally come with a 25 year warranty. You are probably now thinking, ‘well which inverter do you recommend?’, the answer to that is its up to you what you want. MLPE systems will cost more than string systems. We provide proposals for you to install both options and let you decide what you think is most valuable for your purpose. With our experience installing several different types of MLPE we can recommend that Enphase Microinverters are our go to product. This is the most reliable and highest quality MLPE on the market.